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Missouri governor names new public safety director
The Associated Press via ABC News
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on appointed a new state public safety director, nearly three weeks after the police shooting of Michael Brown led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb. The governor said former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom II will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1. He will replace Jerry Lee, who is retiring after almost three years as director.
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New safety measures greet students
The Wall Street Journal
Public schools nationwide are greeting students for the fall term with a host of new security measures, as administrators' efforts to safeguard their districts show no sign of waning in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The idea of "hardening" schools against intruders took on urgency after the December 2012 killing of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, with districts considering a variety of measures, from adding armed guards or giving guns to employees to installing perimeter fencing and bulletproof glass.
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Is downtown Orlando, Florida, safe? Another killing rekindles concerns
Orlando Sentinel
Maria Fernanda Godinez was out for a drink with friends at downtown Orlando's Vixen Bar early one morning when a stray bullet ended her life. The death of a woman who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time is rekindling discussions about how safe visitors are when they head downtown. It puts more pressure on police, and on City Hall, which has struggled with trying to expand downtown leisure options beyond the mix of bars and nightclubs that draw late-night crowds of thousands of mostly 20-somethings.
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Drinking puts New Mexico pedestrians in peril
Albuquerque Journal
Alcohol is a key reason New Mexico consistently ranks among the deadliest states for pedestrians — proof that drinking and walking on city streets is a deadly mix. Half of the 38 pedestrians who lost their lives in traffic accidents from 2008 to 2011 in Bernalillo County were intoxicated, an analysis by the Mid-Region Council of Governments shows. Drunken drivers were involved in another four fatal pedestrian crashes, or 12 percent of the total. And the entire Central Avenue corridor is Bernalillo County’s most dangerous for people on foot and bicycles.
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Louisiana parish approves police body cameras
Claims Journal
Terrebonne Parish Council has approved buying body cameras for all Houma police officers. Chief Todd Duplantis called it a win-win situation. As part of the purchase of 84 body cameras, the council approved a five-year, $125,470 technology contract with the camera’s manufacturer, TASER.
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Skyrocketing court fines are major revenue generator for Ferguson, Missouri
Governing
Much has been made of the apparently poor police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri, where a confrontation with the police left 18-year old Michael Brown dead and sparked weeks of community unrest. But there are other less visible yet no less serious indicators of simmering conflict in Ferguson, say experts, including one buried in the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
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University of North Carolina provides public safety app for students' phones
Chapelboro
Alert Carolina announced recently that the University of North Carolina is providing students with a new phone app that acts as a personal safety device. According to a news release, the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App creates an online safety network that allows students to check in with family, friends, Department of Public Safety officers and other trusted resources for providing assistance on campus and around town.
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Lawsuits challenge new drone rules
Claims Journal
Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency’s ban on commercial drone flights. The three lawsuits asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of the directive, which the Federal Aviation Administration issued in June. The agency said the directive is an attempt to clarify what is a model aircraft and the limitations on their operation.
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Georgia teenagers create police rating app
Governing
When the picket signs and rally cries vanish from the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a city now known for its racial tensions, it’s unclear how protests will impact relations between law enforcement and citizens.

 What’s unmistakable, however, is the call for change. It’s a call heard nationally and one that resonates for a group of technically-minded teens.
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