Public Safety

New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Legislation To Expand Amber Alert System

STATE News:

  • Bill Passes 64-0

SANTA FE – In a victory for New Mexico’s children, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that will require cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts to their customers. The bill, which passed 64-0, is sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes.

“When a child goes missing, we need to do everything we can to find them and bring them back home safely,” Maestas Barnes said. “The Amber Alert System saves lives – that is why it’s so critical that we expand the service to reach all New Mexicans who have a cell phone.”

The legislation will expand Amber


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Researchers: Smoke From Fires Can Intensify Tornadoes

A tornado in Shoal Creek Valley in Alabama during a historic severe weather outbreak April 27, 2011. A new study finds that a severe weather outbreak in 2011 was caused mainly by environmental conditions leading to a large potential for tornado formation and conducive to supercells, and that smoke particles intensified these conditions. Photo by Wjalex4/Wikimedia Commons
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Can smoke from fires intensify tornadoes? “Yes,” say researchers, who examined the effects of smoke –- resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires in Central America

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Los Alamos Firefighters Shine The Fleet

Los Alamos Firefighters at White Rock Fire Station 3 shine up the fleet Monday, washing away the slush that warmer weather created after the recent snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 


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HSNW: Smart Gun Technology Faces Many Hurdles

Courtesy/smallarmssurvey.org

HSNW News:

Homeland Security News Wire (HSNW) reports that at Wednesday’s Seattle International Smart Gun Symposium, lawmakers, smart-gun industry representatives and gun-safety advocates met to discuss the future of “authorized” guns, which only discharge in the hands of pre-authorized owners.

Absent from the meeting were gun-rights advocate, gun manufacturers, or organizations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), but attendees and the panelists did discuss the issue of how smart-gun technology may be viewed with the Second Amendment


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IRS Warns About Donating To Fake Charities

IRS News:

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors.

“When making a donation, taxpayers should take a few extra minutes to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate and currently eligible charities,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to check out the status of charitable organizations.”

Phony charity organizations are included the IRS “Dirty Dozen” list for the 2015 tax filing season. Compiled


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