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Report Shows Significant Rise in Number of Vermont Children in State Custody

A new report shows a significant increase in the number of Vermont children in protective state custody, such as foster care, in large part due to the opiate epidemic. The annual report on Vermont’s young children and families shows the …

High-Flying Drone Market Comes Down to Earth Earlier Than Expected

Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month could play around with a dizzying array of unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones that take selfies. Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras to see at night. Drones that help …

26% of Natural Disaster Economic Losses in 2016 Were Insured: Aon Benfield Cat Report

Overall, just 26 percent ($54 billion) of overall economic losses caused by natural disasters worldwide during 2016 were covered by insurance as a higher percentage of damage occurred in areas with a lower insurance penetration. However, the public and private …

Study Links Truck Drivers’ Health to Crash Risk

Commercial truck drivers with three or more medical conditions double to quadruple their chance for being in a crash than healthier drivers, reports a study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings suggest that …

Hearst Media Buys Work-Loss Data Institute

The giant media firm Hearst has acquired Work-Loss Data Institute (WLDI), a provider of healthcare data and guidelines to the workers’ compensation industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. WLDI will become part of Hearst’s MCG Health division, led …

Tech Firms Collecting Data: How Much Do Consumers Know or Care?

Nearly every technology startup wants the same thing: more data. But in the rush to collect all manner of information about customers, tensions are rising in Silicon Valley over whether such practices amount to a form of surveillance that customers …

Airbus Vows Self-Piloted ‘Flying Car’ Prototype by End of 2017

Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said this week. Airbus last year formed a …

6 Key Trends in Workplace Litigation for 2017

The environment for employment litigation has more than ever been shaped by Supreme Court judges and settlements for wage and hour class actions rose in 2016 while those for other employment-related claims fell, according to a report on workplace class …

Supply Chain Risks Underinsured in APAC: Zurich Insurance/BCI Survey

Six out of 10 organizations in Asia Pacific experienced at least one supply chain disruption in the past year, with one in four incidents costing more than US$1 million, according to a survey conducted by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) …

Robo-Insurance Agents? Bring ‘Em On, Phygitally, Say Consumers

Seven in 10 consumers around the world would welcome robo-advisory services – computer-generated advice and services that are independent of a human advisor – for their banking, insurance and retirement planning, according to a report by consultants at Accenture. Close …