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New Mexico Senate Approves Two-Tiered Driver’s License Bill

The New Mexico Senate approved a two-tiered bill on Friday that would continue to grant driving privileges to people in the country illegally. The compromise reached on the issue calls for two distinct driver’s licenses – one that complies with …

Joyce Named Nautilus Insurance SVP of Claims

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Nautilus Insurance Group, an E&S and specialty lines carrier and a member company of W. R. Berkley Corp., has announced two changes to the management team of the organization. Michael J. Kilgas, who has served as senior vice …

Dust Storms and Wildfires Predicted in Eastern Washington

The state is warning that Eastern Washington faces a run of dust storms and wildfires in coming months, thanks to a looming drought. The Department of Ecology says the same conditions that set the stage for a drought – above-average …

Nevada Committee Passes Bill to Boost Speed Limit to 80 MPH

A Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow a higher maximum speed on some Nevada highways. The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed SB2 on Tuesday. It now heads to the Senate floor. The bill originally called for a …

Debris Continues to Hit Western Coast 4 Years After Japan Tsunami

Four years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, debris is still washing ashore in the Northeastern U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. Scientists predict it will continue to arrive for at least the next three years. An estimated …

Colorado Joining ‘Zero Deaths’ National Traffic Safety Plan

Colorado is signing on to a national effort to reduce traffic deaths dramatically – all the way to zero. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to tout the effort Monday afternoon at the Capitol. Six years ago the national Governors Highway …

Washington Senate Passes Bill to Lower Work Injury Settlement Age

The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to lower the age at which an injured worker can settle a claim from 53 to 40. The chamber passed Senate Bill 5513 on a 28-21 vote Tuesday after debate on whether …

Mega-Quake in California Likely in Next 30 Years

Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought. The chance of a magnitude-8 quake striking the …

San Andreas Fault Study Leads to Better Understanding of Earthquakes

As everyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area knows, the Earth moves under our feet. But what about the stresses that cause earthquakes? How much is known about them? Until now, our understanding of these stresses has been …

Asiana Settlement Deal Leaves Many Cases Unresolved

The first set of lawsuits stemming from the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco two years ago have been settled, but dozens of additional cases remain after the accident that killed three Chinese teenagers and injured nearly …

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