Arizona News

Backers Drop Arizona Legislation On Workers’ Comp Benefits

Business-backed legislation to prohibit workers from filing lawsuits alleging they were unfairly denied workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries is going nowhere at the Arizona Legislature. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, supporters of the legislation decided to shelve it …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

Arizona School District Gets $23M Claim Over Boy’s Injury

The mother of a boy who suffered a brain injury after falling at a Tucson, Ariz. elementary school has filed a $23 million claim against the school district. The Arizona Daily Star reported Saturday that the claim for Danette Pahl …

Arizona DUIs Dropped In 2013

For the first time in a decade, the total number of DUIs in Arizona has dropped. That’s according to statistics from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which coordinates a statewide task force targeting drunk drivers. Officers participating in the …

Arizona DPS to Crack Down On Texting Drivers

The Arizona Department of Public Safety plans to crack down on drivers who are distracted by texting or their cellphones in general. The enforcement effort will begin in January and be accompanied by an education campaign, DPS spokesman Bart Graves …

Arizona Legislator’s Close Call in I-10 Dust Storm Prompts Call for Action

An Arizona legislator had a narrow escape on Interstate 10 last week during a dust storm in Pinal County when chain-reaction collisions killed 3 people. State Sen. Steve Farley was driving back to Tucson after a meeting in Phoenix when …

Willis Names Long Regional Placement Officer in West

Willis North America named Linda Leigh Long regional placement officer in its West region. Long will lead a team insurance placement professionals across Willis’ West region, which includes operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. She will …

Brewer Issues Emergency Declaration For 2 Arizona Counties

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a declaration of emergency to assist with flood recovery in Apache and Greenlee counties. A series of powerful monsoon storms passed over the two northeastern Arizona counties on Sept. 13-14. The storms caused significant …

Wildfires Across The West Push Spending Past $1B

More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in …

Arizona Flash Flood Carries Away Tour Bus, None Hurt

Flash flood waters swept a tour bus with 33 people aboard hundreds of yards down a wash in northwestern Arizona and the vehicle flipped on its side, but no one was injured, officials said. The Las Vegas-bound bus was returning …