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How much did states spend battling this winter?
Governing
Transportation departments spent more than $1 billion since last October plowing highways, salting roads and coping with winter weather, according to a new survey. The tally of 23 states, conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, put the total cost at more than $1.13 billion. The full costs are higher, as several snowy states did not provide figures for the survey.
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Possible recall-related crashes involving vehicles 10 years and older going unreported
Claims Journal
Hundreds of crashes involving defective cars are going unreported each year because under U.S. safety rules automakers aren't required to report suspicious accidents for models more than 10 years old.
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Improving bicycle crash-scene reports improves safety
The Boston Globe
Anne Lusk cares a lot about bicyclist safety, and she's working to improve it in a surprising way. Instead of engineering a better helmet or lobbying for more bike lanes, she's simply asking the Boston Police Department to change the way that it collects data on bike accidents.
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'Serious safety risk' recalls increasing
FleetNews
Research conducted by the firm found that in 2014, 195 recalls for motor vehicle models were issued, more than at any point in the last five years. Pinsent Masons says the increase demonstrates the increasing pressure on manufacturers to be proactive about dealing with vehicle problems, motivated by recent events in the US. Honda's record $70m fine for inadequate reporting of fatalities, injuries and warranty claims has been one of a number of recent high-profile cases, which has left automakers sensitive to the reality that regulators are taking a stronger approach to enforcing penalties.
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Research lags on the health risks of women's exposure to chemicals
The Guardian
The most common image associated with workplace chemical exposure usually involves a man, perhaps clad in a lab coat or a coverall, carefully interacting with lethal compounds. For decades, however, women have been moving into a host of jobs that bring them into regular contact with toxic chemicals, from hair styling to housekeeping to firefighting.
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Rise in contaminated food causes consumers to seek local
By Lisa McReynolds Smith
Food. It's not just simply something we consume daily to live. Food is a powerful connector among the members of a community, and allows them to be engaged with the source of their nutrition. It's a lifestyle. It's a thriving culture. However, just as one bad apple may pose a threat to the whole bunch, this culture is not immune to certain risks. The latest being large food recalls due to listeria-contaminated products. Amy's Kitchen, Sabra and Blue Bell — just to name a few — have voluntarily recalled some, if not all, of their products since late March.
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Social media's role in disaster response expands
Emergency Management
Many cities already have emergency response technology in place, but with so many people reaching out to social media, these tools will continue to grow.
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US, Canada unveil rules to boost oil train safety
The Associated Press via SecurityInfoWatch
Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials.
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Risk management, 9/11, and where we are today
CIO
Events that happened 14 years ago changed the way we view our safety and the world around us. Has it changed how we manage risks overall?
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Fresno's proposed budget boosts public safety
KFSN-TV
During the seven years of recession, Fresno lost 150 police officers. Now that the economy has turned around, Mayor Ashley Swearengin says the plan is to start rebuilding the force. "This budget proposes significant increases in public safety staffing and equipment," said Swearengin.
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Here's why natural disasters improve a country's happiness
The Weather Network
Imagine dropping your wallet in the community you live in now. How likely would it be returned if found by a stranger? This is a survey question experts used to study levels of trust in the recently published "2015 World Happiness Report." Trust was a major factor in determining how well a country reacts in the face of economic shock or natural disaster.
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