Consumer group protests abrupt approval of GEICO’s tariff increase in California

Consumer Watchdog (CW) urges California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to meet with nonprofit advocacy group after California Department of Insurance (CDI) approval $268 million Increase in auto insurance premiums for GEICO customers without public participation. In a Dec. 7 letter, Consumer Watchdog attorney Daniel Sternberg accused Lara of “taking the drastic and unwarranted step of … Read more

Colorado author Gregory Hill goes solo

Gregory Hill has had enough. By publishers, that is. The local author has become self-employed with his new novel, Sister Liberty, and has also regained the rights to publish his earlier books. He’s doing it all under his own imprint, Daisy Dog Press, breaking free from the safe but unfriendly havens of the indie publishers … Read more

North Carolina “dreamers” hope for a bipartisan immigration solution by the end of the year | WFAE 90.7

For many undocumented migrants, the coming weeks will feel like the last opportunity for Congress to act on immigration reform. Among them is Yahel Flores, the Carolinas director of the American Business Immigration Coalition. He first came to the United States with his parents from Mexico when he was 7 years old. “With control of … Read more

All Texas Taco Spots From Netflix’s Taco Chronicles

There are few foods that bring as much joy as tacos, especially in Texas where they’re not just a meal, they’re a way of life. Now some of the state’s best taquerias are on the national stage thanks to the Netflix show Taco Chronicles. Netflix canonized gourmet and avant-garde restaurants in its Chef’s table Series … Read more

What the MacKinnon injury means for the Colorado avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche was dealt a major blow Tuesday when center Nathan MacKinnon walked out of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury. MacKinnon will be out for four weeks. MacKinnon left the first period of Colorado’s 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in pain after taking a wrist shot. That shot … Read more

Many security breaches led to an inmate’s fatal escape from Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A multitude of security vulnerabilities such as inadequate body searches, poorly applied restraints, staff shortages and an environment in which correctional officers grew complacent created the conditions that led to the escape of a Texas inmate in May, resulting in the deaths of five people, according to two reports of the incident … Read more