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CDC assigns risk management teams to hospitals
Homeland Security News Wire
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that it would send a team of experts to any hospital in the country with a confirmed Ebola case, saying that if such a precaution had been taken at the recent botched infection case on Oct. 8 in Dallas, that facility staff would not have been at risk for infection. These disease control specialists will be able to manage situations including infection control, lab science, personal protective equipment and the overall management of Ebola units and wards.
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Texas districts and charters reminded of state's fingerprinting requirements
TXK Today
As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas Education Agency reminded districts and charters of the state’s fingerprinting requirements aimed at assuring the safety of all students, teachers and staff in public schools. In 2007, the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring fingerprint-based criminal background reviews for certain school employees.
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Jury finds that guardrail maker defrauded US with changes
Claims Journal
Trinity industries Inc. faces a potential liability of $1 billion after a jury found the company defrauded the U.S. by deliberately withholding information about cost-saving changes to its highway guardrail system that potentially made it more dangerous. Jurors in Marshall, Texas, federal court deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours before finding the guardrail maker cheated the government of $175 million by wrongly passing off the product as eligible for federal funding.
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6 intersection designs that actually prioritize pedestrians
Next City
Crosswalks and signals are supposed to make walkers safe as they step off the curb, but a tragic example from New York City last month shows that pedestrian infrastructure just isn’t enough when it’s trumped by car-centric intersection design. On Sept. 25, a driver turned left from Kenmore Street onto Elizabeth Street in Manhattan and fatally struck 82-year-old Sui Leung. Like almost half of New York walkers that get hit, she was crossing in a crosswalk. While the motorist may be charged under a new city law (police have yet to declare a verdict), the intersection where Leung was struck will remain dangerous.
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Indianapolis to set 'trick-or-treat' hours
Indianapolis Recorder
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety has announced trick-or-treat hours for Halloween in Indianapolis and is also offering tips to help trick-or-treaters stay safe. Trick-or-treat hours in Indianapolis will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is planning extra patrols and enforcement in neighborhoods during that time.
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How analytics can help governments crack down on disabled parking fraud
Governing
A new high-tech platform designed to reduce disabled parking permit and placard fraud could allow states and municipalities to crack down on criminals who are abusing the system. Though there is currently no national system tracking the use of fraudulent accessible parking decals, making it difficult to measure the full extent of the problem, increases in placard issuance and use of placards in several cities indicate fraud may be on the rise.
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Paying for mistakes, Missouri city prepares for a 'catastrophic claim'
Springfield News-Leader
At $700,000, the legal settlement the city of Springfield will pay to an unarmed man shot by a city police officer is the single largest claim the city has paid this century. But timing, as they say, is everything. Former officer Jason Shuck reportedly mistook his handgun for a Taser when he shot a fleeing panhandler, Eric David Butts, on May 9. If the shooting had occurred just 53 days later, citizens might have saved $450,000. The city's new liability insurance policy, which took effect July 1, puts a cap on the amount of taxpayer money at risk if the city is sued.
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Where summer crime spikes the most
Governing
t’s common for law enforcement agencies to experience an uptick in crime during the summer months. Some city departments deploy extra officers when the weather warms up and crime rates rise. But in other, typically warmer areas, summer isn’t all that different than other seasons. To gauge typical crime patterns, Governing reviewed monthly data that 384 larger law enforcement agencies reported to the FBI between 2010 and 2012.
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Small business advice: How to prepare your company for an outbreak like Ebola
The Washington Post
In the wake of the Ebola outbreak, many small employers may be worrying about their preparedness in the event an employee becomes ill with or exposed to an infectious disease. Concerns are running especially high now that we know individuals exposed to the virus in the United States traveled on commercial airline flights and a cruise ship, potentially jeopardizing the health of fellow travelers.
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