Insurance Journal » Idaho http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Idaho Man Sentenced For Insurance Fraud Against Progressive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/16/360618.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:56:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360618 An Idaho Falls, Idaho man has been sentenced for filing false car insurance claims. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office says Robert C. MacNeilage was sentenced last week to an intensive treatment and education program at a minimum-security prison, with an underlying …

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Idaho Panel Clears Bill to Ease Restrictions on Uber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/12/360286.htm Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:14:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360286 A bill that would allow the popular ridesharing company Uber to bypass local city ordinances and operate how it wants in Idaho is headed to the House floor. The House Transportation and Defense Committee endorsed the proposal this week, despite …

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Idaho Lawmakers Take Up Guidelines For Driverless Cars http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/05/359573.htm Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:23:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359573 Idaho citizens could soon be sharing the road with driverless cars. A Senate panel considered a bill earlier this week that would allow companies to test self-driving cars on Idaho highways. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Bert Brackett says the plan’s …

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Operations In Boise, Idaho Suspended by Uber After Impasse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/02/358980.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:30:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358980 Uber said on it was suspending its operations in Boise, Idaho, after reaching an impasse in negotiations with city leaders over new regulations. “Steep and growing costs that come from offering thousands of free rides combined with unworkable and onerous …

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Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/26/358657.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358657 In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

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Rock Slides, but no Injuries From 4.9M Idaho Earthquake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/05/351683.htm Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:35:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351683 A 4.9 magnitude earthquake in a remote Idaho county triggered rock slides that blocked some road lanes Saturday but did not cause any major damage or injuries. Hours later around midnight, quakes of magnitude 4.0 and 3.6 struck in the …

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Idaho City Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Uber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/02/351560.htm Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:38:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351560 Boise, Idaho officials say Uber ignored its promise to not charge for driver services within city limits while negotiating an operating agreement for the rideshare company. The city sent Uber a cease and desist letter Wednesday morning – the same …

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Whistleblower on Idaho School District Gets $160K Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/22/350823.htm Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:29:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350823 A former accountant for the Nampa School District in Idaho is being paid $160,000 in a settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit she filed nearly three years ago. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that Danielle Sisayaket claimed she was fired because she spoke …

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Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/18/350630.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350630 Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

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Idaho Company Sues Over Damaged Fries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/15/350085.htm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:21:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350085 Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. has filed a lawsuit against a railway company after a large freight carrying french fries traveling to Georgia spoiled because it wasn’t properly sealed. According to the lawsuit, the company paid BNSF Railway Co. more than …

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Idahoans to See Slight Reduction in Workers’ Comp Rates in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/31/345647.htm Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:31:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345647 The Idaho Department of Insurance this week announced Idaho’s overall workers’ compensation premium rates will be reduced by an average of 0.2 percent for 2015. “This slight rate decrease is an indicator of the stability of workers’ compensation coverage in …

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Idaho Fitness Company Sued by State http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/07/342894.htm Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:49:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342894 Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has filed a lawsuit against a southwest Idaho fitness company. Wasden contends in the lawsuit filed in Ada County District Court that Body Renew Fitness & Tanning and owner Dakota Routh charged customers for memberships …

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With $100M In Crop Losses USDA Grants Eight Idaho Counties Disaster Status http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/06/342784.htm Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:40:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342784 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster area status to eight counties in central and eastern Idaho, clearing the way for farms to receive low-interest loans for operating costs. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration for Bonneville, Jefferson, …

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Idaho Dairy Explosion Kills Worker http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/25/341590.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:43:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341590 A south-central Idaho man has died in an explosion at a dairy. Authorities tell The Times-News the explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. Monday as 30-year-old Dayne A. Hansen of Rupert did welding work on a trailer. Minidoka County Sheriff …

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Barley Crops In Montana, Idaho Rain Damaged http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/10/340113.htm Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:27:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340113 That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015. Heavy late-August rains have damaged crops in the nation’s largest malt-barley producing states, Montana and …

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High Earthquake Probability for Yellowstone Region http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/20/338212.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338212 A new U.S. Geological Survey report indicates a slightly greater earthquake hazard in the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho than previously thought, a geophysicist says. “The new maps show how Yellowstone has had a relative increase in …

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Idaho Farmers Feeling Effect of Russian Ban on Ag Imports http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/13/337451.htm Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:02:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337451 Idaho farmers may feel a small sting from the new Russian ban on food and agricultural imports from the West. Russia was the 14th largest export market for Idaho agriculture as of last year, according to the Idaho Department of …

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Climate Change Considered by Idaho Leaders http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/04/336696.htm Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:32:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336696 Despite the uncertainty over the scale and the speed of climate change, Idaho leaders are working on how to adapt and how to reduce its impacts. Boise law firm Holland & Hart held a workshop for its Idaho clients and …

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Allstate Seeks Agents in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/24/335717.htm Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:02:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335717 Allstate Insurance Co. plans to add several local agency owners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii in 2014. Allstate’s plan is to recruit 51 new exclusive agents, 13 financial specialists and the company expects agency owners will be looking to add 102 sales producers. “Allstate is …

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Asbestos Complaint Forces Idaho Agency to Pay $56,000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/10/334242.htm Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:04:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334242 The Environmental Protection Agency says Idaho inmates were exposed to asbestos when they were sent to work at an Idaho Transportation Department maintenance shop without proper training or equipment. The federal agency announced Tuesday that the Idaho Transportation Department has …

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Drought Designation Given to 5 Idaho Counties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/02/330763.htm Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:04:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330763 Federal officials have designated five Idaho counties as natural disaster areas due to recent drought conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday declared that Butte, Clark, Custer, Jefferson and Washington counties qualified for federal assistance. The designation means farmers …

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Rural Eastern Idaho Visited by Small Tornado http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/23/329979.htm Fri, 23 May 2014 15:57:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329979 Authorities say a small tornado in a rural area of eastern Idaho caused no damage or injuries. The National Weather Service says the twister touched down at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday about 10 miles northwest of American Falls and remained on …

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SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326744.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:29:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326744 Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

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Idaho’s Elmore County Disaster Area: USDA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/03/325394.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:17:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325394 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought. The department designated Elmore County a primary natural disaster area, making farmers and ranchers in the …

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Idaho Senate Panel Passes Sobriety Testing Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/12/323088.htm Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:54:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323088 A bill that would allow Idaho judges to require alcohol breath testing twice a day for some probationers is headed to the full Senate. The bill sponsored Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, gives counties the option to take part in …

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Idaho Worker Awarded Damages for Reporting Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/04/322163.htm Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:08:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322163 A northern Idaho jury has awarded $56,000 to an excavation crew foreman who said he was fired for reporting safety violations on the Sand Creek Byway. The Bonner County Daily Bee reported the Bonner County jury on Friday voted 9-3 …

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Idaho Principal Who Got Axed Files Notice Of Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/28/321832.htm Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:18:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321832 A fired northern Idaho high school principal who says she was discriminated against because of her race has filed a notice of her intentions to bring a lawsuit against the Kamiah School District. The Lewiston Tribune reported in a story …

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Proposal To Raise Speed Limits In Idaho Clears Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/27/321703.htm Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:06:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321703 A bid to increase speed limits on Idaho roads raced to a victory on the Senate floor, as lawmakers voted 30-4 to send it on to the House. Legal speeds would jump from 75 to 80 mph on the interstate …

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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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Former Idaho Councilman Sentenced For Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/07/319859.htm Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:05:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319859 A former Nampa City Council member in Idaho has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 12 years of supervised probation for insurance fraud. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that terms of the sentence given to Bob Schmidt on Tuesday in …

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