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Mass alert system not used during Georgia snow storm
The Associated Press via Claims Journal
Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials say they had access to an alert system that could have warned drivers and others of an approaching winter storm on Jan. 28, but weren’t able to use it. GEMA spokesman Ken Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution GEMA had a mass alert system in place called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System in place, but the technology hadn’t been configured, tested or used for weather and traffic alerts.
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The importance of reinvesting savings in preventative programs
Governing
Last month Jonathan Walters wrote about "pay for success" initiatives in human services, including opportunity compacts, whereby agencies and budget departments contract through a third-party intermediary to ensure that savings from successful early intervention programs are reinvested back into those same programs. Opportunity compacts would seem unnecessary given that the rational approach to successful preventative programs would be to feed and not starve them. But way too often — especially in human services — "rational" isn't the right word to describe the connection between programs, results and spending.
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Survey: Workplace safety big concern fo small businesses in 2014
Claims Journal
There is good news for the millions of Americans who work for small businesses. Keeping employees safe at work is a top concern for small business owners, according to a survey sponsored by EMPLOYERS, a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers’ compensation insurance and services focused on select small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries.
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Street lights and crime: A seemingly endless debate
The Atlantic Cities
If you live in a city and walk alone at night, you probably prefer routes that are well-lit over ones that aren't. The same surely holds true even if you live in a more suburban area. Associating light with safety is one of those feelings that's so universal, you can almost hear the entire planet rolling its eyes in collective irritation right now. But what if extra lighting doesn't actually make us safer?
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Boulder, Colo., council supports more 'social misbehavior' enforcement
Daily Camera
Boulder, Colo., could restore jail time for some petty offenses, place more restrictions on where people can panhandle, issue exclusion orders for repeat offenders on the municipal campus and close off the Glen Huntington Bandshell in Central Park. At a Boulder City Council study session on "social misbehavior," council members expressed broad support for a suite of measures designed to make the municipal campus, Central Park and the Boulder Public Library less appealing to the people — many of them homeless — who hang out there all day and more accessible to the general public.
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Ann Arbor, Mich., issuing tickets for snowy sidewalks
Claims Journal
Snow-covered sidewalks in Ann Arbor, Mich., are proving costly for property owners who allow the snow to pile up. City community standards officers have handed out 438 notices and ticketed 44 home and business owners for not shoveling snow from sidewalks since Dec. 1, The Ann Arbor News recently reported. The physically disabled are among those who have a difficult time navigating snowy walkways.
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Indianapolis police to start carrying drug that reverses heroin overdose
Governing
A resurgence in heroin use is troubling local law enforcement officials, but efforts to combat the problem are underway, starting with the front-line police officers themselves. Beginning next month, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is piloting a new program that puts a life-saving heroin and opioid prescription drug antidote in the hands of officers. The drug, naloxone, comes in the form of a nasal spray capable of reversing an opioid overdose.
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Speed, safety and NYC's widest streets
The Epoch Times
New York City’s widest streets present both a problem and a solution in terms of traffic safety, which is a mounting concern for New York City residents. With 23 traffic-related fatalities already this year, and the administration’s Vision Zero roadmap deadline approaching, communities have been active in pointing out the intersections and corridors they feel need to be part of the plan. After 286 traffic accident-related deaths last year, the list of problem areas is lengthy, and it’s rising annually.
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Gun-safety proposal aims to curb suicides in Utah
Herald Online
A Utah lawmaker is proposing a bill that would encourage to gun owners to buy trigger locks and gun safes and give stores incentives to implement suicide-prevention programs. Republican Rep. Steve Eliason of Sandy says the proposed legislation could help curb the state's suicide rate and prevent young people from using their parent's firearms to take their lives. His bill, which has not yet been introduced, would offer a rebate to gun owners who purchase the safety devices.
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Ending rape on campus: Activism takes several forms
CNN
Rape is a longstanding issue on college campuses, but the latest movement, led by student activists, survivors and faculty, recasts sexual violence as a cultural problem on campuses nationwide — not just a series of isolated incidents. Students are taking matters into their own hands, filing complaints en masse and speaking out publicly.
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Seattle floats new ridesharing rules: 300 driver permits, 75 additional taxi licenses
GeekWire
A new ordinance from Seattle’s City Council Committee for Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine Regulations proposes to cap the number of Lyft, Sidecar and UberX drivers while increasing the number of taxicabs in Seattle. The committee, which is set to vote on the two-year pilot program on Feb. 14, just updated its ordinance and it includes a few minor changes from the original draft proposed in December.
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