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Though Strapped for Cash, New Mexico Missed $193M in Insurance Taxes

New Mexico failed to collect at least $193 million in taxes on insurance premiums over the past five years, even as the state struggles this year to close a major budget shortfall, according to an independent review of collections. New …

Washington Agency Proposes Small Increase in Workers’ Comp Rates for 2017

The rate paid for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington would rise by an average of 0.7 percent next year under a proposal released by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Last year, L&I covered nearly 93,000 work-related …

Oregon Climbing Bridge Closed After Court Ruling

An acclaimed recreational climbing route and one of the only overhang climbing areas in the country has been closed because of liability concerns. The Oregon city of Redmond doesn’t intend to permanently shut down the Maple Bridge Arches Climbing Project, …

Latest California Wildfire Costliest Ever at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to date released Monday. The fire has cost $206.7 million to …

Seattle Considers New Rules for Businesses With Hourly Workers

Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes. It’s the latest push by a city that has …

California Plans to Study Balcony Safety After Fatal Berkeley Fall

California is moving to study state balcony standards after a fatal collapse in Berkeley sent shock and horror across the globe last year. Legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday creates a working group to recommend ways to construct better balconies …

Oregon Sues People Suspected of Starting 2 Wildfires

The State of Oregon has filed lawsuits against people it says were responsible for starting two forest fires. The state filed one suit against a man who is accused of napping while his campfire sparked a 200-acre Southern Oregon blaze, …

$4.2M Settlement After Death at Hawaii Clinic of Man With Sore Throat

The widow and children of a man who went to a rural Hawaii health center with a sore throat in 2013 and ended up dead will receive a $4.2 million settlement from the federal government, the widow’s lawyer said Wednesday. …

Wyoming to Introduce New Connected Technology to Reduce I-80 Crashes

State transportation officials are planning to use new connected vehicle technology on the Interstate 80 corridor in an effort to prevent crashes on the road, which has the highest traffic volume in Wyoming. The I-80 corridor in Wyoming is one …

Utility Agrees to $4M Settlement for Los Angeles Gas Leak

A utility responsible for a massive gas leak that drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California …

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