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Cruise Ship Tests Coronavirus Containment As 300 Passengers Return to U.S.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif./GENEVA, Feb 17 —More than 300 American cruise liner passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were flown home to military bases in the United States after two weeks under quarantine off Japan. The cruise …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2020 10:06 PM
Jury Awards $265M to Farmer Claiming Drifting Herbicides Damaged His Orchard
A Missouri jury’s $265 million award to peach grower Bill Bader in his lawsuit against herbicide providers Bayer and BASF has raised the stakes for the two companies as at least 140 similar cases head to U.S. courts later this …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2020 2:44 PM
Days of Torrential Rains in Southeast Leave Swollen Rivers, Mudslides
Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. An Alabama town asked residents to cut back on water usage after a pumping station …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 5:59 PM
Soaking Rains Cause Rock Slide in West Virginia, Prompt Flood Warning Along Ohio River
Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 5:57 PM
Missouri Man Sentenced for Stealing Almost $4M from Former Employer
A Kirkwood, Mo., man has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $3.8 million in restitution after being convicted of stealing that amount from his former employer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 5:33 PM
SLTX: Texas Adopts Updated Surplus Lines License Rules for Military Spouses
The Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) reported that new rules for surplus lines agents in Texas who are military spouses have been adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and became effective Feb. 6, 2020. A new …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 5:19 PM
Oklahoma Senate OKs Bill to Allow More Armed Teachers
School teachers in Oklahoma with a gun license would be able to carry firearms into their classrooms with district approval under a bill approved in the state Senate. The bill, approved on a 37-7 vote mostly along party lines, passed …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 5:09 PM
Ohio House Approves PTSD Coverage for Emergency Responders, Again
The Ohio House has once again approved a measure covering post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders who haven’t suffered a physical injury. Police and firefighters have been pushing for the coverage under the state insurance fund for injured workers for …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 4:54 PM
Luxury Yacht, Owned by Third Point Re’s Loeb, Damages Belize Coral Reef
A luxury yacht owned by hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb damaged a pristine reef atoll in Belize near the famous Great Blue Hole, a popular diving site. The 200-foot (61 meter) Samadhi, owned by Third Point founder Loeb, was filmed …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 4:04 PM
With Ultimate Frisbee Sport Catching On, Researchers Track Pro Athletes’ Injuries
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have published what they believe is the first look by medical science at injury rates of professional athletes from Ultimate, originally known as Ultimate Frisbee, an increasingly popular sport. They have found …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 4:03 PM

West News – Insurance Journal

AssuredPartners Acquires Nevada West Business Insurance Agency, Inc.
AssuredPartners Inc. has acquired Nevada West Business Insurance Agency Inc. in Las Vegas, Nev. The team of five will remain under the operational leadership of Jeff Maren. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Nevada West Business Insurance Agency currently reports …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 3:39 PM
4.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Central California Coast
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 shook California’s central coast on Wednesday but no damage or injuries were immediately reported, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The quake that hit at 7:33 p.m. on the San Andreas Fault was …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 3:37 PM
Idaho Falls Agent Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud
Idaho insurance agent Misty A. Adams was taken into custody this week after being sentenced for insurance fraud. A licensed insurance producer from Idaho Falls, Adams, 45, reportedly backdated her son’s auto insurance policy after he was involved in a …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 6:00 AM
Distinguished Programs Promotes Madsen to Pacific Northwest Sales Executive
Distinguished Programs has promoted Jack Madsen to the role of regional sales executive. In his new role, Madsen will consult with retail agents and brokers across all of Distinguished Programs’ insurance products and services, covering the Pacific Northwest, including Nevada, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 6:00 AM
Alliant Names USI’s Parvey Vice President in Oregon
Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Casey Parvey vice president. The Portland, Ore.-based Parvey will provide risk and insurance solutions to a client base throughout the region. Parvey has a background in workers’ compensation, property, liability and other lines of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2020 6:00 AM
New Colorado Law Tackles Employee Equity, Investment in Startup Cannabis Industry
The startup-laden cannabis industry is probably just right for those who are willing to forego a few extra dollars on their paychecks for the possibility of a bigger payout later when the company grows or goes public. Giving employees an …

POSTED FEBRUARY 13, 2020 9:35 PM
Arizona Insurance And Banking Regulator Schraad Steps Down
Arizona’s top banking and insurance regulator is stepping down for a job in the private sector. Gov. Doug Ducey announced that Keith Schraad was leaving his post Thursday as head of the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions. He …

POSTED FEBRUARY 13, 2020 3:21 PM
Report: Death Toll in 2018 California Wildfire Likely Includes 50 More People
Doctors and other experts say at least 50 more people, many of them elderly or ill, likely died as a result of the 2018 wildfire that devastated the town of Paradise, California, but were not counted in the official death …

POSTED FEBRUARY 13, 2020 3:19 PM
Worldwide Facilities in California Names Kaneko Executive Vice President
Los Angeles, Calif.-based Worldwide Facilities has named Garett Kaneko executive vice president in national client management and sales. Kaneko’s responsibilities will include development of the firm’s relationships with customers. He was most recently strategic lead of insurance partnerships for Newfront …

POSTED FEBRUARY 13, 2020 6:00 AM
Lockton Adds Catalano to Employee Benefits Business in California
Lockton Pacific Series has added Vinny Catalano to grow its employee benefits presence in the Sacramento, Calif., region. Catalano is part of the Lockton’s Pacific region, which encompasses eight offices throughout the Western U.S., including Portland, Sonoma, San Francisco, Sacramento, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 13, 2020 6:00 AM

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