Arizona News

Farmers to Expand Operations in Arizona

Farmers Insurance plans to significantly expand its operations in Phoenix, Ariz., which the carrier said could eventually raise its employee base from roughly 500 full-time employees to more than 1,500 employees. Staffing for the new jobs would occur in phases …

Arizona House Leader Wants Another Cut on Insurance Company Taxes

An Arizona House panel has voted to advance a bill accelerating phased-in insurance company tax cuts included in a law passed last year. House Bill 2002 is sponsored by House Republican Majority Whip David Livingston. He also sponsored the bill …

Ridesharing Dominates 2016 Western Region Headlines

Goodbye to the news year 2015, and while there will be no shortage of headline-making topics to associate with the passing year, there was one subject that dominated Insurance Journal’s Western region news stories. Care to guess? No if fair …

Arizona Lawmaker Wants Another Cut to Insurance Company Taxes

One of the top Republican leaders in the Arizona House wants to accelerate cuts to insurance company taxes that were included in a bill he sponsored. Majority Whip David Livingston of Peoria has filed a bill for the upcoming session …

Official Files $123K Claim Following Arizona University Mascot Pounce

A suburban Phoenix official filed a claim against Arizona State University, saying the school mascot seriously injured his back when the costumed character playfully leaped on him at a football game two months after surgery. But Tempe City Councilman David …

3 Small Quakes Shake Central Arizona, Phoenix

Three small earthquakes rattled parts of central Arizona, jolting people in cities 160 miles apart, including parts of the Phoenix area. There were no immediate reports of injury or major damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.1 temblor …

Distracted Driving Ban Takes Effect in Arizona City

A new ordinance banning the use of any mobile device while driving a vehicle in Tempe went into effect over the weekend. A distracted driving ordinance approved by Tempe City Council members last month began Saturday. The law prohibits texting, talking or …

Tropical Rains a Mixed Bag for Southwest Drought Relief

The tropical Pacific is sending a big dollop of rain into the U.S. Southwest. While it won’t help much in drought-ridden California, it’s another step in the right direction for Arizona and New Mexico. The annual monsoon can ease the …

Suit Filed in Arizona over Salmonella Outbreak in Cucumbers

Two Maricopa County, Ariz. residents have filed a lawsuit against a California company over a salmonella outbreak linked to tainted cucumbers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 341 reported cases of salmonella involving the …

Arizona Wildfire That Forced Evacuations Now Partial Contained

A wildfire in Arizona that has grown to more than 6,000 acres and forces hundreds to evacuate is now 40 percent contained, fire officials say. The Willow fire in Mohave Valley is being battled by more than 300 firefighting personnel. …