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A 'glitch' keeps Medicaid from former foster kids
One of the most popular provisions in the Affordable Care Act gives young adults the option of staying on their parents' health insurance plan until they turn 26. It's been so popular, in fact, that less than half of all eligible employees under 26 enrolled in an employer-provided health plan in 2015. Many instead opted to stay insured under mom and dad.
Expert offers school bus safety tips
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
School bus safety is one of the many things parents need to review with their children before the start of the new school year, an expert says. Between 2004 and 2013, school transportation-related crashes in the United States claimed more than 1,300 lives. That's an average of 134 deaths a year, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Taxi exec calls proposed Uber, Lyft rules a 'public safety disaster'
Las Vegas Review-Journal
An executive with one of Southern Nevada's dominant taxicab companies says the Nevada Transportation Authority's proposed regulations for transportation network companies "is going to represent a public safety disaster for Las Vegas."
Most railroads won't make safety technology deadline set by Congress
Reuters via Claims Journal
Only a small number of U.S. railroads will meet the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing new train safety technology that experts say would have prevented the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, officials said.
EPA must enact strong chemical plant safety rules
The Baltimore Sun
Aug. 1 marked the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive order to make chemical plants safer. The president has been a long time advocate for chemical plant safety, and the executive order shows that he is committed to seeing real safety improvements before his term is over.
Vehicle cybersecurity flaws are safety issues and need to be fixed
Connected vehicles hold tremendous potential for improving road safety while simultaneously reducing energy consumption and road congestion through data sharing over the next 10 to 15 years.
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This map shows why a $15 minimum wage is a terrible idea
Progressive favorite Bernie Sanders has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. If you want a simple illustration of why that's such a staggeringly misplaced idea, look no further than this map from the Pew Research Center.
How wearable tech can help police
By Archita Datta Majumdar
A recent article in InPublicSafety's July issue hails the modern police as "RoboCops," a testament to the fact there is a tectonic shift towards technology in police work. While many departments are still struggling with budget issues, upgrades and technology improvements are imperative to effective policing in modern times. In fact, more wearable technologies are being adapted for law enforcement uses than other industries.
EPA mine cleanup goes horribly wrong, spilling 1M gallons of contaminated water
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
An environmental cleanup of an abandoned mine in the mountains of Colorado went horribly wrong, leading to the spill of 1 million gallons of contaminated water into a creek that eventually drains into the San Juan River.
Court accuses EPA of 'filibustering' on pesticide safety
A federal court scolded the Environmental Protection Agency for continually delaying a formal response to a request that it restrict a pesticide's use.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the EPA to either issue a new regulation concerning the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos or issue some other complete, formal response to the request by the end of October, more than eight years after conservation groups first filed the petition.
Sexting, Internet safety loom large as childhood health concerns
Reuters via Fox News
As more kids use mobile phones and surf the Web at increasingly younger ages, sexting and Internet safety are becoming bigger childhood health concerns, edging out longtime worries, like smoking and teen pregnancy, a new poll suggests.
Ensuring everyday safety with a discreet panic button
Everyday dangers are lurking behind every corner and we can only do so much when it comes to protecting ourselves. But what if you and your family wear a mobile panic button that allows you to discreetly contact anyone when in danger — would that bring you comfort and peace of mind? The Wearsafe Tag enables anyone to immediately contact a network of friends or family when they're in an emergency situation.
Concrete jungle redefined: How urban agriculture improves wellness
By Bianca Gibson
From urban farms to green roofs and school gardens, urban agriculture's popularity has steadily increased in recent years — and for good reason. Urban agriculture plants a seed of wellness by improving physical and mental health, community revitalization and environmental awareness. Anyone who lives in an urban setting can engage in this movement and begin to take back their land and health one plant at a time.
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