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PRIMA created the Student Scholarship Program to increase the visibility of risk management in public administration programs at colleges and universities across the nation. This program provides students with a distinctive opportunity to meet, talk with, and learn from directly expert practitioners in the public risk management field. The conference scholarship includes registration, meals, hotel accommodations, and transportation during PRIMA's four–day educational program, June 6–9 in Orlando, Fla. For more information, or to apply for PRIMA's Student Scholarship Program, visit

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 27 for consideration.

Pennsylvania House panel approves anti–shackling bill
Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau via Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A legislative panel in Pennsylvania took the first step toward ending what critics call a medieval procedure of shackling inmates as they give birth. The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a unanimous vote, endorsed the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, which would make Pennsylvania the seventh state to outlaw the practice. More

World Cup 2010: Four countries go private to protect teams in South Africa
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Despite assurances by World Cup 2010 organizers over the safety of players and officials, several countries are already making their own arrangements. Australia, Germany, Italy and New Zealand are planning either to engage a local security firm or to take their own protection to South Africa. Greece admits that it is considering it as "an option." More

UMC admits to prolonged patient privacy leak
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University Medical Center officials in Las Vegas said that personal information of traffic accident victims was likely leaked from its trauma center for more than three months, and stopped only after the Las Vegas Sun told the hospital about the breach. The hospital's statement was the first acknowledgment that the leak of patient data was more widespread than it had previously said, and closer in time to what the Sun had reported. More

Sheriff plans to set up own SWAT team
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The Harris County Sheriff's Office in Texas is starting an elite "high–risk" squad with the aim of developing it into a full–fledged SWAT team. The high–risk unit's first hires will come from the existing ranks as the deputies' union is sending out a newsletter criticizing the sheriff for what it calls "reduced boots on the ground." More

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U.S. High Court rules against New York City on Internet tobacco suit
Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York City could not use federal racketeering laws to sue out–of–state Internet tobacco retailers that don't file reports on city residents who buy cigarettes online. The city wants the reports so it can collect cigarette taxes directly from residents who purchased tobacco products online. The retailers are not required to collect the taxes. More

Ice storm 2009 — A year later, Kentucky town seen as better prepared
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In the minds of those on the front lines of last year's ice storm, two words stand out when looking back on the disaster: Community and communications. The first is what the leaders of Murray, Ky., are proud of during the ice storm and days following, the latter is what challenged them the most. More

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Safety concerns now cast doubt on Nairobi Internet conference
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Unease following the arrest of radical Islamic preacher Abdullah al–Faisal threatens to jeopardize Kenya's chances of hosting a key global meeting to discuss the future of the Internet. Organizers of the March conference, initially planned for the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, are currently evaluating their options following recommendations made by consultants sent to the country last week to assess the suitability of the city to hold the meeting. More

City in Connecticut investigates chemical containers found near school, retirement home
The Stamford Advocate via WaterWorld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stamford, Conn., officials are investigating the discovery of potentially hazardous materials on the property of Scofield Magnet Middle School and the nearby Scofield Manor retirement facility. Turn of River firefighters and a state Department of Environmental Protection official responded to the locations after a North Stamford resident reported finding a rusted 55–gallon barrel north of Scofield Magnet Middle School. Later that day, area residents led officials to nearby Scofield Manor, where they found a five–pound bag of a banned pesticide and other chemical containers, according to witnesses. More
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