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As anti-terrorism funding shrinks,
controversy grows over how to spend it

St. Louis Beacon    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the Department of Homeland Security released a list in May of cities that qualified for the Urban Area Security Initiative program, Kansas City didn't make the cut — even though it's been receiving funds since 2003. This year, St. Louis was the only city in Missouri to receive part of the $662.6 million allocated toward preventing or responding to terrorism, and it will likely receive a smaller slice — about $5.97 million — than in the 2010 budget year. More

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California state psychiatric workers call for greater safety
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two weeks ago, Dr. Alex Sahba, a psychiatrist at Metropolitan State Hospital, was attacked by a patient who rammed the legs of a metal chair into his body, leaving him bruised, bloody and limping. But that was a minor incident compared to one a year and a half earlier. More

Houston's pension plight is like a slow-motion crash
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest installment in the ongoing city of Houston pension disaster played itself out before city council last week. At issue was the contribution to be made to the Houston Municipal Employee Pension System in the upcoming fiscal year. The HMEPS is the system for all city employees who are not members of the police department or the fire department. In financial terms, it is by far the sickest of the city's three pension systems. More

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July Fourth violence raises safety questions
WBAL-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Violence marred July Fourth festivities in downtown Baltimore despite a large police presence, which has raised questions about whether the city should raise security levels a kin to the nation's capital. The shooting of a 4-year-old boy, a fatal stabbing and other less serious scuffles marred the holiday celebration in downtown Baltimore, drawing national attention and raising questions about preventing future offenses. More

Tampa's GOP convention a security challenge
Tampa Bay Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Presidential conventions typically have 3,500 to 4,200 people helping with public safety. Every day. Combined, the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida have about 2,100 sworn officers. If they all worked a convention, nobody would be left to police the remainder of the county. More

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Texas governor wages own battle along border
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The federal government claims the southwest border is more secure than it's ever been. There are more agents and barriers, more choppers, drones, sensors and hi-tech cameras than ever before. Yet, state officials in Texas maintain the illegal flow of people and drugs is worse than ever — proof, they say, the border is out of control. To back up his rhetoric, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared his own war on the traffickers. More

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US, Mexico to open border to Mexican long-haul trucking
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The United States and Mexico signed an agreement today ending a long-simmering dispute over the ability of Mexico based trucks to operate freely in the U.S. With certain restrictions and guidelines in place, the U.S. will allow Mexican long-haul trucks to make deliveries across the United States. In return, Mexico will lift its retaliatory tariffs on more than $2 billion in U.S. manufactured goods and agricultural products. More

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