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Nuclear Contamination Found on Worker at New Mexico Weapons Lab

Reports from an independent safety panel show radioactive contamination was found on a worker’s hands and other places at a nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico, the latest safety lapse at the facility as it ramps up work with nuclear …

University of Washington to Pay $123K to Settle Free-Speech Lawsuit

The University of Washington will pay $122,500 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally. The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for $17,000 to cover security costs for the …

Wife Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Colorado Rafting Company

The wife of a Maryland man who died during a rafting trip down the Roaring Fork River filed a lawsuit accusing a Colorado rafting company of negligence and fraud. The Aspen Times reports Allison Parker filed a lawsuit against Aspen …

Court Rules Failed California Workers’ Comp Insurer Can’t Use Special Funds for Administrative Expenses

The Appellate Court of Illinois has issued a decision supporting California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and the California Insurance Guarantee Association’s position that Lumbermens California workers’ compensation deposits can’t be used to reimburse overhead and administrative expenses incurred in connection …

Alera Group Acquires Kaercher Insurance in Nevada

Alera Group has acquired Las Vegas, Nev.-based Kaercher Insurance, which includes Kaercher Campbell, Kaercher Insurance Agency and Sundance Insurance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kaercher Insurance offers employee benefit services, property/casualty insurance and workers’ compensation to clients throughout …

Self-Driving Waymo Part of 5-Vehicle Crash in Arizona

Mesa police say a self-driving vehicle was among five cars involved in a collision, but no serious injuries were reported. The driver of the Waymo vehicle told authorities that the car wasn’t in autonomous mode at the time of Saturday …

EPIC Adds Crystal & Co.’s Chu as Vice President in Southern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has named Brian Chu in Southern California as a vice president. Chu will be based in EPIC’s Downtown Los Angeles office, reporting to Jim Gillette, president of EPIC’s Pacific South region. He will be responsible …

Safety Agency to Watch Tesla Car Fire Exam Following California Incident

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a technical specialist to observe Tesla Inc.’s examination of a Model S that caught fire in California on Friday, the agency said in a statement. The action is not a formal probe of …

Risk Strategies Acquires Craford Benefit Consultants in California

Risk Strategies has acquired San Rafael, Calif.-based Craford Benefit Consultants. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Craford is an employee consulting and benefits brokerage firm that also has offices in Portland, Ore. and Charlotte, N.C. Risk Strategies is a …

Maggie Bender-Johnson Named President of Warren G. Bender in California

Sacramento, Calif.-based Warren G. Bender Co. has named Maggie Bender-Johnson president. Bender-Johnson, formerly vice president of operations, has been a part of Warren G. Bender since 2005. Her father, Stephen Bender, who formerly was president and CEO, will remain the …

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