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Drought Could Increase Fire Threat in Wyoming, Officials Say

Meteorologists in Wyoming have warned that low levels of precipitation across the state could increase the threat of wildfires over the summer. Tim Troutman, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Riverton, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on …

Cyberattack Strikes Pandemic-Besigned Navajo Nation Hospital

A pandemic-besieged hospital on the edge of the Navajo Nation says it has been the focus of a cyberattack. The nonprofit operator of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup issued a brief statement acknowledging “unauthorized activity” on its computer network. …

Washington Port Commissioner Faces Suit over Helicopter Crash

Three people have filed a personal injury lawsuit against a Port of Skagit commissioner over alleged injuries sustained in a helicopter crash near Cypress Island. Helicopter passengers Christopher Neibauer and Ashley Walker, and Hannah Neibauer, who is married to Christopher …

Fight Brewing over Insurer-Backed California Bill That Includes Autobody Shops

An insurance industry-backed California bill to create a new regulatory board for towing and storage companies under the California Department of Consumer Affairs has drawn opposition from the auto body industry. Assembly Bill 294 was introduced by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, …

California Bill Would Mandate Minimum Insurance Coverage at Rehabs

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach, in collaboration with California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara introduced a bill intended to ensure that licensed drug abuse recovery and treatment facilities and recovery residences that contract with the government have minimum insurance coverage levels, …

Anchorage Building Getting $41M Upgrade After Quake

A building in Anchorage that once housed a Key Bank office is undergoing a $41 million renovation inspired by Alaska’s glaciers. The project developer said the former Key Bank Plaza will be modernized and draped in glass instead of concrete, …

Washington Insurance Commissioner-Backed Bill to Ban Use of Credit Scores Amended

A Washington bill to ban insurers from using consumers’ credit scores to determine auto and homeowner insurance premiums was gutted by an insurance industry amendment in the Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee on Feb. 15. Senate Bill 5010, …

California Commissioner Wants More Group Discounts for Lower-Income Drivers

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday released revised draft regulations to expand drivers’ access to group discounts. The revised draft regulations will extend discounts to previously underrepresented drivers in the first major reform of group discounts since voters approved …

Cannabis Broker Spotlight: Lockton’s Devey Helps Clients Battle ‘Insurance Fatigue’

Editor’s note: This part of a series of profiles on cannabis brokers, in which Insurance Journal explores why and how these folks got into the business, the ups and downs of insuring cannabis, as well as a few tips for …

Captain Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter in California Dive Boat Fire

The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, pleaded not guilty this week to manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan was arraigned in federal court in Los Angeles on 34 counts of …

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