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After Oso Landslide, Washington Offers Online Access to Topographical Maps

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is following through with a key safety recommendation that arose in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide, as it starts to post intricate topographical maps online. The state generates the maps through laser-imaging technology known …

Unfilled Mexico Drug Smuggling Border Tunnels Pose a Security Risk

Mexico’s inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an “open invitation” for cartels to carve out new tunnels, according to officials in the United States. On the U.S. side, drug …

Washington State University Student Rural Road Deaths Spark Concern

The recent deaths of two Washington State University students while driving back from winter break have revived concerns about the safety of roadways leading to the rural college town of Pullman. Some students and parents are criticizing WSU officials for …

Report Finds Slope Deaths Typically Involve Experienced Skiers

A new report is debunking the common belief that those killed on the slopes at ski resorts are new to the sport. According to the annual safety report by the National Ski Areas Association, the average person who died on …

Alaska Officials Find No Sign of Fukushima-Related Radiation in Seafood

State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant. More than 16,000 people were …

Weakened by Drought, Trees are Falling in Drenched California

Drenching winter rains combined with the punishing effects of six years of drought are causing trees to topple across California, in some cases with deadly results. At least two people have been killed in the past month. Seemingly sturdy oaks, …

California Soaked by ‘Atmospheric River’ Weather Phenomenon

They’re called “atmospheric rivers” and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through the air from as far away as Hawaii. Here’s a look at the weather phenomenon that has swelled the state’s rivers, …

Montana Bill Recommends Leaving Air Ambulance Patients out of Cost Negotiations

Montana lawmakers are scheduled to take up a bill that would require air ambulance providers and insurance companies to negotiate payments for services, even if the provider is not in network with the patient’s insurance company. Senate Bill 44 follows …

Washington Court Further Clarifies Defense Counsel’s Role in ROR Defense

The Washington Court of Appeals recently found (Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S., 193 Wash.App. 731, 373 P.3d 320 (2016)), on first impression, that insurer retained attorneys (defense attorneys) were not automatically prohibited from representing insureds merely because the defense …

Hot Yoga Founder Ordered to Give up Income to Pay for Sex Harrassment Lawsuit

The founder of Bikram yoga has been ordered to turn over the proceeds from his global fitness business to go toward a $6.8 million judgment his former legal adviser won against him last year in a sexual harassment and wrongful …

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