PRIMA RiskWatch
May 20, 2010

Welcome to the newest members of PRIMA!
A warm welcome to the newest PRIMA members: City of Glendale (Ariz.), Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (Texas), City of Portland (Ore.), City of Citrus Heights (Calif.), Carson City (Nev.), Eureka County (Nev.), Lyon County (Nev.), Santa Clara County Office of Education (Calif.), Knox County (Tenn.), Osceola County BOCC (Fla.), Canfield & Associates (Wash.). More

Gulf oil spill: Senators disagree over liability limits
Los Angeles Times
Senate leaders disagreed on how hard the government should press oil companies to pay for oil spills such as BP's well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, endorsed lifting the $75-million congressionally mandated cap on oil company liability, but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said caps could be an important incentive to keep the private sector exploring for energy resources.More

Lawmakers protest terror funding cuts
The Queens Gazette
New York lawmakers last week blasted the Obama administration for slashing New York City's anti-terror funding by more than $53 million just two weeks after the Times Square bomb threat. As the controversy kept going, the Department of Homeland Security insisted that more than $337 million is presently available to New York City in unspent transit and port security accounts.More

Blunders reveal secret hideaways of at-risk kids
Evening Times
The secret locations of almost 100 children in hiding from abusive or neglectful parents have been revealed after blunders by Glasgow, Scotland, and national agencies.More

Huntington Beach, Calif., asks for liability cap in junior lifeguard death
The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News
An insurance company has asked a federal court to limit liability by the city of Huntington Beach, Calif., in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was killed during a junior lifeguard drill. Attorneys with Navigator's Insurance filed a petition last week, arguing that federal admiralty law limits the city's liability to the value of the boat, which in this incident is $26,100.More

Missouri Baptist University hosts first House of Worship Crime Prevention Workshop
Word and Way
The shooting and death of an Illinois pastor brought Steve Heidke face-to-face with the reality of the vulnerability of most churches and synagogues. That reality birthed training for houses of worship in the St. Louis area and involved law enforcement at all levels. On May 6, Missouri Baptist University hosted its first House of Worship Crime Prevention Workshop at Heidke's request.More

Detroit cops can work as guards
The Detroit News
Detroit police officers now can moonlight as uniformed security guards following the Detroit City Council's approval. The council passed the ordinance in a 5-3 vote. Councilman James Tate, who was supportive of the measure, did not vote because he attended the funeral of Avondre Donel, a Detroit teen who was recently shot while playing basketball near his home.More

Concealed weapons permits increasing in Washtenaw County, Mich.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle
Washtenaw County, Mich., is on pace to set another new record for applications for "concealed-carry" weapons permits. Whether more adults legally able to carry guns enhances or erodes public safety is a matter of debate. What's not in doubt is that more community members want the option: A member of about 1 in every 20 households in the county now holds a permit.More