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Feds publish guidelines for cybersecurity framework
Property Casualty 360
One year after the White House directed the development of cyber standards by executive order, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released voluntary industry standards and best practices to prevent cyberattacks in its publication "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." In a statement, President Barack Obama says "Cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces." He calls the Framework a turning point, but also notes that there is still work to be done against cyber threats.
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Demolition of Oklahoma middle school tests storm shelter's durability
News OK
An excavator recently tore down a former school in rural Oklahoma, but it was what was left standing that drew a crowd. After the ceilings and concrete walls of the old Little Axe middle school came down with ease, a strategically placed steel storm shelter remained among the debris. It was a planned demonstration by Oklahoma-based Hide-Away Shelter and school officials to see how well the above-ground storm shelter, made by Hide-Away, could withstand the power of a demolition.
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How often do police respond to trouble on high school campuses?
KXTV-TV
Law enforcement is called out to schools for hundreds of alleged crimes — from drugs to weapons and sex assaults. But some schools in Califormia compared to others, within the same district, had very high numbers. News10 looked at data for law enforcement responses to high schools in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley area, for the August 2012 — June 2013 school year and from June 2013 through December 2013. They then categorized the data by the type of incident when law enforcement was called to campus.
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Scottsdale, Ariz., bars hustle to get public-safety plans approved
The Republic
Bars, restaurants and other establishments in Scottsdale are rushing to comply with a new ordinance designed to create a safer environment for residents and tourists. The Scottsdale Police Department initially targeted 146 establishments with liquor licenses for compliance, said J.P. Twist, Mayor Jim Lane’s chief of staff. However, that number dropped to 48 after other criteria were considered, such as whether the businesses check I.D.s at the door or provide a D.J., he said.
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Chicago puts breaks on ride-share companies
The Columbia Chronicle
Ride-share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are facing roadblocks because of regulations pro- posed by the mayor and a lawsuit filed by major cab companies. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Emma Mitts (37th Ward) introduced a draft ordinance to City Council Feb. 5 to standardize the currently unregulated ride-share companies. If the ordinance passes, ride-share companies would be required to pay an annual fee of $25,000 plus $25 per driver to obtain a city license. The proposal also mandates that companies conduct background checks, drug screenings and vehicle inspections. Drivers would also have to undergo training and get commercial liability insurance.
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Missouri lawmakers target municipal traffic cameras
Claims Journal
Missouri lawmakers could clear up a legal thicket entangling communities’ red light cameras while also applying the brakes to cameras designed to nab speeders. Several recent court rulings have raised new concerns about red light cameras while complaints have arisen that rules for speed cameras are too lax. One St. Louis County lawmaker representing an area with speed cameras likens it to a post-apocalyptic movie.
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No dune too steep: Reckless ATV riders cause death, injury on public roads
Property Casualty 360
A recent Institute for Highway Safety report on all-terrain vehicle fatalities levels a strong challenge to the motorsports industry and consumer products safety advocates: What is the tipping point that will spur action to reduce the mortality/morbidity numbers that are troubling for families, legislators, insurers, and the powersports industry?
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How the Feds finally reduced crime on Indian reservations
Governing
For residents of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which stretches across a large swath of the central Dakotas, crime was an enormous problem a few years back. By mid-2008, violence on the 3,500-square-mile reservation was six times the national average. Residents had so little confidence in the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to do anything about it that they often didn’t even bother to report crimes.
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Football helmet safety scrutinized by Texas school districts
KENS-TV
One of the big topics in sports these days are the safety of the players, especially when it comes to football players. Concussions have become a hot button issue from the NFL, to college and of course high school programs. Texas school districts are doing everything they can to make sure players are as safe as possible. ”Safety is number one, so we are going to take it very seriously, we are going to make sure a protective piece of equipment, such as a shoulder pad or helmet is first class," NEISD Athletic Director Jerry Comalander said.
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MADD gives Wisconsin failing grade in OWI efforts
Claims Journal
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is giving Wisconsin a failing grade, saying the state doesn’t do enough to deter people from driving drunk or to clamp down on people with repeated offenses. The group gave Wisconsin a 2-out-of-5 score in its latest rating, the Press-Gazette Media reported. MADD said Wisconsin rates poorly because the state can’t force a driver suspected of a first drunken-driving offense to provide a blood sample. That’s because search warrants for blood samples in Wisconsin only apply in criminal cases, but Wisconsin classifies first-offense drunken driving as a traffic case.
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