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Connecticut school shootings send ripple effects to districts nationwide
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three days after the deadliest K-12 school shooting in American history, state and district education leaders across the country are reviewing security measures, increasing police presence and grappling with how to answer students' questions about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Newtown, Conn., district. More

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For sale: US highways and bridges
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The nation's roads are up for sale. But who should have control over them? State and local governments are in desperate need of cash for all manner of road, building and bridge repair, and are increasingly turning to private money for funding. More

Oregon's success in treating addicts is a lesson for Kentucky
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The guiding principle behind addiction treatment in Oregon is simple: Pay for it now, make it easy to get and you'll save money and lives down the road. Research from across the nation shows that treatment reduces crime and medical expenses while boosting employment, meaning every dollar spent on treatment actually saves an average of $7. More

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Civil litigation could arise from Newtown, Conn., tragedy
PropertyCasualty360    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The horrific tragedy that claimed 26 lives in Newtown, Conn., is incomprehensible for the millions of us who watched the events unfold recently. What has yet to unfold, however, is the inevitable onslaught of civil lawsuits against various people and organizations that some may potentially deem culpable for the shooting spree that began at the Lanza residence and ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School. More

Cook County, Ill., treasurer warns US homeowners and retirees of local debt hazards
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While much public attention is directed to national, state and large-city debt issues, Treasurer Maria Pappas warns homeowners and taxpayers to pay careful attention to mounting local public debt in their communities. She is in a solid position to know, having conducted studies of alarming debt conditions across her county's approximately 2,200 taxing districts. More

Long after court decision, Santa Clara, Calif., keeps fighting to hold onto redevelopment money
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Nearly a year after the state Supreme Court upheld a law abolishing redevelopment agencies, California cities are still adjusting to the evaporation of a revenue stream that had flowed steadily for decades. Many have begun to slash budgets in frustrated resignation, but a few, like Santa Clara, intend to keep on fighting. More

Nondiscrimination ordinance passes unanimously in Helena, Mont.
Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a unanimous vote recently, the Helena City Commission passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and many kinds of public accommodation based on sexual orientation. Hundreds of people turning out to support or oppose the measure, with the commission opening two additional rooms in the City-County Building to provide audio and video of the meeting. More

Columbus, Ind., police, fire to charge for false alarms
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Starting Jan. 1, the Columbus Fire Department and Columbus Police Department in Indiana will begin enforcement of the city's municipal code regarding business and residential alarms. The local ordinance allows for a service charge to be assessed for excessive false alarms. More

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