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Panic buttons latest safety measure in Chicago area schools
Chicago Tribune
A new report from Elmhurst School District 205's Safety and Security Committee details measures taken in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut, including new entrances, panic buttons, standardized procedures for building entry and upgrades to video surveillance equipment. "The newest addition is the panic buttons that are in every building now, so if there were an intruder, staff can summon police at the push of a button," said Chris Whelton, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, who chairs the committee. "That was done over winter break this year."
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Campus safety officials look to apps for communication
Daily Tarheel
Kristina Anderson was a sophomore at Virginia Tech University in 2007 when a gunman, who also killed 32 students and faculty, shot her multiple times. The massacre made her increasingly aware of campus safety issues, and five years later, she became the co-founder of a smartphone application that she hopes will help curb threats to students on campuses. The application, called LiveSafe, is just one example of how mobile technology is changing the way university campuses monitor safety — and the University of North Carolina is working on developing its own safety app separate from emergency alert system Alert Carolina. Anderson said most people on college campuses have smartphones, which makes cell phones the most logical means of communication with police.
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$24 million Public Safety Complex to be unveiled
The Advocate
It was conceived during the look-forward-50-years exercises, designed with low-cost operations and future expansions in mind, then built over the past two years for $24 million. Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom will officially unveil the department’s Public Safety Complex, a five-building corrections center where inmates on the downside of their sentences will reside. The building was financed with a $21 million bond sale and $3 million in department reserves.
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Lousiana driver hand-help cellphone ban stalls again
Claims Journal
It appears Louisiana drivers won’t face new limits on their cellphone use. An annual effort seeking to prohibit hand-held cellphone use by motorists stalled Monday in the House Transportation Committee. After facing widespread resistance, Republican Rep. Mike Huval, of Breaux Bridge, voluntarily shelved his proposal. Supporters of the bill said it would help reduce distracted driving and could help lower insurance rates.
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Arizona elementary students learn skills at Water Safety Day event
KSAZ-TV
Three valley children were found in backyard pools last week alone. One didn't make it. It's a story we tell over and over and with it a very important message: Watch your kids around water. A recent special event was held to teach children how to stay safe around water at Mesa Community College. Water Safety Day is the brain child of a mother who suffered the worst tragedy — her son drowned.
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School bus drivers count drivers illegally passing stopped busses
Winston-Salem Journal
School bus drivers across North Carolina are counting the number of motorists that illegally pass their stopped buses. The one-day count of drivers breaking the law surrounding stopped buses is an annual event designed to gauge motorists’ compliance with the law, which is designed to protect children getting on or off a school bus. Last year, more than 3,300 drivers illegally passed stopped school buses during the one-day count. Assuming the one-day count captures an average day, nearly 600,000 vehicles illegally pass stopped buses each school year.
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Maryland lieutenant governer candidate discusses mall shooting, public safety
WJZ-TV
Howard County Executive Kenneth Ulman, who is running for lieutenant governor in the upcoming state election, delivered his final state of the county address. In wake of the shooting that claimed three lives at the Mall in Columbia in January, Ulman’s speech had significant focus on public safety and mental illness. Ulman touted public safety in the county and praised first responders.
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University of Michigan to triple number of talking cars as connected vehicle research ramps up
M-Live
The University of Michigan wants 9,000 intelligent vehicles operating in Ann Arbor, Mich., within the next two years. Nearly 3,000 wirelessly connected cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles and bikes are already operating throughout Northeast Ann Arbor as a part of a research project conducted by the U-M’s Transportation Research Institute and funded in large part by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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County rankings highlight child poverty and health disparities
Governing
The nation’s counties continue to show wide disparities in health status owing in large part to income gaps, according to the annual county health rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Now in its fifth year, the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report measures counties in a wide range of factors and ranks each within its state. In past years top counties have often placed among the highest in average income, and this year Robert Wood Johnson found that the least healthy counties have twice as many children living in poverty and twice the mortality rate of healthier counties.
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Most bars per capita designation prompts safety discussion
KECI-TV
A national survey suggests beer is big in the U.S., and the best state for beer lovers — Montana. Though the top ranking is good for the local service industry, NBC Montana found it also raises concern for safety on the road. A nationwide study on the best places to drink beer puts Montana in the No. 1 spot, citing less expensive beer taxes, a high number of award winning craft breweries and the most bars per capita of any state. The investment company publishing the study encourages beer lovers to visit Montana soon.
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Workplace safety risks primary concern for small businesses
Property Casualty 360
For small business owners, keeping employees safe at work is a major concern, according to a survey by EMPLOYERS, a specialty provider of workers’ compensation insurance and services. The survey revealed that workplace safety risks were cited as the greatest worry for business owners, with 35 percent of survey respondents citing it as their primary concern. Other top concerns are professional liability risks (26 percent) and cyber security risks (25 percent).
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Meet the woman behind 'Erin's Law' — giving voice to sexual abuse survivors
Alaska Dispatch
Visiting Alaska, Erin Merryn is a long way from home, and even farther from the torturous past she endured as a sexually abused child. As an adult, she's reclaimed the voice her abusers tried to silence. Now she's on a quest to make sure lawmakers across America hear what she has to stay. Merryn travels the country bearing witness to what happened to her in hopes of encouraging states to enact laws requiring sexual abuse education in schools.
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2013 extreme weather blamed on global warming
Claims Journal
The head of the U.N. weather agency blamed extreme weather on human-induced climate change Monday, citing key events that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Pacific region last year. Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said his agency’s annual assessment of the global climate shows how dramatically people and lands everywhere felt the impacts of extreme weather such as droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones.
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Spring-breaker's death brings increased safety concerns in beach cities
Alabama.com
As vacationers flock to the Alabama’s beaches in droves, many of them visiting for spring break, there is some concern over how to maintain safety. A fatal vehicle accident on West Beach Boulevard after an allegedly drunken driver struck a vacationing student from out-of-town, has some local leaders troubled, wondering if it could have been prevented. Mayors in two of the state’s beach communities — Gulf Shores and Orange Beach — say their administrations have increased police visibility in the area, hoping the presence of law enforcement will curtail any unruly behavior.
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