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A warm welcome to these new members: Charlotte Housing Authority, N.C.; Lake County Schools, Fla.; Los Angeles Community College District, Calif.; Virginia State University, Va.; and Colorado Springs Utilities District, Colo.
Tennessee overtakes Missouri in meth lab seizures, busts
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Missouri is not leading the nation in methamphetamine lab busts and seizures for the first time since 2003, according to figures released recently. Tennessee had 2,082 meth lab incidents in 2010, said Tom Farmer, the state's meth task force director. That tops Missouri's total of 1,960. Most other states have not yet released 2010 figures, which could further shake up the rankings. More
TSA agent arrested for smuggling drugs through airport security
A Transportation Security Administration agent and one other person have been arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs through the security checkpoints at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Minnetta Walker, a 43-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., resident and nine-year employee of the TSA, is charged with "conspiring to defraud the United States by interfering with and obstructing the security measure, procedures and requirements of the TSA," according to a criminal complaint. More
Pittsburgh police union may boycott St. Patrick's Day work
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Share
Pittsburgh's police union says officers might refuse to work off-duty security jobs during this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities — which draw tens of thousands of revelers — in response to what it described as the city's second-class treatment of police. More
Texas Department of Public Safety issues Mexico travel warning
Despite growing problems with drug violence in Mexico, more than 12,000 students are expected to flock to Cancun this month for spring break. On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety warned students not to go to Mexico. More
Pakistani minister assassinated
Voice of America Share
Gunmen killed Pakistan's minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, Wednesday, in the second attack this year on a high-profile figure who has opposed the country's blasphemy law. Witnesses say the attackers fled the scene in their car without hurting Bhatti's driver, who then rushed him to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. More
Safety workers protest Camden, Pa., layoffs
The Philadelphia Inquirer Share
A few dozen public safety workers recently staged a protest outside Camden City Hall, in Pennsylvania saying recent layoffs had made the city an unsafe place to live and work. The demonstrators, most of them laid-off workers but also a few firefighters who had finished their shifts in the morning, held signs and chanted in unison: "Restore public safety now." More
More rickshaws coming to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Sun Sentinel Share
The number of rickshaws in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will soon double. Ocean View, the city's sole existing rickshaw firm, has applied to add 30 cabs to its 20-vehicle fleet, while Orient Express Rickshaws wants to launch service in Fort Lauderdale with up to 20 cabs. Each received 10 new permits under the commission's decision. More
Legislators worry about raising vehicle insurance requirements
Las Vegas Review-Journal Share
A bill that would boost Nevada's minimum vehicle insurance level sparked legislators' fears that the higher premiums it would bring would harm poor and indigent people and force more drivers to go uninsured. "The poor will be hurt by this bill," Assemblyman Mark Sherwood, R-Henderson, said about the bill that would increase the minimum amount of liability insurance required for people to be allowed to drive in Nevada. More