North Carolina man pleads guilty to conspiracy to launder money for COVID-19 relief loan program – The Coastland Times ^ North Carolina

North Carolina man pleads guilty to conspiracy to launder money for COVID-19 relief loan program Published December 4, 2022 8:33 am A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering related to the fraudulent proceeds of COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) loans on November 8, 2022, according to a Small Business … Read more

Merced shows how the pandemic widened California’s “performance gap.” – GV wire ~ California

When the California Legislature convenes for a new biennial session this week, it will have dozens of new faces, as well as dozens of old, unresolved problems. Housing shortages, inflation, homelessness and drought are among the bigger ones, but none are more significant than the government education crisis. If the Legislature did nothing else over … Read more

How did the insurance industry create this perfect storm? * Florida

Amy Boggs | Fort Myers News Press There’s an important question that all Floridians — and lawmakers — need to ask themselves. What is behind the state’s property insurance crisis – and who should bear the brunt of fixing it? The insurance industry believes Florida homeowners should shoulder the brunt. Legislators have yielded to insurance … Read more

Here’s how Utah drivers can stay safe in winter conditions—and which roads are most dangerous in snow ‘ Utah

Every winter during a snow storm in northern Utah, many skiers and commuters ask the same question: How’s Parley’s Canyon? The sweeping, steep mountain pass is often a hotspot for skidding cars during snow piles in the mountains. In 2021, around 135 accidents occurred on the roadway between the entrance of the gorge and the … Read more