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A warm welcome to the newest members of PRIMA!
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Welcome these new members: Washington D.C. Government, Dunn County (Wisc.), County Employee Benefits Consortium (Ohio), Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (Wash.), Nez Perce County (Idaho), Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Calif.), Outagamie County (Wisc.), University of Southern Maine (Maine), University of Louisiana, Appalachian State University (N.C.), California State University, University of Phoenix (Ariz.), University of St. Thomas (Minn.), University of Piraeus (Greece), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Howard University (D.C.), Eastern Kentucky University, Port of Houston Authority (Texas), Texas Department of Public Safety, County of Charleston (S.C.) and City of Haure de Grace (Md.).

Beyond Moscow subway bombings, Russia-U.S. intelligence bond limited
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The FBI office in Moscow has a "great relationship" with its Russian counterpart and is likely querying U.S. intelligence databases for information that could help solve the massive train bombing there, according to a knowledgeable source. But as time has passed after the Sept. 11, attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the CIA in particular has learned that the Russians aren't interested in talking about problems closer to American interests, to wit, terrorists operating from former Soviet republics bordering on Afghanistan. More

Pittsburgh reports pension liability at $989 million
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Pittsburgh's pension debt hovered just below $1 billion at the start of 2009, but has likely exceeded that symbolic threshold in the past year. In a report due to the Pennsylvania Public Employee Retirement Commission, Finance Director Scott Kunka said the city's actuary, downtown-based Mockenhaupt Associates, pegged the total liability at $989.5 million as of Jan. 1, 2009. More

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Proposed U.S. budget would eliminate Coast Guard team for New Jersey ports
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A New Jersey senator vowed to fight proposed federal budget cuts that would eliminate a Coast Guard security team at the state's major seaport. In a letter to fellow members of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Democrat Frank Lautenberg criticized proposed cuts to the Coast Guard's operational budget that would eliminate a marine security team that has patrolled the port area near Newark Liberty International Airport since after Sept. 11, 2001. More

Arizona rancher's killing sparks calls to beef up border security
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is under pressure to beef up border security in the Southwest in the wake of the killing of a rancher in southeastern Arizona. Three members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have asked for an increase in the Border Patrol's presence in the Boot Heel of New Mexico, about 10 miles from where the rancher was shot to death. U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Rep. Harry Teague, say Napolitano's agency needs to take more security steps. More

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Air quality in Hong Kong seen as possible liability
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When a top businessman in the Asian financial hub, that is Hong Kong, criticizes the government for being "too timid" about tackling pollution, you know that the air really is bad. "I ran a half-marathon recently, and I was coughing," William Fung, managing director of the giant trading company Li & Fung, remarked at its earnings press conference. More

Library receives threats over movie event
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The Kittanning Library in Kittanningm, Penn., is heightening security following threatening phone calls made to them because of tomorrow night's showing of a film about homosexual people in rural America. Library Director Amanda Gearhart said that an anonymous phone call came in recently shortly before closing. "Someone called and said 'I hope your health insurance is paid up for Thursday' and they hung up the phone," she explained on the Talk of the Town cable show. More

Transit agency in Sacramento, Calif., considers cuts in its security force
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Board members postponed making a decision when transit agency staff presented them with deep bus and rail service reductions. Instead, several board members asked staff to bring them a broader range of money-saving measures this week, including plans for how the agency might cut its police force and security guard service, as well as recommendations for deeper staffing cuts. More

China's police step up security for Shanghai Expo
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A month away from the opening of the Shanghai World Expo, security has been beefed up nationwide in China. Police have launched a nationwide campaign to control dangerous substances such as explosives, firearms and ammunition, toxic chemicals, and radioactive substances, said Public Security Ministry spokesman Yan Zhengbin at a news conference recently. More

Mayor scolds police chief over raises
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Each January the City of Harahan, La., tries to give its employees three to five percent cost of living raises. Because of a budget shortfall, the mayor and council decided there would be no raises for any city employees, although police Chief Peter Dale gave some anyway. More

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