Articles by Eric Roston

One Square Kilometer of Wetlands Worth $1.8M in Storm Damage Prevention

U.S. protection of wetlands has expanded and contracted dramatically over the last five years, as Democratic and Republican administrations rewrote Clean Water Act rules to their constituencies’ liking. The lack of high-quality economic analysis has been a recurring theme in …

Police, Victims Warn Against Firing Guns on New Year’s Eve

Kaitlyn Kong thought she had been punched hard in the abdomen as she stood among thousands of people in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, as the new year arrived a year ago. Her best friend, standing next to her, thought Kong …

California’s Gov. Newsom Had ‘Baptism by Fire’ in 1st Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy …

Indiana’s Worst Environmental Disaster, 20 Years Later

ANDERSON, Ind. — Twenty years later, Jim Hensley still remembers that call. The longtime machinist was sitting in the shop of the Guide Corp. plant in Anderson, which was then one of the country’s largest manufacturers of headlights and taillights …

Uber, Postmates Sue California to Block Gig-Worker Law

Uber Technologies Inc. and Postmates Inc. sued the state of California, alleging that a labor rights law set to go into effect this week is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court is a preemptive strike against …

Technology’s Promise and Drawbacks Among Top Claims Stories for 2019

Technology — both its promise and its alleged abuse — was a key component of the most important news stories for claims professionals in 2019. Several insurers introduced new technical innovations to their claims processes during the year. At the …

Court Finds Diet Dr Pepper Does Not Deceive Consumers

A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday said the maker of Diet Dr Pepper did not deceive consumers into thinking the soft drink promoted weight loss by including “diet” in its name, a decision that could doom a similar lawsuit …

Hawaii Tour Helicopter Crash Kills 6, Leaves 1 Missing

HONOLULU — The search for the final person missing after a Hawaii tour helicopter crash killed six is expected to resume Saturday depending on weather, officials said. There are no indications that anybody survived the crash, authorities said Friday night …

‘Do Not Sell My Info’: U.S. Retailers Rush to Comply with California’s New Privacy Law

WASHINGTON — U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the …

Thousands Evacuated as Wildfires Hit Southeast Australia

Thousands of holiday-makers have evacuated a popular tourist spot in southeast Australia as a heatwave and strong winds fuel wildfires sweeping through the region. But with temperatures hitting 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) Monday and blazes closing sections of …