City of Houston releases video on steps to take if active shooter enters workplace
In the aftermath of the mass shooting event in Aurora, Colo., the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security has announced the release of a video that provides key steps individuals should take if they encounter an active shooter. More
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Municipal pension crisis — '$6 billion is still a big number'
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New figures show municipalities in Pennsylvania are facing more than $6 billion in unfunded liabilities. That total is actually a slight improvement over where things stood two years ago, but the state and its municipalities have a long way to go. More
Missouri court overturns 2005 cap on liability lawsuits
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The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned a key provision in a Republican-backed "tort reform" law that limited the amount of money people could win in medical malpractice lawsuits. More
Safety officials worry about how to protect cellphone-distracted pedestrians
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A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. More
95 state employees volunteer to pay on health insurance
Sioux City Journal Share
A total of 93 state officials and employees — including 20 unionized workers — joined Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in signing up for a new state-funded health insurance plan that allows them to voluntarily pay 20 percent of their premium costs beginning Aug. 1 and running through the rest of this calendar year. More
Insurance industry reps: Detroit auto premiums high because of crime, state coverage limits
Car insurance in Detroit was the highest in the nation in 2011, according to a study by Runzheimer International. Those in the industry say that premiums are high because of the city's high crime rate, as well as a situation that is unique to the Pleasant Peninsula. More
Iowa Municipal Fire & Police seeks more diversity via study
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Iowa Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System, West Des Moines, is conducting an asset/liability study, said Terry Slattery, executive director of the $1.8 billion pension fund. Investment consultant Summit Strategies Group is performing the study and looking for ways to further diversify the portfolio with less volatility while still obtaining a 7.5 percent rate of return, Mr. Slattery said in a telephone interview. More
Cities may rethink sledding in parks after court ruling
Omaha World-Herald Share
Could sledding down snow-covered hills become a pastime of the past in Nebraska parks? A lawyer for the City of Omaha says a ban on sledding and other high-risk recreation in parks might be the best way to reduce liability in light of an opinion handed down recently by the Nebraska Supreme Court. More