PRIMA RiskWatch
Aug. 26, 2010

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Drug war sends bullets whizzing across the border
The Associated Press via Google News
The first bullets struck El Paso, Texas' city hall at the end of a work day. The next ones hit a university building and closed a major highway. Shootouts in the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border are sending bullets whizzing across the Rio Grande into one of the nation's safest cities, where authorities worry it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.More

Off-road enthusiasts focus on safety changes, not criticism
The Press-Enterprise
Driving 70 mph through the hot Mexican desert a few years ago, Jim Patelli saw someone touch his fender. "They just reached out and ... whoosh," Patelli recalled. "It was crazy. We're racing and the crowd thinks it can come onto the course." It's a common complaint from off-road racers and dedicated fans. A sport where everyone once knew how to take care of themselves is consistently attracting more casual fans who don't take it seriously. And that is putting pressure on the sport to enhance its safety or risk losing access to public lands, especially following the Aug. 14, crash east of Victorville, Calif., that killed eight spectators.More

State obscures elite Texas Rangers' border work
The Associated Press via Google News
Gov. Rick Perry has told just about anyone who will listen about his plan to dispatch elite teams of Texas Rangers to the border to do what he says the federal government won't — keep Texans safe from encroaching Mexican drug violence. Just don't ask him for specifics.More

Huge losses put federal flood insurance plan in the red
USA Today
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program is the nation's main flood insurer, created by law in 1968 as private companies stopped covering flood damage. The program insures 5.6 million properties nationwide and aims to be self-sustaining by paying claims from premiums it collects.More

Detroit Public Schools ordered to rehire officers
Detroit Free Press
In a second court ruling in a week, a Wayne County judge said that Detroit Public Schools must immediately rehire 226 safety officers who were fired last month. Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski granted the DPS public safety officers — represented by Teamsters Local 214 — a preliminary injunction, requiring DPS to rehire the officers immediately. More recently, he denied the school district's motion to stay, or suspend enforcement of, the injunction pending an appeal.More

Metrolink offers $200 million settlement
in Chatsworth, Calif., rail disaster

Los Angeles Times
Metrolink and its former train operating contractor offered to pay $200 million to victims of the 2008 Chatsworth, Calif., rail disaster that killed 25 people, setting the stage for one of the costliest rail accident settlements in the nation's history.More

Washington, D.C., Council asks mayor to not renew contract
of security company

All 13 members of the D.C. City Council are asking the Mayor not to renew the contract of the company providing security at D.C. Schools and government buildings. The Council members in a letter, signed by all 13, say the company is so poorly run that it is putting public safety at risk.More

Atlantic City, N.J., bulks up security for air show
The Press of Atlantic City
The storm that threatened to limit or cancel the recent air show added to the workload of public safety and emergency management personnel preparing to handle the expected 750,000 spectators.More