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Registration is now open for PRIMA's 2010 Webinar Series!
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Designed to help meet your educational goals without disrupting your schedule, this is one educational opportunity you do not want to pass up! Upcoming topics include: Risk Management 101, Wrongful Conviction and Incarceration, and Contractual Risk Transfer. Visit the PRIMA Web site to register for of the seven Webinars scheduled for next year. By purchasing all seven, you will save 10 percent off your order. Fees are per site login, so invite your colleagues to join you — and still pay the same price. Don't miss this great opportunity to interact directly with risk management experts from the comfort of your office. Can't participate in a Webinar but still want the information?  All Webinars will be recorded and available for purchase on CD.  Visit www.primacentral.org for more information. More




Security cameras' costs debated
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As Columbus, Ohio, moves forward with plans to monitor neighborhoods with security cameras, civil libertarians warn that the costs — both to privacy and pocketbooks — might outweigh the benefits. The pilot project could cost $1.25 million, said Seth Walker, assistant public-safety director. He said the cameras will deter some types of crime. More


New York report faults subway emergency planning
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A state inspector general says New York City's transit agency should designate someone to oversee emergency planning for the subways. More


Portland, Ore., community set to open one-stop services for domestic violence victims
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Set to open this spring, the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services in Multnomah County, Ore., is based on the first "family justice center" established in San Diego in 2002 that is thought to have led to a 95 percent reduction in that city's domestic violence homicides. When it opened, 70 percent of clients were unwilling to participate in the prosecution of their victims. Now 70 percent do. More




Four counties in Maryland sign pact on water emergencies
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With a written agreement among the four county executives who represent about a quarter of Maryland's population, help will be automatic and fast when water or wastewater pipes fail. Best of all, the agreement costs the participants nothing. The initiative is called MD WARN, which stands for Maryland Water Agency Response Network, and it's part of a national effort to lay the legal and logistical groundwork ahead of any disaster, whether it is the failure of one water pipe or a Katrina-sized hurricane. More


California city asks: Why so many birth defects?
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When environmental activists began a survey of birth defects in, Kettleman City, Calif., a small migrant farming town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the results were alarming. The 1,500 primarily Spanish-speaking residents of this impoverished enclave just off Interstate 5 want to know what is causing these health problems. Some blame them on a nearby hazardous waste facility — the largest landfill of its kind west of Louisiana and the only one in California licensed to accept carcinogenic polychlorinated biphenyls. More


Disaster leads to chance for giant park in Whatcom County, Wash.
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One of the things washed away in a 1983 flood was the rationale for maintaining state ownership of 8,400 acres at Lake Whatcom in Washington state. But now some question whether Whatcom County can afford to take back the land. More


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School district in Nevada looks into campus for at-risk youths
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The School District Board of Trustees for Washoe County, Nev., approved $75,000 for a feasibility study for a campus that would serve at-risk and disenfranchised youths up to age 24. The Sierra Tahoe Center for Arts and Technology would be based on a model developed by Pittsburgh-based author and motivational speaker Bill Strickland and his National Center for the Arts and Technology. More


Sheriff: Cascade County in Montana, owes $2.9 million for jail inmates
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Sheriff David Castle of Cascade County, Mont., presented a $2.9 million bill to county commissioners, which he claims is the county's cost of housing local inmates at the regional jail — a claim the county's finance director called "ridiculous." The unusual request — the county owns the 350-bed jail — follows a series of public hearings launched last month by the sheriff at which he's arguing the county is relying too heavily on revenue from the jail to fund public safety. More


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The Detroit Project
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For much of the United States, Detroit has become shorthand for failure—not just because of the dilapidation of the town's iconic industry, but because the entire metropolis seems like a dystopian disaster. This might make Detroit seem like the most hopeless case in the global history of the city. But it is hardly the worst and certainly not hopeless. Europe is filled with cities that have risen from similarly miserable conditions. More
 
 
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