PRIMA RiskWatch
April 28, 2011

Tornadoes take staggering toll in Alabama and Deep South
The Christian Science Monitor
VideoBriefA violent line of thunderstorms — the latest in a deadly series — rolled across the Deep South Wednesday, spawning dozens of tornadoes, razing churches and fire stations, trapping people amid debris and finally leaving at least 178 people dead, mostly from heavily populated parts of Alabama.More

Nuclear watchdog groups slam New Mexico plan
The U.S. government should rethink plans for a multi-billion dollar plutonium complex at Los Alamos, after the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the discovery of increased seismic risk in New Mexico, nuclear watchdog groups said.More

House changes Oklahoma Teacher's Retirement System rules to cut $10.4 billion unfunded liability
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
The Oklahoma House has approved changes to the Oklahoma Teacher's Retirement System to address the pension system's $10.4 billion unfunded liability. The House voted 66-24 Wednesday for a measure by Rep. Randy McDaniel of Edmond that supporters say will help improve the system's solvency. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.More

42 furlough days ordered for Los Angeles workers who rejected labor deal
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently ordered his managers to impose 42 furlough days on city employees in four union groups after those workers rejected his proposal for cutting the budget shortfall. Employee groups representing more than 6,300 full-time workers voted against the labor agreement that the mayor negotiated last month with leaders of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. Balloting finished Tuesday.More

Detroit officials tout plan to lure cops to city
The Detroit News
Lisa Bryson has worked in the Detroit Police Department for more than a decade and says she doesn't want to leave the city she serves and loves. Even after state lawmakers banned residency requirements in 1999 and about half the police force streamed to the suburbs, she stayed.More

Finding a chief
The Arizona Republic
With Jack Harris gone, the search to find a police chief for the sixth-largest city in the nation begins soon. Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos said he'll ask the City Council to contract with a professional search firm this summer to help with national recruitment.More

City objects to 11 liquor permit renewals
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati City Council will file objections this year to 11 liquor permits held by bars, clubs and convenience stores in Cincinnati, with the hope that shuttering the businesses will curb violence and crime in the city.More

Oakland, Calif., Chinatown unveils new camera system
for Lincoln Center

San Francisco Chronicle
Hundreds of Chinatown residents and merchants gathered over the weekend to celebrate a new security camera system for Lincoln Square Recreation Center — put in place as a result of fundraising efforts of the community. Many at the event said installing the color digital cameras makes sense as a public safety tool for the community.More