While 2017 was the worst year for hail damage, 2019 is already "off and running," insurance experts say.Hail now costs the U.S. as much as $22 billion a year in damage to homes, cars, crops, people and more.Baseball-sized hail stones are common, but the biggest this year was the size of a grapefruit and weighed more than half a pound.The bigger they are, the harder they fall: A dime-sized hailstone falls at 20 miles per hour, while a baseball-sized one of 3 to 3 ½ inches can reach between 80 and 110 mph. Multiple severe weather storms across the South have spawned tornadoes that already killed 23 people this year. But meteorologists also worry about tornado's "little brother" -- baseball-sized hailstones that drop from storm clouds at as much as 100 miles per hour. That's like being hit by a fastball hurled by a strong-armed Major League baseball pitcher. And it's becoming more common, as many cracked windshields and dented roofs across the Midwest and South show. With … [Read more...] about Hail damage costs this year could hit new annual high in U.S.
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Scott Rodd Stateline.org Published 10:32 PM EDT Mar 24, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. —It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone. Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels. “You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said. “Sometimes, I have people call me up and say, ‘We don’t want to go anywhere – we just want to drive around and sing.’” Flannery, who drives to supplement his retirement income, said he loves the freedom that comes with it – setting his own schedule and adding his own flair to what he dubs his “Swag Rides.” Much of that freedom comes from being classified as an independent contractor. But a 2018 California Supreme Court decision could change the nature of working in the gig economy while providing a model for other … [Read more...] about Gig economy workers gain security, but at what cost?
Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 8:23 PM EST Mar 4, 2019 Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first executive budget will propose phasing in a 45-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase to "fix the damn roads" while adding $507 million in new classroom spending to benefit K-12 schools. The East Lansing Democrat will outline her proposal to lawmakers Tuesday morning in Lansing and then embark on a statewide “road show” to sell it to the public in coming weeks, a source familiar with her planning told The Detroit News. While she’ll visit such liberal cities as Detroit, Whitmer is also expected to pitch her budget priorities in more conservative parts of the state represented by Republican lawmakers as she urges action by the GOP-led Legislature on what she has called infrastructure and education crises. The 45-cent gas tax increase would be phased in over three separate intervals, beginning in October, said Whitmer spokeswoman … [Read more...] about Whitmer to propose 45-cent gas tax hike, $507M boost in K-12 spending
WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional panel said on Monday that it has served document requests on 81 government agencies, entities and individuals as part of an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other abuses by President Donald Trump and others.Among those targeted by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee are the president's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Doug McGahn."We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.Among the committee's aims is determining whether Trump may have obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the … [Read more...] about US House panel issues 81 document requests in Trump obstruction probe
The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. In the afternoon, after the anesthesia had worn off, the neurosurgeon came in, removed his wire-frame glasses, and held them up for his bandaged patient to examine. “What are these called?” he asked. Phil Kennedy stared at the glasses for a moment. Then his gaze drifted up to the ceiling and over to the television. “Uh … uh … ai … aiee,” he stammered after a while, “… aiee … aiee … aiee.” “It’s OK, take your time,” said the surgeon, Joel Cervantes, doing his best to appear calm. Again Kennedy attempted to respond. It looked as if he was trying to force his brain to work, like someone with a sore throat who bears down to swallow. Meanwhile, the surgeon’s mind kept circling back to the same uneasy thought: “I shouldn’t have done … [Read more...] about The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind