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California Wildfires Seemingly Double Homeowners Surplus Premium, as State Eyes FAIR Plan Coverage Expansion
Premium volume from homeowners polices in California’s surplus lines industry have doubled over the past four years, seemingly pushed by an increase in wildfires in the state. This rise comes as California Commissioner Ricardo Lara last week took the controversial …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 10:20 PM
EPA Eases Safety Requirements Enacted after Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion
Days before President Barack Obama left office in 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule aimed at preventing tragedies like the 2013 explosion and fire in the tiny Central Texas town of West that killed a dozen first …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 5:46 PM
Next Level Insurance Agency’s O’Connell Elected President-Elect of NAIFA-Texas
Next Level Insurance Agency CEO Danny O’Connell has been elected president-elect of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Texas (NAIFA-TX) for 2020. He will continue to lead the organization as president in 2021. O’Connell has been on …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 5:35 PM
Indiana Hospital Reports Failure to Disinfect Surgical Tools
Nearly 1,200 surgical patients may have been exposed to hepatitis, HIV and other infectious diseases due to a sterilization failure, a northern Indiana hospital says. A Goshen Hospital sterilization technician failed to complete one crucial step in the sterilizing process …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 5:25 PM
Boeing Settles More Than 60 Wrongful Death Cases Filed After Lion Air Crash
A Boeing Co. lawyer said the aircraft maker has reached settlements in more than 60 wrongful death cases filed after a 737 Max 8 plane flown by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia last year, killing all 189 people aboard. Attorney …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 4:31 PM
Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake Confirmed in Washington
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network confirmed a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck the region near Coulee City and Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington state. The network reported the earthquake struck about 8:48 on Monday morning. KREM-TV reports the earthquake was …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 3:54 PM
Hospital in Washington Addresses Mold Infections, Deaths
Executives at a Washington state children’s hospital have found additional patient deaths from a mold infection after taking a closer look at their records. KING-TV reported Tuesday that Seattle Children’s CEO Jeff Sperring announced Monday that they looked at their …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 3:50 PM
Oregon City Paying $350K Linked to Earthquake Warning Sign Suit
Portland has agreed to pay $350,000 in attorneys’ fees related to a now-repealed policy that mandated warning signs on brittle brick buildings saying they are seismically unsafe. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the Portland City Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to pay the …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 3:49 PM
Video Shows Lyft Driver Dragging Woman from Car in California
Los Angeles police say they’ve cited a Lyft driver for misdemeanor battery after video showed him dragging a passenger out of a car. Alessandra Ward says she suffered a black eye, bruises and a possible concussion after the man pulled …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 3:48 PM
The PURE Group of Insurance Companies Appoints Hourihan SVP, Chief Growth Officer
The PURE Group of Insurance Companies, which includes Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE), the policyholder-owned property and casualty insurer designed for high-net-worth individuals and families, has appointed Jerry Hourihan as senior vice president and chief growth officer. Hourihan will be …

POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 3:21 PM

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