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Greetings to All Memphis-bound travelers,

The countdown clock is ticking down to the start of the 2012 NAPT Summit, to be held from Oct. 20-25 in Memphis, Tenn. The Summit is sure to be a crowd pleaser again this year, as we have hand-picked keynote and blockbuster speakers, a content-rich program to meet your needs and business partners who are prepared to show you the latest and greatest at the largest Trade Show in the industry. That said, you can also enjoy the many sights, sounds and tastes of Memphis while you are in town, too. We hope you'll join us to meet new people, renew friendships and gather novel ideas that you can pack in your suitcase for use at home. See you soon in the land of BBQ and the Blues!

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The Final Agenda is here for the 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25.

This year's Summit will feature over 45 different workshops, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 125 vendors, top notch speakers and special events, including a red carpet awards banquet. Don't wait — there is still time to register! Visit our website at for more information.

Join us — we'll have something for everyone! Watch our Memphis infomercial.

There are still rooms available at the Doubletree located on 185 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tenn., 38103. The phone number is 800-222-8733 or 901-528-1800.

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EXHIBITOR PACKET — Click here for exhibitor information.

MEMPHIS MAP & TOURIST GUIDE: To flip the pages, click the corners of the booklet and plan where you'd like to go!

See you in Memphis!


Safe Kids Kansas to mark 'National School Bus Safety Week'
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While carpooling is a common practice in many communities, a school bus is the safest way for children to get to school. Oct. 22-26 is National School Bus Safety Week — making it a good time to teach children how to stay safer around school buses. This year's theme is "I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me." More

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EPA awards $30 million for clean diesel projects
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $30 million for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths. The Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines such as marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses. More

Cleve Hill hopes bus program cuts down on bullying
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With much of student bullying occurring on buses, the Cleveland Hill School District in Cheektowaga, N.Y., is introducing a program called "Peaceful Busing" that aims to promote better riding experiences. "This is our attempt to create a positive culture on the school bus," said Patrick McCabe, principal of Cleveland Hill Elementary. More

Parents can do more to keep children safe behind the wheel
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It's rough out there on the highways even for seasoned, experienced drivers. For a new driver, it's far more dangerous, both for themselves and others. The following are some tips for parents or guardians to help keep their new driver safe on the road. More

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State posts school bus report card online
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Reinforcing the importance of the state’s stringent school bus inspection program, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez recently announced the availability of a tool that allows parents to check the safety records of their child’s school bus from the comfort of their own home. The newly-enhanced School Bus Report Card is available 24-hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week at "The MVC is serious when it comes to the safety of school buses, so we are very proud of the enhancements we have made to our School Bus Report Card," said Martinez. More

Making schools deal with bullying
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Anyone who's ever gone to school is familiar with bullying, either through observation or personal experience. There was always some child, or group of children, who enjoyed tormenting others. For the most part, dealing with bullies was seen as just a part of growing up. But it's hardly an acceptable part of maturing when a bully makes life so miserable that tragedy results. When an individual is harassed and mentally tortured to the point where suicide seems the only way out, or when the emotional trauma leaves deep scars that can haunt a lifetime. That type of bullying is nothing short of criminal. More

West Virginia could have propane-powered school buses in 2013
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The next generation of propane-powered school buses in West Virginia could be on the road at the beginning of the next school year. The West Virginia Board of Education on Oct. 4 approved a request from the state Department of Education to allow it to include propane as an alternative fuel in the specifications for school buses. More

Soon driverless cars may save us from distracted drivers
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General Motors is almost done developing a driverless car and hopes to offer the technology to the public by 2015. Google has also been developing a driverless Toyota model, which it hopes to make available just in time to give GM some competition. Because a 2006 Department of Transportation study says driver error causes 80 percent of car accidents, driverless cars would not only be more convenient, the may make the roads much safer. Technology that automatically accounts for sudden obstructions eliminates the danger of less-than-perfect drivers who were otherwise distracted or whose reflexes weren't quite quick enough. Technology, presumably, also does not get tired or start to drive aggressively when in a bad mood. More

Teen who posted video about cyberbullying commits suicide
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A Canada teen killed herself one month after she posted a heart-wrenching YouTube video detailing how she was ridiculed at school and harassed online. But the 15-year-old girl's mom doesn't want the video — which explains how a photo of her topless daughter sparked the cyberbullying — to go away. "I think the video should be shared and used as anti-bullying tool," Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, told The Vancouver Sun. "That is what my daughter would have wanted." More
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First Student tackles bus bullying
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First Student in Grand Junction is confronting the issue of school bus bullying and is working with School District 51 to solve the problem. "It's probably my top priority because I want kids to feel safe and welcome on the bus," said Beth Rutter of First Student. Bullying numbers are actually down from this time last year. More

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