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California Utility’s Criminal Probation Ending Amid Ongoing Safety Worries

Pacific Gas & Electric is poised to emerge from five years of criminal probation, despite worries that nation’s largest utility remains too dangerous to trust after years of devastation from wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment and neglectful management. The …

Hundreds Evacuated as Crews Battle California Wildfire

Hundreds of residents remained evacuated Sunday as crews battled a wildfire in rugged mountains along the California coast that forced the closure of the main roadway near Big Sur. One structure, a yurt, was destroyed by the blaze that broke …

Berkley One Expanding into Utah

Berkley One has expanded its personal insurance portfolio to Utah. Berkley One is also expanding into Maine. Berkley One Classics collector vehicle coverage is also launching in Montana, Utah and Wyoming. In Utah and Maine, Berkley One is now offering …

Western National, Alfa Insurance Agree to Sale of Legacy in Arizona

Western National Mutual Insurance Co. and Alfa Insurance announced an agreement for Alfa to purchase Legacy Insurance Services Inc. in Arizona. The deal is pending final regulatory approval. Alfa is acquiring the Legacy and Arizona Auto Insurance Co. entities, as …

California Commissioner OKs FAIR Plan Coverage Options for Farms and Ag Businesses

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Friday approved the FAIR Plan to offer new commercial coverage for farm structure risks starting Feb. 1. The FAIR Plan is an association made up of all admitted insurance companies to be the state’s …

Cause of Death Released for Mother, Son Fall at Petco Park in California

San Diego police have determined the causes of death of a 40-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son who plunged from the third level of San Diego’s Petco Park, just as thousands of baseball fans were heading inside for a Padres …

Woman Missing in Colorado Wildfire Was Last Seen Trying to Save Dogs

As a fast-moving wildfire spread in suburban Denver, an emergency responder warned Edna Nadine Turnbull to evacuate. But the 91-year-old went back inside her home to rescue her dogs. Turnbull and her pets were never seen again. Authorities said Wednesday …

School District in California to Pay $14.7M in Teacher Sex Abuse Case

The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to pay $14.7 million to seven former students at an elementary school who claim their teacher sexually abused them several years ago. Rene Tenas, who taught fourth grade at Hart Street Elementary, was …

Former California Insurance Agent Sentenced in Theft and Embezzlement Scheme

Former insurance agent Blanca Lidia Guzman, 40, of Palmdale, California, was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday on one felony count of grand theft after pleading no contest for defrauding consumers. Guzman reportedly stole more than $16,000 …

People Moves: Pinnacol Names Neppel Chief Investment Officer; Alliant Makes Krickl Vice President

Pinnacol Assurance named Jennifer Neppel chief investment officer. Neppel will succeed David Bomberger, who will retire on March 1 after nine years with Pinnacol. Neppel has a background in investment management, mostly for large healthcare organizations. Pinnacol Assurance is Colorado’s …

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