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Are you prepared for #Fightfor15?
By Danielle Wegert
The recent headlines announcing New York's decision to increase fast food workers' minimum wage to $15 by 2019 has once again stirred up the nation in a heated debate over whether the minimum wage should be increased nationwide. On one side are those who believe minimum wage and living wage should be the same thing: the #Fightfor15 supporters. On the other side are those who believe increasing minimum wage will result in job loss and higher prices. Which side is right?
Feds plan to gather tons of seeds from native plants to protect land after natural disasters
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Federal authorities announced a plan to produce massive quantities of seeds from native plants that can be quickly planted to help land recover from natural disasters, such as wildfires and hurricanes.
Legislative committee to ponder drone risks, benefits
San Bernardino Sun
A joint legislative committee will hear testimony from drone advocates and emergency service providers as the state attempts to wrestle with regulations for a new industry.
FTA proposes new safety program rules for transit industry
The Federal Transit Administration recently unveiled a proposed rule to establish a public transportation safety program that would create a framework for the agency to monitor, oversee and enforce safety in the public transit industry.
State committee to study jail safety standards
KVUE-TV via WFAA-TV
Things must change — that's the message from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a group of passionate state legislators who say the number of suicides among Texas inmates is too high, and action must be taken.
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Old or faulty: Is outdated software putting airline passengers at risk?
By Ryan Clark
Hundreds of flights in and around the Washington, D.C., area were either delayed or canceled altogether recently due to a computer glitch in a nearby traffic control center. The disruption that diverted hundreds of flights along the East Coast has been resolved, but the cause of the problem still remains somewhat of a mystery — with some blaming a software upgrade and calling for changes regarding who gets to regulate said procedures.
States start restricting police license plate readers
Police have a new set of eyes called automated license plate readers, and they're growing in popularity — and controversy.
Extreme weather putting world food production at greater risk
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
The risk of global food production shocks and price spikes is rising due to increasingly intense storms and more frequent flood and drought events associated with warmer temperatures, U.S. and British researchers said.
Report offers 27 ways to reduce risk of oil-train derailments
A rail-safety expert recommended that Pennsylvania step up track inspections and press railroads to increase the number of electronic trackside monitors to reduce the risk of oil-train derailments.
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How school resource officers provide safety
Bluffton police officer, Lauren Brown is ready for her first day as a school resource officer at River Ridge Academy.
"As school resource officer, our number one priority is safety,we also do law-related education and counseling."
So what exactly does she do to make sure our kids are safe throughout the school day?
Millions to be spent to protect sewage plants from effects of climate change
Experts say that more than half of Connecticut's 88 sewage plants may be at "high risk" for flooding because of the increasing likelihood of major climate-change-related storms and rising sea levels.
The danger is that stormwater could inundate the plants, damage electrical systems and other vital controls and result in raw or partially treated sewage being released into streams, rivers and Long Island Sound.
Experts: Young immigrants placed in sponsor homes are at risk of abuse
Los Angeles Times
A 15-year-old girl who crossed the border from Central America illegally last summer was placed by a U.S. government agency with a Santa Ana relative who demanded the girl go to work, rather than school, to earn her keep.
To pressure the girl, the relative withheld food and kept the refrigerator locked.
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