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Could Washington Landslide Lawsuits Win?

The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure” of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River. Another noted plainly that it “poses a …

Washington Mudslide Death Toll at 30

The number of confirmed deaths in the Washington state mudslide rose to 30 on Thursday with the release of two more victim names. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office says 67-year-old Gloria Halstead and 13-year-old Jovon E. Mangual, both of …

Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake

U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …

Washington Mudslide Yields 2 More Bodies

Rescuers slogging through muck and rain Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, Washington state officials said. The grim discoveries further demoralized the four-day …

Mother Sues Over Son’s Allergy Death In Washington Jail

The mother of a 22-year-old man with severe food allergies who died at the Snohomish County Jail in Washington in 2012 has sued Snohomish County. The lawsuit Rose Saffioti filed Wednesday lists as defendants the county, a corrections officer and …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

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 …

Hole-in-one Insurance Fraudster in Washington Sentenced

Kevin Kolenda, 56, a Connecticut businessman who has been reportedly defrauding golf tournaments and golfers for two decades, was sentenced Friday in King County Superior Court in Washington. Judge Jean Rietschel sentenced Kolenda to 86 days with credit for time …

Online Insurance Transactions Pondered by Washington Legislature

Washington state legislators will consider modernizing how insurance transactions are conducted. House Bill 2662, authored by State Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, will enable policyholders to access their insurance policy through their insurer’s website and also receive insurance notices and documents …

Washington Panel Issues Dueling Climate Reports

A bipartisan Washington climate panel has released dueling reports how to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The panel posted separate reports online Wednesday, splitting along party lines. It had missed a December deadline to come up with recommendations on …

Felony DUI Bill Working in Washington Legislature

A Seattle man who lost his parents and whose wife and infant son were seriously injured last March by a drunken driver asked a Senate panel on Monday to pass a measure that would make it a felony charge to …