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Casabat Joins Hub International in San Francisco as Benefits Exec

Hub International of California has added Antonio Casabat as a senior vice president for the employee benefits consultancy, responsible for client advocacy and consulting on behalf of clients located throughout the United States. Casabat’s primary role is the design, placement …

$160M Claim Filed by Navajo Nation Over Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year’s mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Duck Boat Maker to Pay up to $1M over Washington Crash

The company that manufactured a duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle last year has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced. Ride the …

Survey: California Leads Nation in Insurers Contracting with Diverse Businesses

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones hailed the results from the first national survey of the insurance industry around supplier and governing board diversity issued today. Insurance commissioners from six states – California, District of Columbia, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and …

Oregon Backs off Testing Regulations for Pot Industry

The state of Oregon has temporarily eased up on testing requirements for marijuana, days after business insiders warned that new rules would cause a drop in state tax revenues, an increase in black-market sales and layoffs in the industry. The …

Oregon Water District, Couple Sued over Fatal 2015 Slide

Two sons of an Oregon woman who died when a mudslide tore through her home last winter seek nearly $10 million in a lawsuit filed against a Florence couple and a utility district. Stephen Miller and Keith Eldien allege the …

Colleagues of Oakland Artists’ Colony Founder Paint Caustic Portrait

The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists’ colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbors …

Pinnacle Names Brobeck Senior Consulting Actuary in California

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Inc. has named Linda K. Brobeck a senior consulting actuary in the firm’s San Francisco, Calif. office. Brobeck has been in the property/casualty insurance industry since 1986 and has been providing actuarial consulting services since 2011. Her …

Suit over Woman Shot by University of Arizona Officer Revived

A federal appeals court has resurrected an excessive-force lawsuit by a woman who was shot by a University of Arizona police officer six year ago as she held a knife in her hand outside her home. Amy Hughes had lost …

Cleanup Costs of Oregon Train Derailment Along River Pilling Up

Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is …

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