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NewsWatch: NYPD Can Shoot Down Airliner?

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September 28, 2011 By

NYPD Can Shoot Down Airliner?

New York police chief Ray Kelly raised eyebrows on the CBS show "60 Minutes" Sunday when he said his police department has the means to knock an airplane out of the sky. Christian Science Monitor

City Gets $4,000 From Saggy Pants Fines

The first saggy-pants ordinance violator less than nine months ago started a cash flow to Albany, Ga. City Attorney Nathan Davis stated, "The Municipal Court advises that 187 citations have been issued and fines collected of $3,916.49," since the ordinance went into effect Nov. 23. Albany Herald

Michigan May Remove Medical Marijunana from Insurance Claims

Health insurance was never meant to cover the cost of medical marijuana and soon, car insurance won’t be able to be used either to ease the pain of car wreck-related injuries. The state Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously today to prohibit auto insurance companies from paying claims for medical marijuana. Detroit Free Press

How People Learn About their Local Community

Newspapers (both the print and online versions, though primarily print) rank first or tie for first as the source people rely on most for 11 of the 16 different kinds of local information asked about -- more topics than any other media source. But most of these topics -- many of which relate to civic affairs such as government taxes, etc. -- are ones followed by fewer Americans on a regular basis. Pew

311 Systems Helped Communities Prepare for Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene moved up the east coast, 311 customer service technologies and social media helped citizens stay in contact with their city governments for important messages about storm preparation. ICMA

Five Cities, Five Different Congestion Solutions

Beijing is responding to growing congestion and ongoing smog by setting a new target: for 23 percent of commuters to pedal to work by 2015. This Big City

Teachers Allowed to Leave School Grounds During Lunch

City teachers have won back the ability to leave school grounds on their lunch break, but Mayor Ted Gatsas wants the practice to end. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Brennan earlier this month told staff since they were being paid for the lunch time, they should be in school. New Hampshire Union Leader

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Quarterly Program Status Report

Infrastructure projects include seven grants totaling approximately $382 million for projects to deploy public safety wireless broadband networks. NTIA

Rocky Mount, N.C. Installs Gunfire Spotting System

The Rocky Mount Police Department (RMPD) has implemented the ShotSpotter Gunfire Alert & Analysis Solution for real-time and immediate gunshot location data, which enables accurate decisions for emergency response, helps improve situational intelligence and elevates first responder safety.  City of Rocky Mount

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