Infrastructure Daily News

Transportation Sector

. January 4, Associated Press – (Maryland; Delaware) About 12 people hurt after tour bus, car collide near Md.-Del. line. About a dozen people were injured when a tour bus collided with a car near the Maryland-Delaware line January 3, authorities said. A Holloway Tours bus hit the back of a Honda Civic about 4 p.m. January 3 on Route 610 in Whaleyville, Maryland State Police said. The injured people were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Charges are pending, according to authorities. Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bal-md-tour-bus-car-accident- 0104,0,2698670.story

. January 4, Helena Independent Record – (Montana) Moving locomotive’s window shot out. Someone shot what is believed to be a shotgun round at the engineer’s window of a moving locomotive near National Avenue in Helena, Montana, January 2. About 10 p.m., police received a call reporting the blast, which shattered the window but did not injure anyone on the train, the Helena police chief said. A small red hatchback was seen by the engineer at the railroad crossing, a spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link said. Officials are reviewing video from the locomotive. The train was hauling grain. Source: http://helenair.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/moving-locomotive-swindow- shot-out/article_64c50a9c-36a7-11e1-b96b-0019bb2963f4.html

. January 4, Associated Press – (National) Obama signs pipeline safety, airport security laws. The U.S. President signed a bill to toughen oil and gas pipeline regulations and another to ease airport security procedures for members of the military on official travel. He signed the legislation January 3 as part of a post-holiday, back-tobusiness day that included approval of several other measures approved by Congress late in 2011. The pipeline law aims to close gaps in federal safety regulations made apparent by a fatal gas pipeline break near San Francisco in 2010. The airport security law will allow expedited screening for service members and accompanying family. Military travelers would have to be in uniform and would have to present their orders to benefit from the faster screening process. Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/politics&id=8489903

. January 3, MLive.com – (Michigan) Freight train derails but nothing spills when section of track breaks in Kalamazoo. A freight train derailed January 3 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when a section of track broke, but no rail cars overturned and nothing spilled, officials with Grand Elk Railroad (GER) said. The train, bound for Graphic Packaging, was about a mile south of its destination at Porter and Myrtle streets when a section of rail broke, said GER officials. A section of rail about 60 feet long broke, with one rail protruding upward and the other snapped and lying in snow. The train was carrying liquid clay to Graphic Packaging when it derailed. A GER official said the liquid clay is nonhazardous. Railroad officials said a “sidewinder” will be brought in to move at least four cars that derailed back onto the tracks, which will be repaired. Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/01/post_242.html

. January 3, WRAL 5 Raleigh – (New York; North Carolina) Suspicious passenger diverts New York-bound flight to RDU. An American Eagle flight bound for LaGuardia Airport in New York City was diverted to Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) in Wake County, North Carolina January 3 after a man failed to claim two cellphones left in the plane’s bathroom, said a RDU spokeswoman. When the pilot landed at RDU, he asked that the passenger be removed from the plane. The FBI and the Transportation Security Administration were called in to investigate. They were questioning the man January 3 before deciding whether charges would be filed, the spokewoman said. The plane, which took off from Nashville, Tennessee, continued on to LaGuardia without the suspicious passenger on board. Source: http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/10557890/ For more stories, see items 2, 3, and 4

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Emergency Services Sector

. January 3, Jackson Clarion-Ledger – (Mississippi) Lauderdale Co. shutting down detention center. Weeks after the U.S. Justice Department announced its investigation into Lauderdale County, Mississippi’s juvenile justice system, county officials are moving to shut down the youth detention facility a grand jury described as unfit to house dogs. The board of supervisors approved the move January 3 at the recommendation of the Lauderdale County sheriff, who took over the juvenile detention center in October at the request of youth court judges who had fielded complaints about conditions. The board created a committee to begin negotiations with Rankin County to house Lauderdale’s youthful offenders. Justice Department officials said their investigation of the Lauderdale center is the second one in the nation they have undertaken to ensure youths’ constitutional rights are not being violated. In addition to physical abuse, children had been denied rehabilitative and educational services, threatened with chemical restraints, and subjected to prolonged cell confinement, despite being confined for such offenses as talking back to their parents and shoplifting, the Southern Poverty Law Center previously wrote in a letter to supervisors. Source: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120104/NEWS/201040343/Lauderdale-Coshutting- down-detention-center?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120104/NEWS/201040343/Lauderdale-Coshutting- down-detention-center?odyssey=m-###

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