Tag Archives: Public Safety

Security challenge of public buildings

On May 31 a public employee in Virginia Beach, Virginia, entered a municipal building using his city-issued security card. About 45 minutes later 12 people were dead. The city employee, who had emailed in his resignation that morning, killed 10 city workers and a contractor before he was killed in a firefight with police. Source: […]
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Pacific Power considers shutting off power to avoid Oregon wildfires

One of Oregon’s largest power companies will consider shutting down electricity during extreme weather events to avoid catastrophic wildfire, officials said Thursday. Pacific Power, which serves 587,000 Oregon customers statewide, said in a press release that it would only shut down power “as a last resort.” Source: Pacific Power considers shutting off power to avoid […]
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Mother relives horrors of her daughter’s death after deadly suspected DUII crash

Lorelei Weber’s daughter Kayla was killed by a drunken driver and she says the triple-fatal crash in Salem, also involving a suspected drunken driver, is a sign Oregon needs tougher penalties for drunken driving. “Oregon is falling behind because they’re one of 12 states that doesn’t allow for law enforcement to perform sobriety checkpoints. And […]
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Seat belts in cars’ back seats are behind on safety

For decades it was a given that the back seat of a car is the safest place in a crash. But that’s no longer certain, as advances in seat belt technology up front have been slow to jump to the back seat. Safety researchers now have new recommendations about what to buy and where to […]
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Every Day, Portland’s Growing Fleet of Tour Buses Flouts Safety Rules

The death of a child drew scrutiny of the company operating the party bus without the required city permit. Nearly seven years later, little has changed. When visitors climb aboard Portland tourist vehicles, there’s a pretty good chance nobody’s watching, despite Angie Hernandez’s death. Hernandez was 11 years old on Sept. 29, 2012, when she […]
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We love to hate the government. Then along came measles.

The environmental and public health crises that remain suggest our government has done too little to protect its citizens, rather than too much. Americans love, love, love to hate on government, for all its foibles and failures. But we conveniently forget that good government has also solved, curtailed or prevented a lot of problems over […]
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Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup

John Draper and I are sitting in the cab of a tractor on the research farm he manages for the University of Maryland, alongside the Chesapeake Bay. Behind us, there’s a sprayer. “So, away we go!” Draper says. He pushes a button, and we start to move. A fine mist emerges from nozzles on the arms […]
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US withdraws train crew proposal that came after explosions | KATU

The Trump administration said Thursday it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety measure drafted under President Barack Obama in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U.S. and Canada. A review of accident data did not support the notion that having one […]
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Editorial: Lawmakers set to put teeth in food inspections;

Oregon consumers expect the food they eat to be safe, and the 2019 Legislature is poised to make that more likely. State senators approved House Bill 2060 May 16 and sent it back to the House to gain approval for a Senate amendment to the bill. Gov. Kate Brown is likely to sign it. The […]
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Bend backs state law to allow lower residential speed limits

An amendment would expand the number of streets were traffic could be slowed. The city of Bend is backing legislation that would allow it to lower speed limits in some residential areas below what is currently allowed by state law. Senate Bill 558 is before the Senate for approval. It advanced Monday from the Joint […]
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