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Homeland security details Super Bowl safety plan
WSBT-TV
More air marshals and behavioral detection officers, radiological detection teams and random baggage checks at transit hubs are among the security measures the federal Homeland Security Department will deploy in the next few days to help local police in New Jersey and New York secure the Super Bowl. The game will be played at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands area just outside New York City. The stadium's location near a major airport and busy commuter train lines presents security challenges.
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New mental health law challenges school districts
Longview News Journal
More guidance will be needed before school districts can comply with a new Texas state law requiring mental health training, school administrators gathered in Longview. The measure requires training public school teachers in the detection and education of students at risk for suicide or with other mental or emotional disorders. It also calls for inclusion of mental health concerns in school health efforts.
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Restaurant and bar owners skeptical about new conceal-carry law
WIS-TV
Food, beer, and guns could soon be reality in some South Carolina bars and restaurants. The South Carolina House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring their guns into places where alcohol is served. Governor Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill. Under the bill, you can bring your gun in, but you can't drink alcohol. If you're caught drinking, you could lose your concealed weapons permit for up to five years and face jail time.
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New Jersey program marks cars for first responders
Governing
Drivers in New Jersey may soon notice new yellow decals on the backs of vehicles. Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Jan. 23 that allows counties and municipalities to establish a Yellow Dot program — a simple, low-tech system for documenting people’s medical conditions and notifying emergency response personnel that the information is stored in the vehicle.
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Ann Arbor, Mich., officials working with county to find shelter for homeless camp
MLive
Ann Arbor officials say city police are working with other agencies, including the county's Project Outreach Team, to figure out a transition plan for a handful of homeless people camping in tents along the Huron River. "AAPD has been assisting PORT, the county's mental health outreach program, with encouraging those that need warmth to relocate to safe and appropriate shelter," City Administrator Steve Powers wrote in a memo to City Council members. City officials have received several complaints from members of the community recently, saying forcing the camp to relocate in the middle of the winter would be inhumane, especially with temperatures dropping below zero.
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NYPD targets drivers in pedestrian sting
New York Post
Less than a week after the NYPD’s infamous ticket blitz of jaywalkers, cops switched gears and targeted rogue drivers — going undercover to pose as pedestrians to see if they stopped for them in crosswalks. Cops in Brooklyn’s 78th Precinct in Park Slope — where Mayor de Blasio lived before ascending to the city’s top spot — spent a Thursday and Friday strolling the streets in the sting, officials said. One undercover police officer would walk through an intersection while another nearby cop would issue a summons to any driver who failed to yield to him.
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Atlanta's ability to handle winter storms questioned
USA Today
The winter storm that is paralyzing one of the nation's largest cities — just three years after another winter storm shut down the city in much the same way — raises an interesting question: Is Atlanta simply destined to quit functioning every time it gets a few inches of snow? Recent snowfall — and the hundreds of thousands of motorists who flooded the metropolitan area's roadways just as the storm was moving in — created travel nightmares for commuters, truckers, students and their families.
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Do transportation apps compromise safety?
Governing
Industry leaders say they see more and more apps being developed that could dramatically change the way we approach transportation. While much has been made about a decline in driving in the U.S., internationally the number of cars on the road is increasing, as is adoption of smartphones, says Chris Thomas, managing director of Fontinalis Partners, an investor in transportation apps. But that surge raises a serious question of safety. Apps like Waze can make driving more convenient, but does it come at the cost of safety? Some advocates think that may be the case.
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Super Bowl 2014: Jersey City security cameras keep watchful eye
WABC-TV
New security cameras installed in New Jersey will stay even after the Super Bowl. In Jersey City, there are police officers you can see and those you can't see who can see you. "It's just doing what you have to do to make people safe, they have to feel safe," said Greg Kierce, the Emergency Management Director. Kierce says a new network of surveillance cameras will help secure the city's transportation links, round-the-clock.
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Car seat safety: Feds propose new guidelines
Chicago Tribune
Two new actions by the government aim to strengthen child safety seat guidelines. On Jan. 22, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a first-ever side impact test to ensure safety of a child passenger under 40 pounds in a car seat. The other action is a reduction of NHTSA’s weight-limit guidelines for the Latch system for child safety seats. The side impact test proposal will give parents and car seat-makers information on how car seats perform in side crashes, says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The T-bone test, or sled test, simulates a vehicle at 30 mph striking the side of a small passenger vehicle going 15 mph. In addition to testing that includes a 12-month-old child dummy, the stricken car will also be test with a 3-year-old child dummy.
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