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Minnesota law adds stricter regulations for teen drivers
International Falls Journal
Minnesota teenagers anxious to become licensed drivers will have to wait a little longer before hitting the milestone after the first of the year. And, their parents will need to be trained, too. Teens are now required to log 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed adult. The new statewide driver’s license law that takes effect Jan. 1 requires teens to have an additional 10 hours of practice before securing their license.
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How to manage stress levels during lawlessness and mob situations
In Public Safety
The recent protests that turned into lawlessness in Ferguson, Missouri, were disturbing for the entire nation to witness. Law enforcement agencies across the country have been working with community organizers and protesters to keep demonstrations peaceful, but were unsuccessful in Ferguson. A law enforcement officer serves and protects the community. They are on the front line, trying to keep the community safe and protect local businesses from having property destroyed by mobs with criminal intent. Here are several tips to reduce stress levels on the front lines.
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Florida's drug testing of welfare applicants ruled unconstitutional
Governing
A federal appeals court upheld a lower federal court ruling that Gov. Rick Scott's crusade to conduct drug tests on welfare recipients as a condition of their benefits was unconstitutional. The unanimous ruling came from a bipartisan panel of judges and broadly concluded that people cannot be forced to surrender their constitutional rights as a condition of receiving a government benefit. The decision came just two weeks after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges heard arguments in the case.
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How the live event industry is making rock concerts safer
Forbes
“Has anyone been to a live show that was worth dying for?” asks Jim Digby, production manager for the band Linkin Park, at the first Event Safety Summit, an event dedicated to disseminating better practices for safety in the live event industry held in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Participants shifted uneasily in their seats.
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Drone usage likely to increase in Alabama
The Montgomery Advertiser via Claims Journal
Unmanned drones may be a common sight in the skies over Alabama within the next few years, doing everything from scouting traffic accidents to delivering packages. “I think in the next five years you’ll see these aircraft fully integrated in the airspace,” said John McGraw, a former Federal Aviation Administration official. “I think they’ll have the ability to sense and avoid other (air) traffic. I think you’ll see that they’re part of everyday life.”
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Drunk driver can't be excluded from New York City job working with special needs children
The Washington Post
New York is one of the few states that limits employers’ ability to exclude applicants based on their criminal records. The limitation isn’t complete — employers are sometimes allowed to exclude applicants this way, depending on the job and the past criminal conviction — but, as this case shows, it’s pretty substantial. In recent years, there has been a movement to enact similar laws elsewhere.
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The best way to fix buildings to withstand earthquakes
Governing
As many as 70,000 people here live in old apartment buildings that are at risk of crumpling in a severe earthquake. At the same time, the city also suffers from an enormous housing shortage that makes it one of the most expensive cities in the United States to live in. Scott Wiener has an idea he thinks could help solve both of those problems at the same time.
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Trucker rest rules could be at risk in budget deal
Bloomberg via Claims Journal
Congress is considering adding to a year-end budget deal a provision to roll back safety rules aimed at ensuring truck drivers get enough rest, a measure U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said should be rejected. Foxx said he strongly opposes the plan, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 5 but never got a floor vote. The House never considered the plan, which has surfaced in negotiations on a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 11. Trucker fatigue gained attention when a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. tractor-trailer on June 7 hit a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan after the trucker had been awake for at least 24 hours, according to a police report. He was nearing the end of a 14-hour work shift.
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Public safety communications: Time for convergence
Information Week
As commercial mobile broadband consumers, we've all seen the accelerating pace of product, application, and service developments for personal communications. Within the past decade, consumers have moved from cellular voice to voice plus text, data, pictures, and video. Using a variety of smartphone applications, we can deliver individual, group, and broadcast multimedia communications, providing family, friends, and colleagues with real-time updates on any situation.
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