Insurance Journal » Arizona http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:43:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Backers Drop Arizona Legislation On Workers’ Comp Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/27/324590.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:45:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324590 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 …

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AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/18/320704.htm Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:44:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320704 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 …

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Arizona School District Gets $23M Claim Over Boy’s Injury http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/13/316904.htm Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:57:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316904 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 …

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Arizona DUIs Dropped In 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/08/316409.htm Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:59:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316409 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 …

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Arizona DPS to Crack Down On Texting Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/12/310903.htm Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:02:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310903 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 …

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Arizona Legislator’s Close Call in I-10 Dust Storm Prompts Call for Action http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/06/310513.htm Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:47:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310513 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 …

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Willis Names Long Regional Placement Officer in West http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/03/307222.htm Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:16:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307222 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 …

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Brewer Issues Emergency Declaration For 2 Arizona Counties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/23/305960.htm Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:07:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305960 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 …

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Wildfires Across The West Push Spending Past $1B http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/22/302554.htm Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:55:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302554 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 …

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Arizona Flash Flood Carries Away Tour Bus, None Hurt http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/30/299964.htm Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:47:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299964 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 …

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Arizona Regents Cite Concerns Over Student Safety http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/18/298920.htm Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:54:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298920 The board that oversees Arizona’s state university system is expressing concern about student safety in the wake of dangerous and criminal activities that include alcohol-related injuries, sexual assaults and at least one fatality. According to The Arizona Republic, a letter …

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Pistachios in Hawaii Recalled Over Salmonella http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/17/298814.htm Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:43:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298814 Bags of pistachios made by a Hilo company are being recalled for possible salmonella contamination. Hawaii News Now reported the Food and Drug Administration says batches of Hilo Products Roasted & Salted Natural Pistachios may carry the bacteria. The bags …

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Report: Arizona Wildfire Grew Quickly, Was Erratic http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/17/298810.htm Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:40:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298810 A new report shows an Arizona wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly grew into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly order more resources in the …

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Arizona Man Seeks $500,000 Over Dismissed DUI Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/06/12/295134.htm Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:39:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=295134 A man is seeking $500,000 from an Arizona city for his arrest on a drunken driving charge even though a breath-alcohol test showed he hadn’t consumed any alcohol. Jessie Thornton was cited in a Dec. 7 traffic stop in the …

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Feds: Another Tough Wildfire Season For West http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/05/14/291831.htm Tue, 14 May 2013 16:15:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=291831 Fire officials are poised for a tough wildfire season after another dry winter across much of the West, and made more challenging because federal budget cuts mean fewer firefighters on the ground, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday. Jewell said …

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Fewer DUI’s In Arizona Over St. Paddy’s Weekend http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/21/285395.htm Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:09:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=285395 Arizona authorities say there were fewer DUI arrests made over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend compared to a year ago. According to statistics from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 273 DUI arrests statewide from Thursday through Sunday. …

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State Farm Plans to Expand Phoenix Metro Area http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/02/21/282199.htm Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:22:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=282199 The State Farm insurance company is planning to grow its Arizona operations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. A State Farm spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the company will boost its established operations in metro Phoenix as well as in Dallas and …

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Arizona Teen Drivers Face Cellphone Ban Under Senate Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/02/15/281442.htm Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:06:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=281442 Arizona lawmakers are coming after teen drivers’ cellphones. A bill approved by the Senate Committee on Public Safety on Wednesday seeks to prohibit teenagers from using wireless devices while they have their learner’s permit and during the first six months …

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Confie Eyes More Expansion, Push Into Standard Lines http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/01/10/277081.htm Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:59:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=277081 In the coming year Confie Seguros plans to up its buying spree and expand into standard personal and small commercial lines, while broadening its demographic from being primarily Hispanic focused, the president of the Buena Park, Calif.-based insurance agency said …

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4,400 Arrested In Arizona Over Holidays On Suspicion Of DUI http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/01/03/275930.htm Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:30:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=275930 Authorities say nearly 4,400 people have been arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The Arizona Republic reported the arrests were made by officers participating in regional DUI task forces across …

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Family of Slain Arizona Border Patrol Agent Sues Officials http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/18/274421.htm Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:54:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274421 The family of a slain Arizona Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched “Fast and Furious” gun operation, claiming they should have known it created a risk to law enforcement authorities. Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded …

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Official Urges Collaboration On Wildfire Projects in West http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/03/272533.htm Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:19:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=272533 As the western U.S. comes off a tough wildfire season, more collaboration is needed to guard against catastrophic fires and to restore charred forests and rangeland, a senior federal official said at a Western Governors’ Association meeting in Arizona over …

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Pregnant Waitress Wins Settlement From Arizona Bar http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/11/30/272368.htm Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:51:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=272368 A Peoria, Ariz. restaurant and bar must pay $15,000 to a former waitress who was moved from Sunday shifts because its management thought men watching football games would not want to see pregnant servers. The settlement announced by the U.S. Equal …

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Benefits Extended For Fallen Arizona Officers’ Families http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/11/20/271260.htm Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:32:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=271260 A recent change by Glendale, Ariz. officials will extend the city’s discounted health insurance benefits for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Jim Brown, the city’s interim human-resources director, told The Arizona Republic that the plight …

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Arizona City Agrees To Settle Police Shooting Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/11/19/271068.htm Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:23:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=271068 Flagstaff has agreed to a $225,000 settlement for the family of a 78-year-old Arizona man killed by police as he held his son at bay with a shotgun. Kenneth Mitchell was holding the gun to his son’s head after the …

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Arizona Judge Oks $3.7M In Restitution For Wildfire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/11/13/270312.htm Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:53:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=270312 A judge says two cousins who accidentally started the largest wildfire in Arizona history will have to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution. The amount covers the loss of homes and other property, cleanup from the Wallow Fire and …

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Insurer Says It Won’t Cover Armed Arizona Posse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/11/02/269127.htm Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:11:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=269127 An insurance pool that covers sheriff’s volunteers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties is changing its policies to exclude an armed volunteer posse that the state’s second most famous sheriff plans to deploy to scan the desert for smugglers. Following …

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Arizona School District Settles Lawsuit With Ex-School Psychologist http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/09/11/262671.htm Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:43:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=262671 The Tucson Unified School District in Arizona has agreed to pay a former school psychologist $180,000 to settle a retaliation claim. Rose Hamway filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court in Tucson, claiming she was retaliated against by TUSD for …

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Nearly 1,000 Earthquakes In Arizona From 2006-2009 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/08/16/259677.htm Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:11:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=259677 Most people would think earthquakes are rare in Arizona. But a new study published by Arizona State University researchers found nearly 1,000 earthquakes rattling the state over a three-year period. A graduate student in ASU’s School of Earth and Space …

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33 Ariz Drivers Arrested For Extreme DUI On July 4 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/07/09/254850.htm Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:31:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=254850 A statewide task force targeting drunken drivers on the July 4th holiday led to more than 100 arrests. The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says 33 of the 108 arrests were for extreme DUI. That’s when drivers had blood-alcohol …

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