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California Chamber and 2 Workers’ Comp Groups File Brief in Utilization Review Case
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation have filed a joint amicus brief in Stevens v. WCAB, the long-running court case that challenged the constitutionality of the utilization review/independent medical …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 6:14 PM
Wine Named Securities Head, Shultz Asst. Commissioner at Kansas Insurance Dept.
John Wine, current assistant commissioner at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID), has been named securities commissioner within the department, and Clark Shultz has been tapped as Wine’s successor as assistant commissioner. The administrative changes are a result of the upcoming …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 4:50 PM
Watkins Insurance Group Expanding to Georgetown, Texas
Watkins Insurance Group announced it is expanding to Georgetown, Texas, and plans to build a new location in the city’s historic downtown. The new building, to be located at 815 South Main Street, will be a two-story development that will …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 4:35 PM
Texas Mutual Promotes Green-Hinojosa, Scott to VP Positions
Austin-based workers’ compensation insurance provider Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has promoted Amy Green-Hinojosa to vice president of the project management office and Nathan Scott to vice president of investments. Green-Hinojosa joined Texas Mutual in 1995 in the premium audit department …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 4:26 PM
Texas Stamping Office: Surplus Lines Insurance Premium Up for 2017
Data collected by the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) shows that insurance premium amounts recorded in May 2017 are higher than totals recorded in May of 2016 or 2015. The information was presented at the second-quarter SLTX board …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 4:26 PM
Partners Specialty Group Adds Swett & Crawford’s Coelho in Kansas City
Partners Specialty Group Inc., an AmWINS Group Co., has added Michael Coelho to its property team. He is based in Kansas City, Mo. With almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Coelho specializes in protection for challenging property risks, …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 4:14 PM
Missouri Becomes 3rd State to Sue Opioid Manufacturers
Missouri on June 21 became the third U.S. state to accuse major drug manufacturers of fraudulently misrepresenting the risks of opioid painkillers now at the center of a national addiction epidemic. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said his office filed …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 4:11 PM
Zenefits to Pay $3.4M for Fair Labor Act Violations in California and Arizona
Zenefits is in trouble with another government regulator. San Francisco, Calif.-based Zenefits FTW Insurance Services violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying 743 account executives and sales development representatives in San Francisco, and in Tempe and Scottsdale, Ariz., as …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 3:04 PM
California Judge Will Let San Francisco Subpoena Uber for Driver Information
A California state judge said that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ridesharing company’s driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc. …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 2:51 PM
United Valley Adds 2 Members in Southern California
United Valley has added Goodwin Insurance Agency Inc. of Redlands, Calif. and RBP Insurance Services Inc. of Valencia, Calif. to its network. Goodwin Insurance, which was founded in 2004 by agency owners Glenn Goodwin, Nick Goodwin and Holly Grimm, provides …

POSTED JUNE 23, 2017 2:47 PM

Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

Not Just Coal: Retail Jobs Fall Despite Lower Unemployment

Not Just Coal: Retail Jobs Fall Despite Lower UnemploymentA close look at labor statistics shows that retail jobs are falling, even as the national unemployment figure stays low.




POSTED JUNE 25, 2017 3:38 AM

Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shot

Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shotAn off-duty black St. Louis police officer's race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn't recognize him after a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer's lawyer contends.




POSTED JUNE 24, 2017 6:42 PM

Sanders: 'Massive Amount of Demoralization' Among Voters

Sanders: 'Massive Amount of Demoralization' Among VotersIn an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tells Chuck Todd that widespread Democratic loses are a sign that voters are pessimistic about both parties.




POSTED JUNE 25, 2017 2:18 AM

Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill

Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare billBy James Oliphant COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Officials with the conservative U.S. political network overseen by the Koch brothers say they are unhappy with the healthcare bill that may be voted on by the Senate this week and will lobby for changes to it. At a weekend event with conservative donors, top aides to Charles Koch, the billionaire energy magnate, said the Senate bill does not go far enough to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as Obamacare. “We have been disappointed that movement has not been more dramatic toward a full repeal,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots advocacy group backed by Charles Koch and his brother, David.




POSTED JUNE 25, 2017 2:53 PM

Banned Bahraini newspaper fires staff

Banned Bahraini newspaper fires staffA independent Bahraini newspaper has sacked its staff three weeks after Sunni-dominated authorities banned it on accusations that it "sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom. "We regret to inform you that the board of directors... has decided to terminate the employment contracts with the employees," board chairman Adel al-Maskati wrote in English in a message addressed to "all staff" on Saturday. The information ministry banned Al-Wasat in early June "until further notice" for its "violation of the law and repeatedly publishing information that sows division in society and affects Bahrain's relations with other states," said BNA state news agency.




POSTED JUNE 25, 2017 6:56 AM

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arriveGermany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will be jetting in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. Berlin's mayor, China's ambassador to Germany and a gaggle of journalists will greet the VIPs as LH8415 pulls to a stop on the tarmac of Schoenefeld airport.




POSTED JUNE 24, 2017 4:55 AM

Girl Falls Out Of Six Flags Ride As Bystanders Catch Her From Below

Girl Falls Out Of Six Flags Ride As Bystanders Catch Her From Below"It was horrifying," a witness said.




POSTED JUNE 25, 2017 1:18 PM

Hot Car Deaths up As Extreme Heat Sweeps Country

Hot Car Deaths up As Extreme Heat Sweeps CountryNationwide, hot car deaths are up and there’s a push for new legislation in Congress that would require all passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.




POSTED JUNE 24, 2017 11:31 AM

Emmanuel Macron teams up with Arnold Schwarzeneggar to take swipe at Donald Trump on climate change

Emmanuel Macron teams up with Arnold Schwarzeneggar to take swipe at Donald Trump on climate changeFormer Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggar has teamed up French President Emmanuel Macron in a new video pledging to make "the planet great again" in a swipe at US President Donald Trump. Both Mr Macron and Mr Schwarzeneggar are known for their outspoken criticism of Mr Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement. Mr Macron - who along with a number of other European leaders has decried the decision to have America withdraw from the deal - has called on US scientists to emigrate to France.




POSTED JUNE 24, 2017 10:06 AM

Deadly landslide in southwestern China

Deadly landslide in southwestern ChinaFears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6 a.m. in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet, according to the official Xinhua state news agency. President Xi Jinping urged on the rescue effort, but state broadcaster CCTV reported that by midday the only people rescued were a couple and their two-month-old baby.




POSTED JUNE 24, 2017 11:39 AM

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