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Drones eyed as future firefighting tool
Claims Journal
When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition? That’s one of the many questions federal wildland firefighting officials are asking as drones become increasingly popular in warfare and commerce.
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Dallas could start taking guns from domestic abusers as soon as September
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas County is on its way to creating an innovative program to confiscate guns from domestic abusers, preparing for a launch as soon as September. Last month, officials promised to better enforce laws that forbid certain domestic batterers from having guns after The Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas County regularly failed to ensure the guns were being taken away.
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Arizona inventor's device aims to curb hot-car deaths
The Republic
Scott McDonald's background is in airplanes, but it is an invention for cars that has become McDonald's passion in the hopes that the device will become required for vehicles across the country. It's the latest in a series of inventions designed to address a deadly problem. McDonald, a commercial airline pilot based in Arizona, was horrified to see the statistics of children who die or suffer injuries after being left in a hot car when the driver failed to remember the child was riding in the backseat.
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Smart roofs to help NYC cops fight crime
Fast Company
The murder rate in New York City is lower than ever, but in public housing projects, shootings are up 32 percent. In addition to flooding those areas with additional police officers, New York Police Department commissioner Bill Bratton is taking a creative approach to quelling the violence. Bratton is launching a two-year, $1.5 million pilot program to install microphone-based rooftop sensors in select locations.
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Pennsylvania cops might finally get radar power
Governing
If you’ve been stopped by police for speeding in the last 30 years, there’s a good chance your speed was clocked by radar — unless you’re in Pennsylvania. Local cops in the Keystone State aren’t permitted to use radar guns for speed enforcement, but a proposal working its way through the Pennsylvania Legislature may change that later this year.
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Christie vetoes gun magazine reduction bill
USA Today
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a gun-control bill that would have cut the maximum allowable size for an ammunition magazine from 15 to 10 rounds, urging lawmakers to focus instead on mental illness to reduce violence. Christie was being pressured by both sides. Bryan Miller, executive director of Heeding God's Call, said Christie's veto was a political calculation related to gun-friendlier states such as New Hampshire and Iowa.
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DDOT proposes 'Park-Its' to improve safety for cyclists, drivers
WJLA-TV
D.C. Police say that a bicyclist was hit by a car Tuesday morning in the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, but the cyclist refused treatment. The driver was later ticketed, and riders were not surprised. Continue reading “You know, I see all kinds of quasi-legal behavior both by drivers and pedestrians — and of course, bicyclists,” says cyclist Matt Larsen.
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States are trying to protect privacy
Governing
Worried about your boss prying into your personal business, poking around in aspects of your life you’d rather keep between friends and family — even as you’re sharing more of it on social media? Seventeen states have drawn a line on what’s your business and what your boss can access by passing laws that ban employers from asking for the logins and passwords to the personal social media, email and other online networking accounts of their workers and prospective hires.
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Climate-driven wildfires cost insurers $5 billion in 10 years
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
Wildfires blamed in part on climate change are consuming timber in the U.S. West at such a furious pace that half the Forest Service’s budget is now spent fighting them — up from 21 percent in 2000. Add in the firefighting of other agencies, as well as state governments, and the bill to taxpayers runs in the billions of dollars each year. And it’s growing fast, driven by an urbanizing West as well as warmer and drier summers.
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