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San Diego County farmers struggle to get fire insurance

San Diego lawmakers are working with farm advocates and insurance companies to ensure farmers and ranchers are eligible for last-resort, bare-bones insurance.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Three wildfires have crept close to Nathan Rakov’s 30-acre chicken ranch in rural Alpine since he moved there in 2006. If his barn, coops and storage rooms burned down, he’d struggle to rebuild because he hasn’t found a complete and affordable insurance policy.

For about the past seven years, the converted red barn where he lives and another house on the farm have been insured by a last-resort, bare-bones plan that’s required under California law to provide coverage to those who have been repeatedly turned down for insurance.

But last year Rakov tried to add a new $60,000 tractor to the plan and it got rejected. Farms aren’t eligible, he was told in a letter in late September.

Like other farmers, he was

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Travis County judge prohibits car washes until Thursday after residents question use during water crisis

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County Judge Andy Brown issued an order Saturday evening, prohibiting car washing services until Feb. 25 due to the water shortage.

This was after KXAN checked in with leaders after receiving reports from several residents noting local car washes operating, while thousands of Texans in the Austin area continue to wait for enough clean water to drink or bathe.

In addition to being open, residents reported seeing long lines on Saturday afternoon at more than one business, including Barton Springs Car Wash located on 500 S. Lamar Boulevard.

Austin social media users didn’t miss it either.

Resident Mary Heather Dunn tweeted a photo of the Barton Springs business, saying, “How is this car wash allowed to wash cars when my 75 year-old mom hasn’t had water for four days?!”

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Modine Manufacturing expands Lawrence County plant with 45 new jobs

The Modine Manufacturing Company has announced plans to expand its operation in southern Middle Tennessee, bringing 45 new jobs to its manufacturing facility in Lawrence County.

A $1.2 million investment, the project includes the relocation of three product lines from operations in Missouri and Rhode Island to the company’s Lawrenceburg facility.

“We are fortunate in light of our current competitive environment to have the opportunity to once again expand our operations in Lawrenceburg,” said David Killen, the company’s Lawrenceburg plant manager said in an announcement.

“We are excited about the addition of our new heat transfer products that we will supply to the mass transit and stationary power markets. I appreciate all of the extra work and support provided by Governor Lee, TNECD, and our local chamber to help secure this new business.” 

The company manufactures heat transfer products for a wide range of markets including stationary power generation, mining,

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