Articles by Associated Press

Louisiana Bills Texas Brine $3.5M for Sinkhole

The state of Louisiana sent a $3.5 million bill to the Texas company it blames for a massive sinkhole that has swallowed more than five acres of land in Assumption Parish and contaminated an aquifer. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell demanded …

Big Tex to Rise From the Ashes

State Fair of Texas officials are making Big Tex stronger, smarter, less flammable, more expensive in the wake of the massive mannequin’s spectacular, fiery finish to the 2012 fair. A wiring fault is blamed for a fire that burned Big …

Idaho Cities Consider Going Self-Insured for Employees

Leaders from at least 40 Idaho cities are considering a plan to offset the rising cost of health insurance by becoming self-insured by the end of the year. Under such a system, city health benefits would be paid for by …

Idaho City Appeals Ruling over City Hall Construction Flaws

The city of Meridian has appealed a district court ruling that rejected its claims against a contractor hired to build a new $21 million city hall. In a statement Monday, the city said an appeal had been filed with the …

N.M. Snowstorm Cost $55 Million in Gas Claims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ The natural gas shortage that slammed the state last winter cost insurance companies $55 million in claims. A memo from the state Public Regulation Commission’s Insurance Division says homeowners received the most help representing 7,422 …

Minn. Federal Fraud Case Scheduled in St. Paul Court

A federal fraud case against Peterson Farms is scheduled to begin next week in St. Paul. Peterson Farms, Wendell, Minn. and its related entities Division III Farms and Keywest Farms are accused of receiving $4.2 million in farm subsidies and …

Maine Dirigo Found to Save $44 Million; Governor Claims Victory

Maine Gov. John Baldacci has applauded a ruling by Maine’s top insurance regulator that found $43.7 million in first-year savings from Dirigo Health, a state-subsidized program designed to provide health coverage to Maine’s uninsured. Backers of Dirigo Health said the …

Va. Judge Dismisses Drunk Driving Cases as Unconstitutional

A Fairfax County judge who believes Virginia’s drunken driving laws are unconstitutional has resumed his practice of dismissing all DWI cases brought into his court, leaving prosecutors unable to appeal his rulings. General District Judge Ian M. O’Flaherty dismissed two …

Northern Va. Police Bust Staged Accident Ringleaders

Authorities are taking aim at ‘swoop and squat’ accident scams They call it the “swoop and squat’.’ A driver pulls in front of another vehicle and slams on the brakes, deliberately causing an accident to collect the insurance money. Authorities …

Heavy Rains Force Eastern U.S. Evacuations; Four Lives Lost

Prolonged, heavy rain caused flooding from North Carolina to New Hampshire over the weekend, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate, knocking out electricity, weakening dams and making roads impassable. At least four people died, including two people killed in New …