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Children and energy drinks: A growing public health crisis
UConn
Emerging evidence shows that highly caffeinated, sugar-laden energy drinks can harm children and adolescents, and supports physicians' groups and policymakers calling for restrictions on marketing and sales of these drinks to children under 18, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
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Why cities hit the brakes on red light cameras
Governing
Cities have been hitting the brakes on red light cameras, and no wonder. Outrage over the devices is no longer limited to angry motorists facing hefty fines. Judges have now tossed tens of thousands of tickets. Newspapers and government inspectors have exposed deep flaws in many cities' equipment and enforcement methods. And the former CEO of one of the two major camera manufacturers was indicted on bribery and other charges related to Chicago's red light cameras.
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OSHA publishes new electrical safety requirements
MarketWatch
Safety requirements are getting stricter due to updates to the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To help organizations understand new requirements before key deadlines, Cintas Corporation a leading provider of flame-resistant apparel, personal protective equipment and safety training, recently released its latest free guide, "Navigating the Changes to OSHA's Electrical Safety Standards Specific to Flame Resistant Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment."
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Studies link air pollution as risk factor for anxiety and trigger for stroke
Medical News Today
Research into new questions about links between mental health and air quality has found an association between levels of anxiety and levels of fine particulate air pollution. A second paper in the same issue of The BMJ answers more established questions about links with stroke, too.
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Ford issues 3 safety recalls
The New York Times
Ford Motor issued three safety recalls, the largest aimed at about 213,000 Ford Explorers and its law enforcement sibling, the Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle.
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Blacklegged ticks, Lyme disease risk feared on the rise in Ohio this year
cleveland.com
The Ohio Department of Health is calling on health care providers throughout the state to be on the lookout this year for people who may have contracted Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
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Program used to find missing at-risk people now online
KNSD-TV
A program that helps locate at-risk missing people will now be accessible online. "Take Me Home," a San Diego Sheriff's Department program, helps locate missing at-risk people by accessing a database with their information. It is a free and confidential database service for law enforcement and members of the public.
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New earthquake hazard maps for Oklahoma
Claims Journal
The U.S. Geological Survey is expected to release a new hazard map for earthquakes in Oklahoma. The Oklahoman reports that data collection has continued with the help of the Oklahoma Geological Survey after the state recorded more earthquakes of a magnitude of 3.0 and higher last year than California. The rate of 3.0 magnitude and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma has been 300 times higher over the past six years when compared to previous decades.
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Are Texans ready for the passage of open carry?
By Ken Jolly
Texas stands on the cusp of passing full open carry legislation. In fact, if it goes as scheduled, we should know soon. The bill, which would allow open carry for handguns, has passed the Senate and is now being reviewed by the House. I like the concept of open carry and will on occasion do it myself if the law passes. And I'm hoping it does pass, but I find myself straddling the line between the two opposing camps.
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Can states slow the flow of military equipment to police?
Emergency Management
Police in Minneapolis-St. Paul trained military-grade launchers and used flash bang and tear gas grenades on protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The Richland County, South Carolina, Sheriff's Department got an armored personnel carrier to help fight drug and gambling crime. And Ohio State University police acquired a 19-ton armored truck that can withstand mine blasts.
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