May 17, 2010 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
Photo: Phoenix, Ariz., will keep its traffic cameras despite opposition.
High Speed Rail Approved Between Tampa and Orlando
According to Channel 13 News Florida got the OK to start building high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa. The Federal Railroad Administration gave the state approval to begin designing, obtaining land and building what is expected to be the first major high-speed rail line in the country.
L.A. Police Panel Fails to Disclose Findings on Internet
The Los Angeles Times said that the Los Angeles Police Commission has failed to publicly disclose its findings on at least 240 police shootings and other violent encounters with suspects, despite a promise four years ago to be more transparent and post its decisions on the Internet.
Hope to Identify Skeletons by Facial Reconstruction
The Montgomery, Ala, Advertiser said the skeletal remains of two men that were found during the week of Thanksgiving have been reconstructed, and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is hoping that will provide a break in the cases.
Phoenix to Keep Traffic Cameras
As reported by the Arizona Republic: Phoenix police said they continue to see the safety benefits of photo radar and red-light cameras. Phoenix rotates two photo radar vans primarily around 350 school zones where speeding is a concern. Cameras capture digital photos and video of red-light scofflaws at 10 intersections.
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