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Aggressive holiday driving and #WalmartFights
Property Casualty 360
During the wee hours of Black Friday, users had already begun flooding social media sites with videos and commentary detailing scuffles and all-out brawls over discounted merchandise and a number of otherwise predictable social infractions. Did you just cut in line?! Trending on Twitter was the hashtag #WalmartFights, which we'll let speak for itself. With tensions high and tempers flaring this holiday season, it should come as no surprise that drivers are exhibiting increasingly aggressive (and potentially dangerous) maneuvers that would definitely land them on Santa's naughty list.
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Smart911 introduced to Michigan residents
Lansing State Journal
When seconds count, information is crucial. Now, with the introduction this month of a Smart911 system in Eaton and Ionia counties, emergency crews can be armed with potentially lifesaving knowledge from a profile of the home or important medical information about the caller. “Smart911 is especially beneficial to those with a medical condition or disability,” said Sunfield Fire Chief Tim Janes. “Those valuable seconds or even minutes we can save by dispatching the appropriate response teams immediately can be lifesaving.”
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School districts add assault weapons to arsenals
San Antonio Express-News
Bexar County has never experienced a live shooter on a campus, but some school police departments are preparing for the worst. Over the last several years, some of San Antonio's larger school district police departments have been quietly adding assault weapons, often referred to as long rifles by law enforcement officials, to their weaponry, and now some of the smaller school districts are doing it too.
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Guns reported stolen, missing — state totals
Governing
Nearly 200,000 guns were reported lost or stolen last year, according to federal data. The following table shows the number of guns reported stolen and the number of guns reported missing in National Crime Information Center for 2012. Statistics include firearms reported stolen by private individuals and Federal Firearms Licensees.
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286 West Virginia distracted driving citations since July
Claims Journal
More than 280 motorists have been cited for distracted driving violations in West Virginia since a new law went into effect July 1. The law makes using a handheld cellphone while driving a primary offense. It also bans texting while driving. Fines for both offenses are the same, $100 for a first offense and $200 for a second violation. Subsequent offenses carry $300 fines. Officers with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program issued 286 citations and gave 108 warnings to motorists from July 1 to Nov. 30, Beckley police Capt. Lonnie Christian told The Register-Herald.
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Mississippi to open 2 county emergency shelters
The Mississippi Press
George County supervisors celebratde the opening of two new emergency shelters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Dec. 10. The shelters are approximately 3,800 square feet, built to withstand 200 mph winds, have 12-inch concrete walls, self supportive utilities and will be able to house 139 people during a hurricane. Altogether, the shelters cost approximately $3.2 million and were funded 100 percent through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
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Video: Hospital experts discuss prepping for disasters
U.S. News & Health Report
Emergency preparedness was among the many topics discussed during the first annual U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow Forum, held in Washington, D.C., in November. In a keynote panel moderated by U.S. News & World Report Executive Editor Margaret Mannix, health industry executives described how their hospitals coped with crises like the Boston Marathon bombing and Superstorm Sandy and shared the lessons they learned from dealing with those disasters. Anthony E. Shorris, senior vice president, vice dean, and chief of staff at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, described what happened at his hospital as Sandy made landfall in 2012.
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Risk Management Solutions — Terrorism risk can be modeled; insuring it remains difficult
Property Casualty 360
Terrorism remains a difficult risk to insure, but, contrary to the views of some, it can be modeled by measuring the likelihood of an attack against vigorous counter-terrorism efforts employed by Western nations, according to a Risk Management Solutions white paper meant to inform stakeholders as they debate a Terrorism Risk Insurance Act extension. In fact, the white paper argues that terrorism insurance itself is really insuring against the failure of counterterrorism. “The frequency of such failures is low because of concerted suppressive western government counter-terrorism measures, which are stepped up even further after any successful act of terrorism,” RMS says.
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Lawmakers want cameras on train tracks, engineers
Claims Journal
Just a week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks. “I know you’re going to hear from Metro-North that there are costs, but the costs of these audio and visual recorders is minuscule, in fact negligible, compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars that this tragic incident will cost Metro-North in the end,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut who joined New York Sen. Charles Schumer for a news conference at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.
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