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Rethinking hospital design in the wake of natural disaster
KCUR-FM
Shortly after a massive twister struck his city in May 2011, Joplin, Missouri, resident Brandon McCoy described what he saw during what turned out to be one of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history. The tornado left a wide swath of destruction in its wake. One hundred fifty-eight people died. Property damage was catastrophic. One of the structures that took a direct hit was St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin.
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Recent crashes prompt police across nation to ramp up rail crossing citations
Claims Journal
A series of crashes involving trains and passenger vehicles — including deadly collisions in New York and California last month — have prompted police to ramp up ticket enforcement at railroad crossings.
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Full bins litter streets in LA city worker sickout's 3rd day
KNBC-TV
Recycling and compost bins around Los Angeles were sitting unemptied Friday, in the third day of a city sanitation worker sickout. Just under 90 percent of sanitaiton workers turned up for work Friday, a sanitation spokeswoman said. While all of the city's black solid waste bins were collected by Thursday afernoon, some green and blue bins remained full Friday.
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States are just starting to enforce the 2008 mental health law
Governing
States haven't been enforcing laws to guarantee mental health coverage, but long-awaited federal guidelines and New York's aggressive approach could spur more to start.
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New interactive storm-surge map helps residents see potential flood risks
Emergency Management
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is testing a new feature that lets people get a look at what kind of damage and storm surges are possible, and using Charleston, South Carolina, for the preliminary model.
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City workers banned from using phones while driving
WJCT-FM
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced he's cracking down on distracted driving by city workers. Brown says from now on employees are not allowed to talk on the phone, much less send texts or check emails, when they're behind the wheel of a city vehicle.
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US issues 'urgent' oil train safety recommendations
Reuters via Insurance Journal
The National Transportation Safety Board recently called for the faster replacement of rail cars that carry flammable liquids like crude oil or ethanol, one of four urgent recommendations stemming from an investigation of recent derailments.
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ROV industry fighting pending safety regulations it says could backfire
Fox News
Recreational off-highway vehicles, UTVs or side-by-sides, are designed to be driven on unpaved surfaces. But they're allowed on some paved roads in many states, and laws that restrict them from streets are often violated in others.
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Seattle city workers could get paid family leave
KING-TV
A city council committee here approved a proposal that will give city workers four weeks of paid family leave, making Seattle one of the first major metros in the region to take steps toward those employee benefits.
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Weather Service develops excellent new graphic for communicating severe weather risk
The Washington Post
In an evolving effort to better communicate severe weather hazards and risk, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is experimenting, learning by doing.
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FAO: Impact of natural disasters especially hard on ag
Farm Futures
Twenty-two percent of all damages inflicted by natural hazards such as drought, floods storms or tsunamis are registered within the agriculture sector, according to initial results from a March FAO study.
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Senators propose bipartisan bill to revise No Child Left Behind law
The New York Times
A bipartisan Senate bill revising the No Child Left Behind law was recently announced. It eliminates many of the most punitive elements of the law, the signature education achievement of the George W. Bush administration.
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