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Legalizing recreational marijuana linked to increased crashes: U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about 3% higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, according to a new analysis from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

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Climate change raises new risk: Are inland bridges too low?

June 6, 2017 Scott McFetridge - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DES MOINES, Iowa – A century-old train trestle stands as one of the trophies of Des Moines’ push to spruce up its downtown. Bicyclists and pedestrians pose for pictures beside the brightly painted beams of the Red Bridge and gather

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Dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars, experts say

April 19, 2017 Tom Krisher and Ken Ritter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from

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Northern Nevada braces for more flooding Thursday and beyond

February 16, 2017 Scott Sonner - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO, Nev. – Northern Nevada officials still assessing millions of dollars in damage from the latest round of flooding braced Tuesday for another series of wet storms that could swamp parts of the state again into next week. “Wednesday is

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U.S. National Weather Service issues flash flood warning after dam fails

February 9, 2017 The Associated Press

ELKO, Nev. – An earthen dam failed in a rural area of northeastern Nevada and caused flash flooding that threatened homes, sent waters over low-lying roads and farms and forced the rerouting of trains, officials said. The National Weather Service

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Rain, snow storms pummel the U.S. West; more wet weather on way

January 20, 2017 Scott Sonner - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO, Nev. – More winter snow and rain pummeled the West on Thursday as the first in a series of expected storms soaked morning commuters in much of California, dumped 18 more inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and

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Storm floods vineyards, forces evacuations in Calif., Nevada

January 9, 2017 Ellen Knickmeyer - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORESTVILLE, Calif. – A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. Northern California’s

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Crews try to keep massive northern Nevada wildfire at bay

October 17, 2016 The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. – Firefighters in Nevada were hoping to stop a wind-driven wildfire, which has already destroyed 22 homes north of Carson City, from jumping any major roads Saturday. The blaze between Reno and Carson City was only 5 per

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Mandatory, voluntary evacuations issued in wake of California, Nevada wildfires

October 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for 500 residences in northeastern California after a wildfire began early Friday morning. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement on Friday that voluntary evacuations have been issued