Campaign aims to teach hotel staff how to identify sex-trafficking victims

Washington County and area law enforcement are looking for a new ally in their efforts to help identify and respond to victims of sex-trafficking.

The “Speak Up” campaign, announced by Washington County and other local law enforcement officials Thursday morning, aims to train workers at local hotels and motels in sex-trafficking identification and response.

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Editorial: State tackling opioid crisis on many fronts


A statewide coalition is demonstrating impressive collaboration in tackling the opioid issue in Nebraska.

These medical professionals, treatment providers, government agencies and law enforcement personnel have taken a series of sensible actions to better equip Nebraska to deal with what has become a major public health crisis in much of the country.

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Axon Plans ‘Public Evidence Project’ for Citizen Video

Axon, the largest vendor of police-worn body cameras, is moving into the business of capturing video taken by the public, The Intercept reports ( .
In a survey to law enforcement officials, the company formerly known as Taser International solicited naming ideas for its “Public Evidence Product.” The product will allow citizens to submit photos or video evidence of “a crime, suspicious activity, or event” to, the company’s cloud-based storage platform, to help agencies “in solving a crime or gathering a fuller point of view from the public.”

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The Intake Prosecutor: Prosecutorial Screening Before The Police Make Warrantless Arrests

Each year, police arrest more than eleven million individuals. Yet, prosecutors ultimately dismiss about twenty-five percent of criminal charges with no conviction being entered.

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States Restrict Info from Public Information Requests

In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government.” Then they approved new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know.

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Police: New Apple technology will delay justice in DC area

Apple’s new security features will make it harder for local police to retrieve digital evidence they need to solve crimes.
While great for consumers, without the ability to bypass enhanced security such as facial recognition, investigators said it will delay justice.

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Cities Enact Penalties for Violence In Front of Children

Burleson, Tx., is among cities pioneering a way to protect children. A new city ordinance makes it unlawful to physically attack anyone in front of a child, meaning abusers can be punished for a child’s anguish as well as for injuries.

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Editorial: Midlands take steps to combat opioid epidemic

OWH 10/1/17

The personal misery, loss of life and community harm stemming from the opioid (prescription painkiller) crisis continue to mount. Although the Midlands commendably have taken important proactive steps, our area has not been spared from harm.

The need is great, here and nationally, to tackle this troubling public health challenge.

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HDR will study whether MUD headquarters is a good fit for Douglas County juvenile justice center

OWH 10/4/17

Douglas County and the Metropolitan Utilities District are hiring an architect to help them decide whether they should move in together downtown.

The Douglas County Board voted Tuesday to approve an agreement with MUD and HDR Architecture Inc. The two public entities will pay the firm $30,000 to study MUD’s headquarters buildings and the square city block it occupies, and draw up a conceptual site plan for putting a new county juvenile justice center there along with MUD offices.

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Social Media and Lawmakers: What is Public Record and What Isn’t?

Are social media posts public records? That was the question in a recent legal case that could have far reaching consequences for public records in Virginia.

Is that the sound of democracy in the 21st Century? Loudoun software engineer Brian Davison thinks so, and he’s led a number of lawsuits to get at social media records of elected officials.

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