NAPT MultiView News Brief
June. 15, 2010

Obama pleads for $50 billion in state, local aid
The Washington Post
President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" and to support the still-fragile economic recovery. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama defended last year's huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy's free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable.More

Justices dismiss Pontiac schools lawsuit
Detroit News
Pontiac schools has run out of chances to challenge the federal No Child Left Behind law. The Supreme Court said it won't take up a case from the Pontiac Public School District and teacher unions challenging the Bush-era law. The High Court dismissed the case without comment, leaving intact a decision by a federal judge to dismiss the suit against Education Secretary Arne Duncan. More

Portland Superintendent Carole Smith adds security, orders dialer for Skyline School
Government Technology
In response to Kyron Horman's recent disappearance from Skyline School, all K-8 schools within Portland Public Schools will start using automated dialer systems to notify parents when students are absent without preapproval, Superintendent Carole Smith announced.More

Broward schools to lay off 1,305 – including 568 teachers
Sun Sentinel
The Broward school district delivered pink slips to 1,305 teachers, secretaries and maintenance workers as the school district struggles to close a $130 million budget shortfall. Two days before the school year ends, the district notified 568 teachers and 737 noninstructional employees that they will not have jobs when classes resume in the fall.More

Vehicle safety bills reflect compromise between US legislators and automakers
The Washington Post
Automakers have reached a series of compromises with lawmakers over both the House and Senate versions of auto safety legislation aimed at forcing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set and enforce stricter standards, according to records and interviews. More

Senate committee approves auto safety upgrades
The Associated Press
A Senate committee approved a bill that would require automakers to meet new safety standards, impose stiff penalties for companies that fail to quickly report defects and double funding for the government agency overseeing car safety.More

'Safe Routes' lure kids to walk, bike to school
In Denver Times
Riding safely was the theme of the day at Aurora, Colo., AXL Academy's recent bike rodeo for fourth graders, which culminated two months of in-depth study on the greater issue of how to get more youngsters out of their parents' cars and onto their bikes or onto their feet and thus burn more calories and become more fit.More

Driving while distracted is a primary care issue
It's time for physicians to talk to patients about driving while distracted, a problem that has risen to the rough equivalence of drunken driving thanks to the proliferation of phones that allow drivers to talk and text, Amy Ship, MD, a primary care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests.More

Government announces new airport security funding
The U.S. government has earmarked approximately $78 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for airport security technology projects, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced.More

With advanced sensors, cars become increasingly capable of driving themselves
The Washington Post
With his jeans, white trainers and stripy top, Bob is every inch the well-dressed 6-year-old. He's standing in the middle of a hotel parking lot and, scarily, I'm driving straight at him. Instead of hitting the brakes, I put my foot down on the accelerator. With only about 10 yards to go, a row of red lights flashes across my windshield, and there's an urgent, high-pitched beeping sound. An instant later, I am jerked forward as the brakes slam on automatically and the car screeches to a halt just short of Bob's stomach.More

Sound the alarm
If you are like millions of small-business owners in America, you probably can't imagine how a cybercriminal halfway around the world could possibly want to target little old you. After all, with so many large corporations out there in the big, bad cyberworld, your laptop or web server is hardly worth the bother, right? Wrong.More

Doing due diligence on contractors
OPEN Forum
Contractors can provide your company with the capabilities to handle tasks and projects that you might not be able to take on otherwise. Whether it's a builder bringing in a plumber or a marketing firm calling in a copy writer, a good contractor can make all the difference in the world. Unfortunately, a bad contractor can also make a difference in your business' ability to function.More

NAPT MultiView News available as iPhone app
NAPT understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create NAPT MultiView News, the association committed itself to delivering this additional news resource to industry professionals. NAPT MultiView News is part of the MultiBriefs App, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store.

Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. After the MultiBriefs App is downloaded, you can add the NAPT MultiView News feed from the "Education" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. And just like the e-mail news brief, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. Feedback is appreciated and important to the success of the app, so please rate it in the App Store. More