Shutdown threatening highway projects in many states | Many cities see bodycams as investments to forestall false charges | Wildfire mitigation a priority in Calif. governor's budget proposal
January 15, 2019
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Shutdown threatening highway projects in many states
The partial federal government shutdown is putting state highway projects in jeopardy across the country because of uncertainty over when federal funding will be available. States that rely more heavily on federal funding are more likely to be affected, officials say.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/8) 
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Many cities see bodycams as investments to forestall false charges
Body camera technology has improved since police departments started using them, providing higher-resolution images and additional resources to investigative agencies. City leaders often see the devices as investments that ward off false charges of police wrongdoing.
The Gadsden Times (Ala.) (1/5) 
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Wildfire mitigation a priority in Calif. governor's budget proposal
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal would give forest-management efforts about half of the $400 million allocated for enhancing wildfire-fighting capabilities and mitigating fuels that pose fire risk. Newsom's proposal accounts for an expected $1 billion that the state could have to pay because of last year's wildfires.
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)/The Associated Press (1/10) 
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Employee Benefits
Ky. bill would add PTSD under first responder workers' comp coverage
Legislation introduced in Kentucky would allow first responders to seek workers' compensation coverage if they develop post-traumatic stress disorder. State Rep. McKenzie Cantrell said she thinks the bill will receive bipartisan support.
WHAS-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (1/9) 
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Pay raises improve teacher retention in N.C. district
Leaders in one North Carolina school district say they've seen improved teacher retention after implementing a pay raise. The district had seen a spike two years ago in teachers leaving the area to take higher-paying jobs in nearby counties.
The Enterprise Mountaineer (Waynesville, N.C.) (1/10) 
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Higher Education
Ed. Dept. proposes higher-ed rules to ease financial-aid restrictions
New proposed regulations from the US Education Department would ease restrictions on accreditors and make it easier for them to offer federal financial aid to students. The proposals, to be the subject of negotiated rulemaking later this month, also would give colleges more leeway in defining credit hours and reduce limitations on religious-based institutions.
Inside Higher Ed (1/7),  Bloomberg Government (free content) (1/6) 
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Report: Education sector lags in IT security
The education sector, both higher education and K-12, is particularly vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks as efforts to secure its networks lag behind those of other industries, a report from security company SecurityScorecard finds. Company Co-founder Sam Kassoumeh says systemic underfunding of IT departments has contributed to the problem.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/8) 
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Leadership & Management
Leaders need to get back to the basics
Leaders must balance their priorities, such as having a vision that extends years out but inspires action today and setting strategies that stretch people's capabilities without being unrealistic, say Ron Ashkenas and Brook Manville. "The main reason why the focus on results is so difficult is that many leaders avoid truly challenging their people to step up their performance," says Ashkenas.
Skip Prichard Leadership Insights (1/7) 
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News From Aon
Report: "2019 Global Medical Trend Rates"
Aon is pleased to present the results of its 2019 survey of average medical trend rates from countries around the world. The survey was conducted among Aon offices in 103 countries that broker, administer or otherwise advise on employer-sponsored medical plans in each of the countries covered in this report. The survey responses reflect the medical trend expectations of the Aon professionals, clients and carriers represented in the portfolio of Aon medical plan business in each country. Download report.
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Clear for Takeoff? Protecting Key Infrastructure From Flood Risk
Major storms, including accompanying winds and floods, threaten lives, destroy property and damage critical infrastructure. Power outages, broken communication lines and disruption to road, rail, sea and air transport are common in the aftermath of major storms, affecting both business and everyday life. Airports are a critical part of our modern infrastructure, essential to linking people and businesses around the world. Building long-term defenses against perils such as storm surges and flooding is becoming essential to future resilience. Is our infrastructure ready for extreme weather? Read more.
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