Don't miss next week's webinar on wrongful conviction!
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, attorneys from Wiley Rein LLP will discuss wrongful conviction/wrongful incarceration lawsuits, a variety of issues associated with these cases and explain how they can lead to very large jury verdicts or significant settlements. The webinar will include details on what a public entity can expect if they become involved in a civil defense associated with a high profile wrongful conviction case. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the significant resources, awards and costs associated with these cases and how your entity can be impacted. Bring your questions with you! Register today at www.primacentral.org.
The PRIMA 2010 Webinar Series is sponsored by Genesis.
Australia to go to World Cup amid family fears
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Hockey Australia said there was no change in their plans to play in this month's Hockey World Cup, despite calls from team family members to boycott the event over terrorism fears. The organization said it had been advised by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that there has been no change to the threat environment in India. More
Do security officials overlook trains?
Security is a big concern for most travelers. But are security officials overlooking one mode of transportation? Most of us are used to enhanced security screening before getting on a plane. But what about trains? A lot of people travel via the rail. They travel with baggage? Are they getting screened? More
Small reactors generate big hopes
The Wall Street Journal Share
A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation's resurgent nuclear power industry. Indeed, the smaller reactors still could incite major opposition. They face the same unresolved issues of where to put the waste and public fear of contamination, in the event of an accident. They could also raise alarms about creating possible terrorism targets in populated areas. More
Pot shops' neighbors express safety, lifestyle concerns in Fort Collins, Colo.
Fort Collins Coloradoan Share
The growth of the medical marijuana industry in Fort Collins, Colo., has some residents worried about what that means for their neighborhoods. Much of the marijuana that is supplying local dispensaries is being produced locally by indoor "grows," including homes in residential areas, officials say. Of the 98 businesses with city sales tax licenses that identify themselves as being the medical marijuana trade, 40 are in residential zones. More
Homeland Security targets "criminal aliens"
A little-known program run by the Department of Homeland Security is using inaccurate databases and functioning "as little more than a dragnet to funnel even more people into the already overburdened" detention and deportation system of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to three civil rights organizations that have filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act. ICE claims that the program, called "Secure Communities," targets "dangerous criminal aliens." More
'Crash tax' gaining ground in California
Capitol Weekly Share
A recession-spawned move to bill out-of-area drivers for the locals' costs of cleaning up traffic crashes, once limited to a handful of municipalities in California, is gaining ground across the state. But dozens of local municipalities and fire protection districts are levying the "crash tax," which typically ranges between $500 and $2,000, to replenish local coffers. More
Texas fire marshals get helpful information at 2010 Homeland Security Conference in San Antonio
San Antonio Headlines Examiner Share
Over 5,000 attendees at the 2010 Texas Homeland Security Conference in San Antonio are returning to their jobs with improved preparations for various security and emergency issues. Representatives of law enforcement, border security, transportation, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, Texas Military Forces and other organizations wrapped up a conference at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center Feb. 15-18. More
Columbus officers get training to handle active shooters
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Share
Columbus State University Police Chief Rus Drew does not sugarcoat the words when he sums up training that CSU faculty and staff are receiving to deal with the threat of an active shooter. "Don't just stand there and be picked off," Drew said. His words come on the heels of a faculty shooting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Professor Amy Bishop is facing capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of three faculty members. Three others were wounded, two critically, in a shooting during a staff meeting. More