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Wet Spring delays California Crops, Snow Elsewhere in West

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About the photo: A man with a child using a broom as a paddle canoe near an abandoned car on a flooded street Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 in Kentfield, Calif. Flash flood watches are in place for parts of Northern … Source: Claims Journal

Unceasing Midwest Rains Add to Wettest 12 Months Ever for U.S.

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The rain across the Midwest and Great Plains that’s closed refineries, flooded streets and snarled Mississippi River traffic shows no sign of abating, adding to the U.S.’s wettest 12-month stretch on record. Heavy showers will fall from Texas to the … Source: Claims Journal

Atlantic Could Spawn 8 Hurricanes in 2019, U.S. Government Says

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As many as eight hurricanes may form in the Atlantic in 2019, a “near normal” season following two years of storms that have left a trail of death and destruction in the Caribbean and U.S. coast. Nine to 15 named … Source: Claims Journal

Senate Passes $19.1 Billion Relief Package for Natural Disasters

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The Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster-aid plan Thursday for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires after lawmakers resolved months of disagreement over funds for Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump said he supports the bill. The 85-8 … Source: Claims Journal

Drug Makers’ Opioid Liability Tied to Untested Legal Theory

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Determining who foots the bill for America’s growing opioid epidemic may depend on how well the state of Oklahoma deploys a high-risk legal strategy next week against Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. At least 42 states and … Source: Claims Journal

Judge Approves $105M Fund for California Wildfire Survivors

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Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. received approval Wednesday to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility’s equipment. A federal judge overseeing PG&E’s bankruptcy case approved the utility’s wildfire assistance program to … Source: Claims Journal

Research Finds No Improvement in Worker Outcomes When Medical Prices Increase

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When the price of physician services increases relative to group health rates, injured workers report fewer problems getting the care they want but no significant improvement in physical function or speedier return to work, according to a study released Thursday … Source: Claims Journal

Sources Say JPMorgan Cuts Ties with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

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JPMorgan Chase & Co has cut ties with Purdue Pharma LP over the OxyContin maker’s alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, forcing it to find a new bank to manage cash and bill payments, people familiar with the matter … Source: Claims Journal

U.S. Forecasters Predict Near Average 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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U.S. forecasters expect the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1 to be near average in the number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. The forecasters estimate between two and … Source: Claims Journal

Violent Weather Kills 3 in Missouri, Floods Rivers in Oklahoma

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A relentless barrage of violent weather in the central United States left three people dead on Thursday, local media said, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital, and heavy rain flooded rivers in Oklahoma. The reported … Source: Claims Journal