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Oregon Latest State to Eye Abuses with Photo Estimates for Auto Claims

Oregon state regulators say insurance carriers are too often using photo estimates as a means of making low-ball settlement offers to policyholders without a thorough investigation. Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi on Oct. 21 released a proposed draft of a bulletin …

Excessive Police Body Camera Data Disrupts Workflow in Oregon Courts

As body cameras become more prevalent in police forces and sheriff’s offices, the extra evidence is disrupting workflow an Oregon court system. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Sweet Home and Lebanon Police officers use body cameras and the added footage …

Wildfire Spending in Oregon Triggers Lloyd’s Insurance Policy

Oregon’s tough wildfire season has pushed spending to the point the state Department of Forest is tapping its special insurance policy for the second year in a row. The Bulletin reported that state wildfire costs exceeded the $20 million deductible …

Fired Oregon Workers’ Comp CEO Plans to Sue

The man fired as leader of Oregon’s workers compensation agency after just three months on the job has filed notice that he plans to sue over his ouster. John Plotkin alleges his predecessor at SAIF Corp. wanted the CEO job …

Oregon to Use Radio-Controlled Helicopter to Fight Fires

When a fire filled the Cascade Range’s rugged canyons in southwestern Oregon with smoke in 2011, firefighters started thinking an unmanned aircraft might help them get a look beneath the cover that a conventional scout plane could not. The state’s …

Salem Dam Failure Could Put 40 Homes at Risk

Oregon inspectors say an earthen dam at Salem could flood about 40 homes if it failed, and safety work is needed before the weather turns rainy this fall. It’s difficult to gradually release water from the dam, and trees growing …

Burst Water Main Floods Streets in Oregon Town

A water main burst in downtown Corvallis, Ore., and flooded some streets for about two hours. The Gazette-Times reported a four-block section will be without water a day or longer while crews dig up and repair the damaged 20-inch iron …

Oregon Mom Wants Hit-and-Run Statewide Alerts

A grieving Portland woman hopes Oregon will establish a statewide alert system to find hit-and-run drivers. It would operate similar to the Amber alert system for missing children. Kristi Finney-Dunn lost her 18-year-old son, Dustin Finney, three years ago when …

Oregon Disaster Agency Problems Revealed in Audit

Oregon’s emergency management agency may not be well equipped to recover from a major disaster because of a history of leadership problems and an incomplete plan to handle emergencies, according to an audit released Monday by the Secretary of State’s …

Oregon Lawsuit Seeks $1.5M Over Surgery That Rendered Testicles Useless

The parents of a young boy are suing Oregon Health & Science University over a surgery that rendered the child’s testicles useless. The Oregonian reports that opening statements in the trial began last week in a lawsuit that seeks $1.5 …