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Shootings redefine beat of school police officers
The New York Times
Once, perhaps unfairly, they fit a Mayberry image. School-based police officers were seen as friendly if a bit over-the-hill, a touch out of shape and counting the days to retirement as they watched children head from the lunchroom to recess. If anything serious happened, they were to lock the building and wait for help. But the string of mass killings at schools over the past 15 years has changed all that, adding urgent new duties and risks to the job and drawing in younger and often burlier officers. Out of hard experience has come a major rethinking of tactics in a crisis.
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Port authority aims to stop George Washington Bridge suicides
McClatchy News via Governing
Of the dead we know so little. Their names, usually. The clothes they wore. That they lost hope, and where. Richard Elliot Stone was one of the latest; he jumped off the George Washington Bridge on July 20, just before sunset. We know he wore jeans and a black T-shirt. He was 30 years old. The police refuse to give any more information, preferring not to encourage more jumpers.
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Virginia senator announces campus sexual assault legislation
WVEC-TV
New legislation introduced on July 30 is designed to crack down on sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Virginia, was among a bipartisan group of senators who stood with survivors and advocates to announce the Campus Safety and Accountability Act. Sen. Warner says the legislation will help to better protect and empower students, improve reporting, training and best practices, and strengthen transparency and accountability of educational institutions.
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Louisiana parish audit finds most school bus drivers not drug-tested
Claims Journal
An internal audit has found that the Caddo Parish school system has been testing far fewer bus drivers than it should for drugs and alcohol. Federal regulations require random testing each An internal audit has found that the Caddo Parish school system has been testing far fewer bus drivers than it should for drugs and alcohol.
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Texas Department of Public Safety: 'It's not rocket science' to secure border
The Associated Press via 610-FM
Democratic state lawmakers questioned what Texas will gain by committing more than $4 million a week to pump up border security amid a surge of immigrant children illegally crossing into the U.S., since all sides agree the minors pose little criminal or national security threat. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has announced the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border at a cost of around $3 million a week, saying that federal authorities have been overwhelmed and crime has spiked.
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Massachusetts report gives recommendations to keep students safe in school
The Boston Globe
All Massachusetts schools should have a crisis response team and a single public entrance. They should practice what would happen if a shooter appeared and ensure every classroom has a "go-kit" to be used in emergencies, according to a new report scheduled to be released by the state. The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security, established by Gov. Deval Patrick in January, has 29 recommendations for school leaders to prevent and respond to security incidents or issues on campus.
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Judge puts DC gun ruling on hold
Politico
A federal judge put on hold the decision he issued over the weekend banning enforcement of a key law Washington, D.C. police and federal law enforcement officials use to control the possession of handguns in the nation's capital. U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. stayed his earlier ruling for 90-days after the gun rights advocates who filed the case agreed to that length of delay in order to allow the D.C. Council to try to revise the law to comply with the judge's decision.
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Most are open to driverless cars, but wouldn't entrust their children to them
Property Casualty 360
Over 75 percent of drivers would consider buying a car with autonomous capabilities, and the number jumps to 86 percent if doing so resulted in much cheaper car insurance, a new survey indicates. The survey, conducted online in June by Insurance.com, polled 2,000 drivers, showed while people are open to the idea of autonomous cars, some reservations remain.
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Texas school board order $2 million in repairs for stadium engineering flaws
Claims Journal
A suburban Dallas school board has approved $2 million in funding for repairs to flaws that closed its $60 million high school football stadium. The Allen school board approved two resolutions that allocate the money and authorize the school district superintendent to pursue a repair contract. The board says it doesn't expect to use the money but allocated it in case the stadium architects and builders can't settle who is liable for the flaws.
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