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PG&E will Spend at Least $15 Billion Burying Power Lines

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SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric plans to bury 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) of its power lines in an effort to prevent its fraying grid from sparking wildfires when electrical equipment collides with millions of trees and … Source: Claims Journal

Western Wildfires: California Blaze Crosses into Nevada

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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire crossed into Nevada, prompting new evacuations, but better weather has been helping crews battling the nation’s largest blaze in southern Oregon. The Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe had burned more than … Source: Claims Journal

All 14 Workers Lost in Tunnel Flood in China Confirmed Dead

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BEIJING (AP) — The bodies of all 14 workers trapped when a tunnel under construction was flooded last week have been recovered, authorities in southern China said Thursday. A brief statement on the Zhuhai city government’s social media site gave … Source: Claims Journal

Miami-Dade’s Unsafe Structures Board Frustrated by Delays

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MIAMI (AP) — Miami-Dade County’s Unsafe Structures Board is under pressure to speed up the process for reviewing problematic structures following the collapse of the Champlain Towers South a month ago. Before the tower collapsed June 24, the county board … Source: Claims Journal

Judge: $150M Initially for Victims in Florida Condo Collapse

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Victims and families who suffered losses in the collapse of a 12-story oceanfront Florida condominium will get a minimum of $150 million in compensation initially, a judge said Wednesday. That sum includes insurance on the Champlain Towers South building and … Source: Claims Journal

Pipeline Break Spews 41,000 Gallons of Oilfield Wastewater

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly 41,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has spilled from a broken pipeline in western North Dakota, impacting an unknown amount of land, state regulators said Wednesday. The North Dakota Department of Environmental quality said Kansas-based Tallgrass … Source: Claims Journal

WCRI Study Shows No Treatment Delays Caused by COVID, but Some Care Avoided

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COVID-19 did not delay medical treatment for workers’ compensation claimants, but did decrease the amount of emergency care and other services provided to injured workers, a study released Thursday by the Workers’ Compensation Institute concludes. Research by WCRI economist Olesya … Source: Claims Journal

US Senate Panel Hears From Chubb, Others on Insuring Pandemic Risk

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NEW YORK — New Jersey business owner Adenah Bayoh told a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Wednesday she paid about $275,000 a year to insure her group of restaurants, only to discover the limits of her policy during the coronavirus … Source: Claims Journal

Agency Eyes ‘Right-To-Repair’ Rules to Aid Consumers, Shops

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones, computers, videogame consoles and even tractors themselves or to use independent repair shops under changes being eyed by federal regulators that target manufacturer restrictions. Responding to a new … Source: Claims Journal

Court: California Can Expand Insurance for Wildfire Areas

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s insurance commissioner can order the “insurer of last resort” to offer more options for homeowners who can’t buy traditional coverage because they live in areas threatened by wildfires, a judge ruled. Massive wildfires in recent … Source: Claims Journal