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2/19/2018

Tornadic activity has decline in Tornado Alley but has risen in Dixie Alley, which includes Alabama and Tennessee, during the past three decades, researchers say. Tornadic activity appears to be shifting eastward, with places such as Joplin, Mo., on guard after a catastrophic tornado in recent years and a January tornado in a nearby community.

2/19/2018

Middle-market commercial insurers can develop a "more comprehensive business-support ecosystem" that includes collaboration with third parties as well as bundling of insurance and noninsurance services, say Sam Friedman, Michelle Canaan and Nikhil Gokhale of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services. Carriers making such transitions, however, "will most likely need to get their agents and brokers solidly on board," they write.

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2/19/2018

Officials have told five companies involved in wildfire cleanup efforts in California's Ventura County to put their work on hold after investigators accused the contractors of workers' compensation violations. The county district attorney says the five companies either lacked proper insurance coverage or a license for the work.

2/19/2018

A wildfire expanded to 900 acres in Inyo County, Calif., on Sunday, prompting officials to evacuate as many as 200 people from nearby communities and campsites. The wind-driven wildfire has forced part of Highway 6 to close and put the historical Laws Railroad Museum at risk.

2/19/2018

Parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast experienced snow totals from moderate to heavy as a winter storm moved through the regions over the weekend. Some locations received more than 9 inches of snow.

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2/19/2018

Legislation filed in Indiana would establish safety standards for self-driving vehicles until federal safety rules are adopted. The bill would set insurance and registration requirements and hold manufacturers liable if an autonomous vehicle ran multiple red lights.

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2/19/2018

More than half of people surveyed by LendEDU said they will use extra income related to the tax law to pay down debt, save more for retirement or invest. Additionally, nearly 48% of respondents said they think they will be able to retire sooner due to the changes in the tax law.

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2/19/2018

Brian Starr, a long-term-care insurance advisor in Phoenix, says he is seeing a trend in which millennials purchase the product for their parents. Starr says millennials want products that are "internet-based" and notes they put value on working with advisors who have been personally recommended to them.

2/19/2018

The recent stock market volatility makes now a good time to reach out to clients to ensure they are on track with their investment plan, writes Jess DeGabriele of LHD Retirement. Among the topics to discuss are asset allocation and return expectations, DeGabriele writes.

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2/16/2018

Amtrak might put service on hold where tracks lack positive train control by year-end, President and CEO Richard Anderson told a House subcommittee. Dec. 31 is the last day of a deadline extension lawmakers approved in 2015 for installing the systems to help prevent train crashes, but some railroads are seeking a delay of two more years.

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