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Emanuel ordinance would require videotaping of gun sales
Chicago Tribune
Chicago could require gun dealers to videotape sales and ban gun stores near schools and parks under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to heavily regulate firearms sales following a federal court ruling that tossed out the city’s outright ban on gun sales. The plan, to be introduced at a Chicago City Council meeting, would require gun dealers to videotape sales “to discourage traffickers and buyers who use false identification,” according to a report from the city detailing the specifics of the ordinance.
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Christie signs sex offender bill into law
NorthJersey.com
At a State House ceremony, Governor Christie welcomed the father of a girl whose murder helped push a new law that lengthens the sentences for individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assaults against children. Known as the Jessica Lunsford Act, after a girl who was brutally murdered in 2005 by a twice convicted sex offender, the law will provide for mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years to life for someone convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under 14-years-old. Previously, such a crime was subject to penalties of 10 to 20 years.
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Summer cocktails? Texas hosts rarely liable for guests' DWI accidents, but that may be changing
KROI-FM
It’s a scary statistic. The rate of DWI-related deaths in Harris County is often the highest among the nation’s most populated counties. That gives you something to think about if you’re planning to throw a party or entertain with alcohol. If someone leaves your house after drinking too much and then causes an accident, what’s your “social host liability?”
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Making public safety mobile friendly
State Tech
What if information sharing applications used by first responders in New York City were also made available to professionals in Los Angeles? Imagine that those apps could be accessed from a netbook, tablet computer or smartphone. The concept isn’t far-fetched. In fact, first responders are sharing data across state lines, but too often they rely on using phone, pen and paper to obtain information, analyze data, share information and coordinate response efforts, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
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Pennsylvania school district awarded $2 million for safety, mental health programs
York Dispatch
Kathy Minnich and Sally Reed consider themselves to be "bilingual" — not in two dialects, but in the languages of education and mental health. The two social workers in the Pennsylvania's Northeastern School District have worked for years with limited budgets to decrease the barriers between the two worlds, so students with mental health concerns get the help necessary for a safe school environment for them and their peers.
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Backpack bans, sealed lockers latest efforts to keep schools safe
Fox News
A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students' lockers. For the last two weeks of the school year, students at Wantagh High School — located about 34 miles east of New York City — are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags, sign in and out to use the bathroom and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers took school security to a new level.
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Many Florida counties lack hurricane shelters
Claims Journal
According to a recent study, most Florida counties lack space in hurricane shelters for a major hurricane evacuation. The Naples Daily News recently reported that Southwest Florida has the highest shelter shortage and is especially vulnerable because of low-lying land and proximity to large water bodies.
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Jury awards $172 million in verdict against New York City
The New York Times
A girl who suffered brain damage while waiting for an ambulance won a $172 million judgment against New York City on Wednesday when a Bronx jury determined that Fire Department paramedics could be held liable for giving her mother bad advice. The jury reached a verdict after a three-week trial in State Supreme Court, said Thomas A. Moore, a lawyer for the girl’s family. It was one of the largest awards of its kind in city history.
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Chris Christie: Camden, New Jersey, policing works
McClatchy News via Governing
Gov. Christie recently came to Camden to promote the Camden County police force on a day it grew to nearly 400 officers, touting a reported drop in crime while suggesting a regional policing approach could work elsewhere as well. Camden "is becoming a model for other cities to embrace," Christie said at a news conference outside City Hall, after citing a 30 percent "overall reduction in total crime," and declines in homicides and robberies during the first quarter of 2014. "It shows we can do things differently."
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NYC City Council passes bills aiding de Blasio's quest to end traffic deaths
The New York Times
Cabbies who strike pedestrians in New York City can be prohibited from driving a taxi. Hitting a pedestrian or a cyclist who has the right of way is grounds for a misdemeanor charge. And certain “exhibition behavior” from motorcyclists, including “an explicit invitation to race,” will not fly, either. These were among the changes approved by the NYC City Council, as part of a package of bills framed as a piece of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.
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New Texas laws are keeping kids out of court
The Texas Tribune via Governing
New court data show that the number of tickets written by public school police officers for student misbehavior has fallen 71 percent since new laws designed to reduce the procedure went into effect late last year. Until the new laws, students who caused disruptions on school buses or in classrooms, who trespassed, or who possessed drugs or alcohol on school grounds could be ticketed with a Class C misdemeanor.
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North Dakota is the deadliest state to work in
Mother Jones
Fracking has done some incredible things for North Dakota: It has the fastest-growing economy and lowest unemployment in the nation, and it is second only to Texas in churning out oil. But as with any gold rush, the boom comes with a human cost for those involved — illness, injury, and fatalities.
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Colorado State increases estimate of named Atlantic storms
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
Colorado State University increased the number of storms it expects to develop during the Atlantic hurricane season to 10 from nine. The forecast calls for four of those to become hurricanes, one of them a major system, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the outlook. In April, his team predicted three hurricanes, with one growing into a major storm.
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Utah consumers cautioned on rideshare apps
Claims Journal
Smartphone users tapping into ridesharing apps for a lift should first check their insurance policies, state officials are warning. Drivers for companies such as Uber or Lyft, who use their own vehicles, should also consult whether they’re covered in the event of an accident, the Utah Insurance Department has cautioned in recent weeks.
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Driver's Ed for the FDNY as part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero
Staten Island Advance
To bolster Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero plan, the city Fire Department plans to spend $1.3 million on one-day driving courses for members who steer ambulances and fire trucks, according to the New York Post. Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano told the City Council that the effort is part of the mayor's Vision Zero initiative which aims to reduce traffic and pedestrian deaths in New York City.
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Texas DPS part of Roadcheck of commercial vehicles
The Associated Press via KVUE-TV
The Texas Department of Public Safety has joined a three-day nationwide safety effort called Roadcheck targeting commercial vehicles and drivers. Texas troopers began their upgraded enforcement by watching for 18-wheelers and buses with serious equipment violations. DPS will also be on the lookout for aggressive passenger vehicle drivers — the cause of most commercial vehicle crashes.
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How campus safety could affect college choices
Marketplace
Campus safety is on the minds of many college-age women these days. Female students were among the targets in the deadly attacks near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. But even before then, sexual harassment and assault on college campuses were making headlines. In the past couple months, the U.S Department of Education has published the names of about 60 schools its Office for Civil Rights is investigating for their handling of Title IX offenses, which involve sexual violence.
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