A growing number of pet owners are buying insurance policies for their furry friends and fueling a $774 million pet health insurance industry. Twelve companies currently offer plans.

Pet health insurance could be money saver for furry friends

Three years ago, Perla Zepeda’s family lost a beloved family member. Their dog, Sandy, had swallowed an unknown object, causing internal damage. She was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital in Yakima, but doctors couldn’t save her. “We grieved for about three months,” Zepeda said. They also faced more than $1,000 in veterinary bills. Shortly […]

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Homeowner’s insurance might not cover theft from storage units

By Sean Bassinger Belongings stashed inside self-storage units may not be covered by homeowner or renter insurance policies if anything gets stolen or damaged. Policies that cover items at off-site storage units may have limits in place as well, according to the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. It’s good information to find out before […]

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Criminal Investigations Unit detectives and analysts with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner serve a search warrant at a business office. The CIU is staffed by two prosecutors, two criminal analysts, a detective sergeant, an administrative assistant and a team of detectives who identify and investigate insurance fraud by organizations and individuals, including medical fraud, staged auto collisions, property, inflated bodily injury claims and other types of fraud. (Courtesy state Office of the Insurance Commissioner)

Special criminal investigations unit takes aim at insurance fraud

Ten percent of all insurance claims are fraudulent. And 10 percent of the cost of all premiums is due to fraud. This number is likely to increase as insurance fraud cases continue to grow, said Mark Couey, director of the Criminal Investigations Unit at the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Insurance fraud is the […]

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The Legends Hotel lobby features an intricate light fixture with cascading glass leaves. The Toppenish hotel prides itself on honoring tribal culture and soon will open a mini museum featuring items from the Yakama Nation Museum. The new 200-room Toppenish hotel opened Feb. 25.

Six-story hotel opens at Legends Casino in Toppenish

Casino attracts thousands of Tri-Citians annually The 7,000 people who hop aboard the free shuttle buses in the Tri-Cities to travel to Legends Casino in Toppenish each year won’t have to rush back home that same day. They now have the option of staying overnight with the opening of a six-story, 200-room hotel and conference […]

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