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Fatigue expert nominated to run highway safety agency
Claims Journal
The White House plans to nominate a specialist in human fatigue and alertness to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the regulator undergoes a review sparked by its botched recall of defective airbags linked to deaths and injuries. Mark Rosekind, now a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, would take over from NHTSA deputy director David Friedman, who has been overseeing the agency since David Strickland left the post earlier this year
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Hospitals improvise Ebola defenses
Claims Journal
What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital? Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease. To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.
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How much state prison populations are projected to grow
Governing
While incarceration rates have begun to decline nationally, some states expect to put more prisoners behind bars in coming years. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety performance project recently published new state prison population projections, providing projections of how numbers of inmates could change over the next four years.
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As snow comes to an end, western New York prepares for flooding
Bloomberg via Property Casualty
Lake-effect snow that killed at least 10 people and halted travel across western New York may reach as high as 7 feet in some areas before stopping, and temperatures will rise along with the risk of flooding. The state has sent about 1,300 workers and 658 pieces of snow-clearing equipment to the area where the snow has to be dug rather than plowed because it’s so heavy, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Photographs posted on Twitter showed houses buried to the eaves and cars covered on highways. Schools closed and mail delivery ground to a halt.
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6 years after Hurricane Ike, Texas coast remains vulnerable
Reuters via The Huffington Post
When Hurricane Ike hit this city on the Gulf of Mexico, William Merrell found himself trapped in a second-floor apartment as storm waters coursed eight feet deep through the floor below. "I had time to think," said the professor and chair of marine sciences at Texas A&M University Galveston. One thing he thought about was the Dutch Delta Works, a vast coastal protection system he had seen several years earlier on a trip to the Netherlands.
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Construction labor shortage raises safety concerns
Business Insurance
As a global trend toward urbanization and large infrastructure projects looks to spike demand for services in the coming decades, the construction industry is at a crossroads. While the industry has benefitted from a raft of advances in building design and technology, it still needs to address lingering concerns about labor shortages and construction defects. The recession decimated the construction industry and thinned the ranks of skilled workers, and worries persist about whether there are enough workers to go around as the industry's workload scales up, experts say.
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Gun bill could rekindle school safety debate
CBS Miami
After the issue drew heavy debate during the 2014 legislative session, a Florida House Republican is bringing back a proposal that could lead to some public-school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus. Sarasota Republican Greg Steube recently filed the proposal (HB 19) for consideration during the 2015 session.
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Government agencies should adopt enterprise-level risk management programs
Federal Times
At a recent panel discussion sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants and Grant Thornton, an OMB official acknowledged the need to look at risk more broadly than financial, and he suggested that guidance may be issued in early 2015 that would require agencies to look at risk on an enterprise level.
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