PRIMA RiskWatch
Apr. 12, 2012

US insurers re-think coverage after weather disaster payouts
Reuters via Property Casualty 360
As weather disasters strike with more frequency, U.S. homeowners first get hit with the destruction or total loss of property. Many are then hit with the unexpected loss of homeowners insurance policies as insurance companies re-evaluate their financial liabilities.More

Cybersecurity: A holistic approach
Cybersecurity is an issue all levels of government must address, and their response to potential threats has varied. Congress has introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Each state has enacted laws aimed at protecting itself and businesses from cyber-intrusions. Even the smallest localities are aware of the risks that their networks face, especially since they may store information that is shared with state systems.More

City can't require waiver before mosque protest
The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
A federal judge says a Detroit suburb can't require a Florida minister to clear the city of liability in exchange for a permit to protest outside a mosque. The Rev. Terry Jones has sued Dearborn, Mich., saying the city is violating his free-speech rights. Jones says he plans to protest outside the Islamic Center of America.More

Lawmaker wants guns on Missouri buses, trains
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch via The Kansas City Star
If a proposal at the Missouri Capitol gains traction, public transportation riders could be allowed to bring guns with them. State lawmakers are reviewing legislation that would block cities such as Kansas City and St. Louis from using local restrictions to ban concealed handguns on city buses and trains.More

Homelessness rising a decade after pledges to end it
The title was audacious: A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in Ten Years. When the National Alliance to End Homelessness released its report in 2000, there was an expectation that it could be done. It wasn't the only plan or promise out there. Throughout the early 2000s, similar pledges were being bandied about by various governmental entities, notes Rev. Chuck Currie, a minister in the United Church of Christ and a former board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless.More

Maryland seeks to block $18.5 million award in inmate's death
The Associated Press via
The Maryland Attorney General's Office is asking a Baltimore judge to cancel or reduce an $18.5 million award stemming from the murder of an inmate aboard a state prison bus. Attorneys for the state argued in Baltimore Circuit Court that Judge Sylvester Cox should lower the state's total liability to $200,000.More

Police officers not happy about joining city's insurance plan
It is a proposal police have been opposed to, but is now a reality. Kansas City, Mo., officers will now be on the same health care plan as other city employees. The decision came down just about 11 a.m., but not everyone is pleased. Police officers are not happy about joining the city's insurance plan, because they said it is going to cost them more. And now the Fraternal Order of Police is working on filing a lawsuit to stop the move.More

Security tight for Dodgers opening day
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Police were out in force recently for opening day at Dodger Stadium, swarming on bikes, going undercover and looking for boozing tailgaters a year after a Giants fan was beaten into a coma in the parking lot. Security was a "paramount priority," the team said in a statement as fans swarmed to the hilltop stadium for the gala opening, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first game played there and the start of a season that will see a change in ownership.More