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Missouri Duck Boat Firm Cites Old Maritime Law, Seeks MediationOpen in a New Window

Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations …

 

As More States Legalize Pot, Impaired Driving Warnings IssuedOpen in a New Window

U.S. transportation safety officials are sounding the alarm on drug-impaired driving, calling for state and federal regulators to do more to tackle the growing problem as states grapple with prescription drug abuse and adopt a more permissive stance on marijuana. …

 

Controlled Burns Seen as the Lesser of Two EvilsOpen in a New Window

About 30 members of the crew stood in the morning still of the Oregon forest as Katie Sauerbrey laid out the plans for the day. Some carried shovels or pickaxes. Others leaned against trucks and peered at maps of the …

 

Report: Oklahoma School Bus Traveling too Fast for ConditionsOpen in a New Window

An Oklahoma school bus that hydroplaned on a wet road and crashed in Central Texas last month, injuring nearly everyone onboard, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions, according to a Texas Department of Transportation report. The bus …

 

Michael Highlights Florida Panhandle’s Weak Building CodesOpen in a New Window

Unlike in South Florida, homes in the state’s Panhandle did not have tighter building codes until just 11 years ago; it was once argued that acres of forests would provide the region with a natural barrier against the savage winds …

 

FEMA Chief Slams U.S. Failure to Prepare, Evacuate Before StormsOpen in a New Window

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long angrily criticized the failure of citizens to heed evacuation warnings and leaders to better prepare for natural disasters such as Hurricane Michael. “It’s frustrating to us because we repeat this same cycle over …

 

Working Through Allocation Issues When Multiple Storms HappenOpen in a New Window

A nuanced approach is necessary to work through claims involving multiple perils, according to Bob O’Brien, managing director of Marsh’s National Property Claims Practice and Paul McVey, managing director and Marsh’s National chief property claims officer. A recent blog post …

 

Los Angeles Highway Crash Leaves 25 Hospitalized, 5 SeriousOpen in a New Window

Twenty-five people were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries following a series of crashes involving at least two cars and a bus that crashed through a concrete divider on a Los Angeles highway, authorities said. Five patients were in …

 

Senate Will Probe Massachusetts Pipeline Blasts Tied to Utility WorkOpen in a New Window

A Senate oversight panel next month will convene a hearing to probe the series of explosions in September that rocked several towns north of Boston, an incident that federal investigators have linked to work orders by NiSource Inc.’s Columbia Gas …

 

California Train Agency Fined $650,000 for Worker DeathsOpen in a New Window

Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. The California Public Utilities Commission …

 

Report: Homes in Fire-Prone Areas Hike Missoula Firefighting CostsOpen in a New Window

Rapid population growth and the desire to live near forests means new housing in western Montana is being built in wildfire-prone areas, increasing taxpayer-funded fire suppression liabilities and putting lives and property in danger, according to a new study. Half …

 

In a Proactive Move, PG&E Cuts Power to 60,000 to Prevent WildfiresOpen in a New Window

PG&E Corp. deliberately left customers in the dark for the first time as a precaution to prevent wildfires from breaking out. Almost 60,000 customers in six counties across the Sierra Nevada foothills and Northern California wine country were blacked out …

 

P/C Industry’s Net Income More Than Doubles to $34B in First-Half 2018Open in a New Window

Private U.S. property/casualty insurers saw their net income after taxes more than double to $34 billion in first-half 2018 from $15.5 billion in first-half 2017, with the help of lower catastrophe losses, growing premiums, and an increase in investment income, …

 

N.Y. Senator Says Feds Haven’t Done Enough to Investigate Limo SafetyOpen in a New Window

On the heels of a horrific limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York, the Senate’s top Democrat is pointing to glaring gaps in safety data that he says exist because federal officials have not done enough to …

 

Analysts: Florida Insurers Can Weather Effects of MichaelOpen in a New Window

Florida’s disjointed property insurance system that relies almost exclusively on small and midsize companies will take a multibillion dollar loss from Hurricane Michael, but has sufficient reserves and backups that providers should be able to pay claims without problems, analysts …

 

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