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Hawaii to Allow Rideshare Operators at Honolulu Airport

Hawaii will allow ridesharing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules. Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Daniel K. …

Study Looks at Polypharmacy Claims in California Workers’ Comp

A study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows the likelihood that indemnity was paid on a workers’ comp claim increased with the number of concurrent prescriptions the injured worker was on. Concurrent use of multiple medications to treat one …

The Liberty Co. Acquires Majority Ownership of Mitchell & Mitchell in California

The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers has acquired majority ownership in Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency of Novato, Calif. Liberty will become majority owner joining with several former shareholders of Mitchell & Mitchell, including Gary Mitchell who will continue as president. …

Apparent Natural Gas Explosion in Denver Injures 9

Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Aug. 14, firefighters said. Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said seven bystanders were treated for minor injuries and released after …

Experts: Cost of Hail Damage Will Continue to Rise

Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, according to climate and weather experts who spoke at a conference in Colorado …

Kroger to Pilot Self-Driving Grocery Delivery in Arizona

Kroger Co. is bringing self-driving grocery delivery to Arizona. The largest grocery chain in the U.S. will start delivering groceries in autonomous-capable Toyota Prius cars starting Aug. 16 at a Fry’s Food Stores location it owns in Scottsdale. To start, …

Crumbaker Opens Brightway Agency in Carlsbad, California

Veteran insurance executive and now Brightway insurance agency owner, Brian Crumbaker, has opened Brightway, The Crumbaker Agency in Carlsbad, California. While the brand is still new to California, Crumbaker’s Agency is the company’s fourth agency in the Golden State. Crumbaker …

Cannasure Hires Radkowski as VP – Regional Agency Sales Manager in Las Vegas

Cannasure Insurance Services (Cannasure), an insurance MGA and wholesale broker for the cannabis industry, has hired Kelly Radkowski as vice president – regional agency sales manager. Radkowski, who is based in Las Vegas, will be responsible for driving growth, bolstering …

California Considers Rule Changes as Legal Pot Market Struggles

The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive in California and shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some licensed shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana …

SECURA Insurance Adds Denny as Arizona Market Manager

Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance has added Page Denny as market manager for Arizona. Denny joins SECURA from RLI Insurance where she most recently held the position of senior underwriter. She brings a solid understanding of commercial insurance to this sales …

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