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'Tornado days' unlikely for Kansas schools
Claims Journal
Oklahoma officials are kicking around the idea of instituting “tornado days” in which classes would be called off when the threat of tornadoes is unusually high, but school and weather officials in Kansas think the idea could cause more problems than it solves. Schools in Mississippi and Alabama have tornado day policies in place, The Wichita Eagle reported, but Kansas school officials said there are several reasons why that wouldn’t work in their state.
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Gov. Cuomo orders SUNY to overhaul it's sexual assault rules
The New York Times
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on that he had instructed the State University of New York to overhaul its approach to preventing, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, including making affirmative consent the rule on all 64 of its campuses. Cuomo, announcing the change at a news conference in Manhattan, said SUNY’s new approach, which is to be put into effect in the next 60 days, would eventually lead to a statewide law regulating sexual assault policies at all New York colleges and universities.
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Washington school district phasing out swings on playgrounds due to liability issue
KSTW-FM
Richland schools are phasing out swings on the playground citing that they have caused most injuries of any play equipment. “As schools get modernized or renovated or as we’re doing work on the playground equipment, we’ll take out the swings. It’s just really a safety issue, swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground,” Richland School District’s Steve Aagard told KEPR.
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AAA study: 'Public safety crisis' ahead due to distracted driving
WBZ-FM
New research by AAA shows that avoiding distracted driving isn’t as simple as putting down the cell phone when you’re behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety performed research recently that showed mental distractions can cause danger for drivers — even when they have their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
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Questions for the board about risk
By Dr. David Hillson
It is quite common for risk professionals not to talk to senior executives or board members. After all, they probably think we are technical staff or analytical specialists involved in the detail of the business, and not relevant to the strategic direction of the organization. And perhaps we think that executives are too important or too busy to waste their valuable time listening to us. These two attitudes are both completely wrong.
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Baltimore officials offer plan to curb police brutality
The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency. "We didn't create these problems, but as leadership in charge today, it's our obligation to do everything that we can to fix the breach between the community and police," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said about the 41-page report outlining their plans.
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US considers Ebola screenings of airport arrivals
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
The Obama administration is considering screening airline passengers for Ebola symptoms as they arrive in the U.S. from some West African nations, an approach that had been previously rejected. In advance of a meeting on the Ebola outbreak at the White House, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, said President Barack Obama’s administration is discussing adding the additional step to passenger screenings now being conducted in the African nations stricken by the disease.
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Seattle tops US for pedestrian safety as Detroit trails
Bloomberg
Seattle, where a crowd of football fans celebrating a Super Bowl victory waited at a crosswalk for a signal change this year, is the safest U.S. city for pedestrians, according to a study by Liberty Mutual Holding Co. The city in Washington state has few pedestrian deaths and has invested in infrastructure that residents say makes walking safer, the insurer said today in releasing the results.
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Attacks at Angels, 49ers' stadiums renew concerns about event safety
The Associated Press via CTV News
Brawls at the San Francisco 49ers' and Los Angeles Angels' stadiums over the weekend have left a football fan and a baseball fan hospitalized in serious condition, raising calls for increased safety at major sports venues. "A small percentage of the fans cause the biggest issues. These are the ones who have lost perspective that this is a sport, a team," said Kathy Samoun, who founded the non-profit Fans Against Violence in 2011 after two violent stadium attacks: A shooting at Candlestick Park and a brutal beating outside the Los Angeles Dodgers' stadium that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow permanently disabled.
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