NEWS: March 6, 2012|
Emergency Management | The Nation
FEMA: Disaster-Relief Fund in Good Shape
The rash of devastating tornadoes across the Midwest and South will not deplete the federal disaster-relief that was replenished by Congress last year, Federal Emergency Management Administration officials said. The fund now has about $3.7 billion, after nearly being emptied last year with some $13 billion in spending.
In Reversal, Ohio Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Help
Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked for federal help for tornado-stricken communities, two days after he said he would not seek immediate federal aid because he was confident Ohio could handle the crisis.
Public Workforce | The Nation
Postal Service May Cut 2,000 Managers
As many as 2,000 U.S. Postal Service employees could face a reduction-in-force under the mail carrier's plans to close more than 220 mail-processing plants, a spokesman said. Most of those affected would be white-collar executives, supervisors and administrators who are not represented by unions.
Navy, Marines to Mandate Breathalyzer Tests
The Navy intends to begin this year requiring every sailor reporting for duty on board a ship each day to undergo a Breathalyzer test, part of a wider effort to curb alcohol abuse in the service. The Marine Corps will begin introducing the tests to selected units beginning in April.
Federal News Radio
Public Officials | Philadelphia
Award Lauds City's Sanitation Innovator
As the man in charge of the city's sanitation, Carlton Williams has a thankless job. But Williams, the innovator behind the city's Recyclebank rewards program and BigBelly trash cans, got a surprise Monday when Mayor Michael Nutter presented him with the city's first-ever Richardson Dilworth Award, named for a pioneering good-government mayor.
Human Services | Idaho
Panel: Reform State's Child-Safety Systems
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare must emphasize child safety, improve communication between state workers and contract social workers, and improve its reporting procedures, according to a panel that examined how the department handled the case of an 8-year-old boy who was murdered in 2009.
Wyoming Lawmakers Reject Welfare Drug Testing
The Wyoming Senate killed a bill that would have required drug testing for participants in a state welfare program after a number of senators questioned its constitutionality and whether the problem was great enough to warrant such testing.
Public Safety | Chicago
White House Yanks G-8 Summit from City
In a surprise turnaround, the White House announced that Chicago won't be hosting the controversial G-8 meeting and that the May summit will be held at Camp David instead. City officials insisted that Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not ask the White House to take summit off Chicago's hands due to anticipated protests and security costs.
Nassau County to Realign Precinct Houses, Shed 100 Cops
Nassau County, N.Y., leaders, saying the move should save $20 million annually, voted to turn half of the county's precinct houses into community policing centers, reducing the police payroll by 100.
AP/New York Times
California City Disbands Its Fire Department
Santa Ana, Calif., officials gathered for a ceremony to mark the city council's decision to disband its fire department and have the Orange County Fire Authority handle fires and medical calls.
Los Angeles Times
Technology | The Nation
More Federal Websites Moving
to Open-Source Content System
At least 150 federal websites now are operating on the Drupal open-source content-management system, and more are preparing to migrate. Federal agencies began adopting Drupal three years ago as a more flexible, open and engaging platform.
Government Computer News
Officials: IT Consolidation Has Saved Oklahoma $40 Million
Two years into a plan approved by Oklahoma lawmakers to consolidating the technology departments in 129 agencies, officials say the state already has realized $40 million in savings and cut about 128 information-technology positions through attrition.
Education | The Nation
Black Students Face Harsher Discipline, Data Shows
Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Black students made up 18 percent of those enrolled in the 72,000 schools sampled but they accounted for 39 percent of all expulsions, according to the 2009-10 statistics.
New York Times
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“I really have heartburn over this.”
Ada County, Idaho, Sheriff Gary Raney, who nearly a decade ago began posting a daily arrest list and booking photos on the Internet, aiming to provide both a public service and a deterrent to drunk driving and other offenses, but who now is considering taking the site down due to the activities of businesses such as Mugshots.com and ArrestCentral.com that "scrape" the information off of the sheriff's site, post the photos on their sites and then link to other Web businesses that charge for having the information removed
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More than $2,000
Amount paid by the Baltimore fire department in fiscal year 2011 for Gatorade to keep the city's firefighters hydrated, according to one of more than 700 city contracts, going back to July 2010, recently made public on Open Baltimore, the city's online information portal
Baltimore Sun | More data
Church and State | Jim Burkee
of Religious Ideas
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum revived the debate about separating church and state when he said a 1960 campaign-trail speech by John F. Kennedy, in which the future president expressed his belief in separation of church and state, "makes me throw up." Santorum's misreading of Kennedy's statement exposes a deeper misunderstanding by social conservatives of the exceptionalism of American church-state relations. The same creative destruction that shapes corporate America also guides American Christianity: Those most responsive to the changing needs of Americans survive and grow, while those that fail to adapt quickly fade. Christianity does well when the state stays out of its business and allows this marketplace of ideas to thrive.
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