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NewsWatch: Public Safety -- Prescription Law Cracks Meth Labs

Meth lab bust by Yell County, Ark. Sheriff's Dept.
Meth Labs, like this one busted by the Yell County, Ark, Sheriff's Dept., depend in part on chemicals found in over-the-counter medications.

April 4, 2011 By

Oregon's Prescription Law Cracks Meth Labs

Since 2006, Oregon has required a prescription for drugs that contain pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed. Since the law took effect, meth lab incidents have dropped by 96 percent and meth-related arrests by 32 percent. Oregonian

Arizona Law Denies Bail to Jailed Migrants, Upheld by Court

A federal judge this week upheld a voter-approved Arizona law that denies bail for inmates suspected of being in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton issued a ruling Tuesday denying a lawsuit brought by a group of defendants who claimed the law violated suspects' rights to due process and denied them constitutional protections that provide counsel and prevent excessive bail. Arizona Republic

County Criticizes Verizon for Lack of Notification of 911 Outages

Verizon may have violated Maryland state law when it did not notify emergency call centers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that it experienced network failures several times over the past year, outages that prevented thousands of 911 calls from going through, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission. Washington Post

Benefits and Risks of Police Ride-Alongs

Patty Bird, 52, accompanied her daughter-in-law, Glendale police Sgt. April Arredondo, on the graveyard shift March 25. She looked on as Arredondo fatally shot a man who got off his motorcycle and fired a weapon at the women, according to police. He was suspected of shooting a man outside a Glendale bar minutes earlier. Arizona Republic

Deputies and Police Officers Patrol Arizona Drug Corridor

A group of specially trained deputies and police officers confront smugglers nightly in the same cat-and-mouse game the two sides have played for decades, officials say. But as traffickers have become more sophisticated, police have been forced to expend more resources and create new partnerships in an attempt to keep up. Arizona Republic

City Agrees to Outsource Police, Recreation

Half Moon Bay, Calif., leaders unanimously agreed on Saturday afternoon to dissolve the local recreation and police departments and begin negotiations for outside agencies to take over those services. Over the course of an emotional four-hour meeting with a packed audience, elected leaders made the case that sacrificing city-run services was the only option left after years of budget cutbacks. Half Moon Bay Review

Feds About to Launch Pipeline Safety Initiative

The secretary of transportation plans to introduce a safety campaign aimed at coordinating federal, state and local oversight and making more information available to the public about potential hazards under foot. New York Times

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