October 22, 2018

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Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:05:30 +0000
Surgeons at an Ohio hospital have developed a treatment protocol that they say sends people home after operations without any opioids to manage their pain, leading to shorter hospital stays. “Over 75 percent of our elective colorectal patients underwen...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:09:54 +0000
Californians accounted for 11.9 percent of all jobs covered by workers’ compensation in the U.S. in 2016, 13.9 percent of covered payroll and 19.6 percent of all cash and medical benefits paid for work injuries and illnesses, according to the …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:15:58 +0000
Robertson Ryan & Associates Inc. has added First Dependable Insurance in Las Vegas, Nev. with the addition of Tom and Vicky Raasch. Tom and Vicky Raasch own First Dependable Insurance. Tom Raasch focuses on commercial insurance programs for business, b...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:00:52 +0000
Automated customer service is a fact of life. In fact, many people are more comfortable sharing personal details with a machine than with a human. But automation must appreciate that not every customer is a 40 year-old college graduate, with …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:14:34 +0000
An Oregon woman is suing Bank of America, claiming a Hillsboro branch transferred $13,000 from her account to scammers. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Rebekah Adams filed the lawsuit last week, claiming a teller failed to inform her that the money s...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:56:34 +0000
It’s the greatest need after a hurricane and sometimes the hardest one to fulfill: Electricity. Almost two weeks after Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on a path of destruction that led all the way to the Georgia border, …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:42:59 +0000
Trees brought down by Hurricane Michael’s ferocious winds took a heavy toll on life, property and the timber industry in the heavily forested Florida Panhandle, where $1.3 billion in timber was lost, authorities said Friday. Florida Agriculture Commiss...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:37:48 +0000
People searching for health insurance policies in Louisiana will likely fare better than those in many other states as the Nov. 1 annual open enrollment period approaches for the individual marketplace. The Advocate reports data from the Centers for Me...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:34:10 +0000
Authorities say a Minnesota frozen food and packing company is recalling more than 212,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and chicken products that contain vegetables that might be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. The Agriculture Department said...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:32:59 +0000
Insurance Office of America (IOA) has hired industry veteran Phillip Lane to its team as it adds locations in Brevard County, Fla. Lane joins the team as a risk management consultant. Prior to joining IOA, Lane was a producer at …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:30:52 +0000
Land O’Lakes Inc. and Gravie will expand their Farmer Health Insurance Plan in next year in Minnesota. When a law was passed in Minnesota last year allowing agricultural co-op members to band together to purchase group health benefits, Land O’Lakes …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:25:43 +0000
An earthquake shook parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles on Oct. 20. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:04 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles (15 kilometers) north-northeast of Amarillo. The temblor was record...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:24:00 +0000
Early Monday morning, Austin Water issued a boil water notice for all of its customers due to elevated levels of silt from last week’s flooding. The water system is “the most recent infrastructure to struggle to keep up with” the …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:19:20 +0000
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers do not have authority to issue speeding tickets to or arrest drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles. The finding came Friday in separate 2016 cases in …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:06:18 +0000
Wheelchair users attending Seattle Mariners baseball games at Safeco Field get a “second-class” experience, a nonprofit disability-rights law firm says, and has filed a discrimination lawsuit. The Seattle Times reported that Washington Civil and Disabi...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:03:45 +0000
A Portland, Ore. cremation worker who says she was sexually harassed and fired after reporting she sustained a back injury when a heavy corpse fell on her has filed a lawsuit seeking $900,000. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the sex discriminati...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:01:38 +0000
A Colorado reports shows marijuana sales in the state have exceeded $1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales reaching $200 million. The Denver Post reports the state Department of Revenue report indicates medical …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:58:23 +0000
California moved a step closer Friday to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs who are opposed to the rule. The proposal is a major issue that …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:10:29 +0000
USI Insurance Services (USI), a provider of insurance brokerage and risk management services, has acquired Philadelphia, Penn.-based Beneficial Insurance Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Beneficial Bancorp Inc. Founded in 2005, the insurance brok...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:02:08 +0000
An Amtrak engineer charged with manslaughter in a deadly high-speed derailment in Philadelphia won’t go on trial until next year because of delays in getting evidence from federal investigators. A lawyer for Brandon Bostian says neither he nor state pr...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:01:57 +0000
Brown & Brown Inc. has agreed to acquire the assets of the Hays Companies insurance operations. The deal for the Minnesota-based insurance broker with $200 million in revenues marks the largest acquisition ever by Brown & Brown in its 75-year …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:33:24 +0000
Federal officials are investigating a Vermont roofing and construction company whose employee died in a fall at a job site in New Hampshire. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:51:05 +0000
Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why. Tornado activity …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:26:35 +0000
Like many diligent public servants, Georgia state Representative Ed Setzler enjoys crowing about a nice, tidy highway project. In a Sept. 8 Facebook video, the Republican appeared to be doing just that from behind the wheel of a car. This …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:58:22 +0000
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide announced it has developed a probabilistic model for cyber risk, which is capable of accounting for security breach and cloud service provider downtime incidents for insurance portfolios worldwide. AIR’s pro...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:35:32 +0000
The London Market Group (LMG) announced that a contract has been signed with Sequel to deliver a faster and more efficient solution for approving and registering coverholders, and a new integrated tool for generating delegated authority binder contract...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:46:05 +0000
Miller announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alston Gayler and Co. (AG), majority owned by Nelson Holdings Ltd. AG is an independent London market re/insurance broker specializing in multiple lines of business, said Miller, no...
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:34:39 +0000
Billionaire Richard Li’s FWD Group is nearing an agreement to buy control of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Indonesian life insurance arm, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that would boost the tycoon’s presence in one of the …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:26:32 +0000
A fleet of autonomous taxis could roll onto the streets of the U.K. capital within three years, after one of London’s biggest private-hire taxi companies struck a deal with a maker of autonomous vehicle software. Addison Lee Group, which has …
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:57:10 +0000
The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Ltd., the nation’s largest property insurer, cut the size of a planned first-time domestic share sale and indicated it will proceed when the market improves. The company will offer a maximum of 1.8 …