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US Chamber of Commerce outlines 'Steps to a 21st Century U.S.-Mexico Border'
Cronkite News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce laid out a coordinated border plan that calls for combined improvements in infrastructure, security, immigration policies and trade, instead of the current piecemeal approach. More

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Homeland Security beefing up safety at Kansas biosecurity lab to withstand tornado winds
The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Even before the deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo., federal officials say they planned to modify the design of the new Kansas biosecurity lab to better withstand tornadoes and strong winds. The Department of Homeland Security is building a $650 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University in Manhattan. More

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Sacramento, Calif., intends to make major public safety cuts
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The Sacramento City Council's tentative decision recently to make severe budget cuts to public safety is not final, but it made a big statement. Council members voted 6-3 to say they intend to make budget cuts later this month that include layoffs of 82 sworn cops and increases in brownouts or alternating closures for fire services. More

New Atlanta pension proposal in the works
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new day. A new pension proposal in Atlanta. City Councilwoman Felicia A. Moore, plans to introduce a proposal that she has worked out with the city's employee unions to solve Atlanta's unfunded pension liability of more than $1.5 billion. More

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Los Angeles traffic cameras may get the red light
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The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to kill the city's controversial red-light camera program, rejecting claims that the system makes streets safer while costing the city nothing. A recent vote means that the red-light cameras installed at 32 intersections throughout the city could stop operating within a few weeks unless the City Council takes the unusual step of stripping the Police Commission of its authority over the issue. More

Nuclear power plant opens its doors to public    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Exelon opened up Pennsylvania's Limerick Generating Station's learning center for a community open house recently. Exelon employees spent the evening greeting area residents and answering questions, with the recent shutdowns at the plant a popular topic. More

Pleasanton, Calif., pays off $7.8 million toward its pension obligations for workers
San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pleasanton, Calif.'s recent push to lower its pension obligations took another step forward as the City Council recently agreed to pay off a small portion of its unfunded liability. The council, through its consent calendar, authorized the city manager to pay off just over $7.8 million toward a CalPERS side fund related to police retirement. More

Report: Private airport screeners could save $39 million
Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taxpayers could save nearly $39 million annually if Los Angeles International Airport replaced its federal security screeners with a privatized force, according to a report by the chair of the House Transportation Committee. The finding by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., comes as city and airport officials examine whether to substitute some of the Transportation Security Administration workers at LAX with private screeners who would be under federal supervision. More

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