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California Workers’ Comp Medical Dispute Resolution Letters Rose Last Year, Study Shows
After dipping for the first time ever in 2017, the number of workers’ comp medical dispute decision letters rose to an all-time high in 2018, according to a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study on the Independent Medical Review process used …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 9:22 PM
ProAg Announces Agreement to Acquire AmTrust Ag in Kansas
Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Leawood, Kan.-based AmTrust Agriculture Insurance Services. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by May 1. AmTrust Ag, a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services Inc., …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 9:10 PM
Brown & Brown Acquires Assets of ALMEA Insurance in Washington
Brown & Brown of Oregon LLC has acquired substantially all of the assets of ALMEA Insurance’s Vancouver, Wash. location. Following the deal, the ALMEA Insurance team will continue doing business from its existing Vancouver location as a branch location of …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 5:16 PM
Murder of South Carolina College Student Prompts Uber Safety Changes
Uber Technologies Inc. said it was rolling out new safety features to help riders avoid fake rideshare drivers, two weeks after the murder of a college student who got into her killer’s car mistakenly believing it was her ride. The …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 4:59 PM
NOAA Upgrades Hurricane Michael to Category 5
Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 4:58 PM
Study Shows Wisconsin’s Workforce Population Threatened by Migration
Wisconsin has seen a steep decline in net migration of families with children and this could be problematic for efforts to replace the state’s aging workforce, according to a new report. The Wisconsin Counties Association’s nonpartisan research arm, Forward Analytics, …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 3:17 PM
Montana Passes Workers’ Compensation Law for Firefighters
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill to make it easier for firefighters to receive workers’ compensation for cancer and other occupational diseases. The bill signing ends a 20-year fight for firefighters’ workers’ compensation claims to be presumed valid …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 3:09 PM
Oklahoma Passes Law Hiking Turnpike, Highway Speeds
Legislation that increases speed limits on Oklahoma turnpikes and some state highways has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill signed by Stitt last week increases turnpike speed limits from 75 to 80 mph and from 70 …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 3:02 PM
City Council in Hawaii Advances Vacation Rental Bills
The Honolulu City Council has advanced two bills aimed at providing regulations on short-term vacation rentals on Oahu. Both bills now go back to the Council Planning Committee, as interim Council Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi proposes a new draft of Bill …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 2:52 PM
California Lawsuit Claims Dispensary Sold Pesticide-Tainted Pot
An unlicensed marijuana dispensary sold cannabis sprayed with a dangerous pesticide, the city of Los Angeles said in a lawsuit that’s part of a wide-ranging crackdown on illegal pot sales. Marijuana sold at Kush Club 20 contained paclobutrazol, a fungicide …

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 2:50 PM

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