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Senate Confirms Smith as Head of Oregon Consumer and Business Services

The Oregon State Senate has confirmed Cameron Smith as director for the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Smith has served as acting director for the department since Gov. Kate Brown nominated him in December 2017. Smith previously was director …

Montana Investment Board OKs Transfer of State Fund Money

The Montana Board of Investments approved the transfer of $14.7 million from the Montana State Fund to the state’s firefighting fund by April 1. During a special legislative session in November, lawmakers set a temporary 3 percent management fee on …

Family of Actor Bill Paxton Sues Hospital in California for Wrongful Death

The family of Bill Paxton has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed the actor’s heart surgery shortly before he died. The suit filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center alleges the surgeon, used …

Idaho’s ‘Freedom’ Plans Ignore Obamacare, But Have Limits

After Idaho’s Republican governor promised to find creative ways to get around Obamacare, one health plan in the state plans to offer skimpy coverage that may violate many of the law’s protections for patients. Blue Cross of Idaho said Wednesday …

Integro Names Neal as Principal in Marine Practice in California

Integro Insurance Brokers has named Jacquelyn Neal as a principal in the marine practice. Neal is based in the San Francisco, Calif. office. She will manage a book of existing marine clients and develop new cargo and marine liability business. …

California Lawmakers Want to Beef up Dam Checks After Oroville

California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents living downstream from the tallest U.S. dam. The Assembly unanimously gave final approval to …

Utah Ready to Sue California Over Coal Power Fee

Utah lawmakers want the state to set aside $2 million to sue California over rules that make coal-fired power more expensive. The proposal from Republican Rep. Mike Noel passed through a subcommittee this week with only one Democratic lawmaker raising …

Poizner Wants Former California Insurance Commissioner Job

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate is running to retake his old seat as California’s top insurance watchdog. But this time Steve Poizner is running for insurance commissioner as an independent, not a Republican. He filed paperwork Monday …

Southwest Airliner Catches Fire at California Airport, 139 Passengers Evacuate

A fire on a Southwest Airlines plane forced passengers to evacuate before takeoff at a Southern California airport. Officials from John Wayne Airport say the crew of the Boeing 737 decided that the 139 passengers should evacuate Monday night using …

Clearcover Insurtech Announces California Launch

Clearcover, a data-driven auto insurtech startup, announced the California launch of its platform today and that it is officially selling car insurance policies to residents in the state. The Chicago, Ill-based firm is promising that “consumers can save hundreds of …

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