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4/9/2021

The latest Most Wanted List from the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that collision-avoidance and connected-vehicle technologies should be mandatory for all vehicles. The list also calls for robust measures to prevent speeding-related crashes, distracted driving, and drug- and alcohol-impaired driving.

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Transport Topics
4/9/2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders have proposed spending $536 million on measures to curtail wildfire risk. More than $350 million would go toward fire-prevention measures such as vegetation reduction, while $25 million will go toward improving the fire resistance of older homes.

4/9/2021

Legislation in California that would require the creation of a statewide medical provider network are among the bills introduced in the state that are creating concern within the workers' compensation industry. Another bill would establish a rebuttable presumption for health care workers and contains a wide-ranging definition of "injury" that would include COVID-19; Mark Walls of Safety National says presumptions are problematic because they "change the ground rules" of workers' comp.

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Insurance Journal
4/9/2021

Studies of workers' compensation performance indicators in 18 states through March 2020 offer a "good baseline" for assessing how the coronavirus pandemic has affected claims, the Workers' Compensation Research Institute says. The performance indicators that were evaluated include average total cost per claim, with data showing stability in some states and moderate increases in others.

4/9/2021

This year's Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to bring 17 named storms, eight of which will become hurricanes, with four reaching Category 3 or higher, according to the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project. Those totals would exceed the 30-year average for 1991 through 2000.

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The Weather Channel
4/9/2021

An EF0 tornado with 80-mph wind speeds damaged an elementary school in Tennessee's Cumberland County on Thursday, forcing students to take shelter. The tornado also caused damage to a nursing home and a community center, and some minor injuries were reported.

4/9/2021

A measure that would establish coronavirus-related liability protections for businesses in Texas has gained the state Senate's approval. The bill now heads to the House.

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The Texan
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4/8/2021

An amended bill that would accelerate the legalization of marijuana in Virginia to July 1 has gained state lawmakers' approval and advanced to Gov. Ralph Northam, who proposed the earlier date. Retail sales, however, are still set to start on Jan. 1, 2024, as originally stipulated in the legislation.

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The Virginia Mercury
4/8/2021

Having employees work from home has caused widespread security problems for businesses, finds Verizon's 2021 Mobile Security Index, compiled from 856 professionals responsible for mobile and Internet of Things devices. Criminals "are getting increasingly creative at finding new ways to fool users, break through companies' defenses and compromise organizations' systems and cloud-based apps," the report states.

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4/8/2021

The Florida Senate has approved legislation intended to curtail questionable and fraudulent roof-damage claims and to restrict attorneys' fees in lawsuits against property insurers. "Many homeowners in Florida are facing a steep rise in insurance costs," and the bill would help "by significantly reducing excessive attorney fee awards, adjusting the claims filing deadline to within two years of a loss, and addressing widespread abuses in the roofing industry," APCIA's Logan McFaddin said.

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