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Not Guilty Plea Entered by PG&E In Deadly California Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from a natural gas pipeline explosion in California that killed eight people and injured 58 others in 2010, according to court filings. The utility was indicted by …

Widows of Arizona Firefighters File Additional Claims

Two Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families are seeking to obtain additional death benefits from a state retirement system for public safety workers. The widows of Andrew Ashcraft and William Warneke filed claims last month with the city of Prescott, stating their …

Crack In Washington Dam May Be From Water Pressure

Pressure from the water behind Wanapum Dam may have contributed to the big crack that has disrupted operations at the structure, the Grant County Public Utility District said. The cause of the crack remains unknown, but the utility said it …

U.S. Charges California Utility Over Pipeline Explosion That Killed 8

PG&E Corp., owner of California’s largest utility, was charged with 12 pipeline safety violations by the U.S. government for a 2010 natural gas explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The criminal case comes three and half years …

Evacuations Were Made Following Southern California Quake

A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday. Fire crews red-tagged 20 …

Oversight Chair Questions Safety At New Mexico Nuke Dump

The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were “near misses” at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency …

Alaska Timber Insurance Exchange Gives $2.2M Dividend

The Board of Governors of the Alaska Timber Insurance Exchange, a policyholder-owned workers’ compensation insurance company, announced a $2.2 million dividend is being paid to its members. The dividend represents roughly 33 percent of ATIE’s 2013 direct premiums and it …

Idaho Worker Awarded Damages for Reporting Safety Violations

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 …

California Sinkhole Leaves Citizens Unscathed

Ventura County sheriff’s deputies say Southern California traffic was safely diverted around a 20-foot-wide sinkhole at an Oxnard intersection. The 10-foot-deep hole opened Sunday at Ventura Road and Hemlock Street. Investigators told the Ventura County Star it was probably caused …

Proposal To Raise Speed Limits In Idaho Clears Senate

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 …