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5/20/2019

Texas residents suing for compensation related to flooding from two reservoirs owned by the federal government following Hurricane Harvey finished testifying last week. The litigation against the US Army Corps of Engineers asserts the USACE was aware of the reservoirs' limitations.

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5/20/2019

Drone flights by recreational pilots in controlled airspace will no longer be allowed, according to new Federal Aviation Administration rules. Licensed pilots are still eligible to apply to fly drones in controlled airspace.

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5/20/2019

Washington state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz says approximately 90% of the state's wildfires are caused by humans. The poor condition of the forests in the state, such as the vast amount of dead trees, means people need to be more cautious than ever, Franz says.

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5/20/2019

The speed of claims payments has been increasing as companies adapt automated processing and other types of technology, while consumers can also help by understanding details of their policies, Christopher Elliott writes. Allianz spokesperson Daniel Durazo notes consumers have come to expect rapid service and minimal communication similar to their e-commerce experiences.

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Forbes
5/20/2019

A number of tornadoes struck Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas starting last Friday. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says parts of the southern Plains should anticipate "[s]evere thunderstorms capable of all severe hazards, including strong tornadoes" today.

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USA Today
5/20/2019

More than 65% of Minnesota businesses surveyed said they would still test for marijuana during the pre-hire process even if the state legalizes recreational use. Thoran Towler of the Nevada Association of Employers says his state's experience has reinforced the necessity of having a plan.

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5/17/2019

The California Senate Appropriations Committee has failed to advance a proposal that would have allowed consumers to sue companies over violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act. That leaves the state largely responsible for enforcing the data-privacy law when it takes effect next year.

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The Associated Press
5/17/2019

The rate of crash deaths is two to four times higher in certain smaller vehicles and sports cars, while the rate tends to be lowest in sport utility vehicles, according to a study by iSeeCars, a used-car search site. The study outlines specific models that have the highest fatal accident rates according to government data.

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WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
5/17/2019

National Weather Service meteorologists said inland Florida faces an increasing risk of flooding like what Texas and the Carolinas experienced during Hurricanes Harvey and Florence, respectively. Jacksonville, meanwhile, is looking to impose tougher rules on new construction in places that face the biggest threat of flooding from rivers and creeks.

5/17/2019

Congress has the potential for moving forward on legislation addressing autonomous-vehicle safety and security, said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss. The full Senate did not vote on the bill last year, but Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said lawmakers plan to revive the measure.

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The Hill