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Posted: Aug 6, 2020

Georgia police, first responder protections bill gains Governor Brian Kemp's signature

Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Wednesday aimed at protecting police and other first responders from bias-motivated crimes in Georgia, capping a series of controversial moves by state Republican leaders that nearly derailed passage of a separate bill outlawing hate crimes. The bill Kemp signed into law sets out punishments for those who commit crimes against police officers, firefighters and medics because of their “actual or perceived employment as a first responder.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Progress
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Posted: Aug 6, 2020

4 firefighters overcome by fumes in New Jersey 'drug dungeon' fire

Four firefighters were overcome by fumes after stumbling onto a drug mill operating in the basement of a Paterson home. The firefighters were responding to a small fire in the basement of the Illinois Avenue home when they were overcome just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday. They evacuated the structure and collapsed on the driveway.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
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Posted: Aug 6, 2020

Beirut Explosion Stirs Memories of 1947 Texas City Disaster

PHOTOS: On Tuesday, Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut was rocked by a massive explosion at the city’s port. Thousands were injured and at least 100 people are known to have died so far. While citizens and government officials there are still evaluating the extent of the damage, others are pointing out similarities between this disaster and one that happened in a small Texas town in the 1940s.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
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Posted: Aug 6, 2020

New alliance calls for allocation of public-safety 4.9 GHz spectrum to FirstNet Authority

Public safety should retain control of its 50 MHz of 4.9 GHz spectrum—airwaves that the FCC is considering for at least some commercial use—through an allocation to the FirstNet Authority, according to the newly formed Public Safety Spectrum Alliance (PSSA). “We’re concerned that public safety is going to lose spectrum that we might need,” Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and former vice chairman of the FirstNet Authority, said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IWCE's Urgent Communications
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Posted: Aug 6, 2020

Tracking cell phone movement is helping researchers predict COVID cases, hospitalizations

Using anonymous cell phone data, University of South Florida researchers are pinpointing how and where people in the Bay area move to try to predict how the coronavirus will spread and impact our hospitals. The data is collected by a third-party vendor from devices on which users have enabled location services.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 Tampa
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