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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon yesterday approved the use of $1.5 million in state tourism funding to save the Tour of Missouri cross-state stage race for 2009.The race has been on the verge of being cancelled and going away (likely forever) due to lack of funds. Ã‚Â The stipulation for use of the money is that the race organizers must provide open book accounting to the tourism officials after the race so they can share how the money was used with the tax paying public…which is probably the way it should be for taxpayer funded initiatives, anyway (IMO).The 2009 Tour of Missouri is scheduled for September 7 – 13 with circuit races in St. Louis and Kansas City, and an individual time trial in Sedalia. Ã‚Â The other four stages are point to point routes. Ã‚Â They expect about 15 pro teams, including Astana, to participate.
Vermont Business Magazine A new study(link is external) ranks Vermont No. 19 for retail gun sales per person in America in 2018. There were 79.4 sales per 100,000 people last year, marking a 59.2 percent increase since 2009. Vermont also had a relatively high rate of gun-related suicide, ranking 16th overall.Despite being in-between mass shootings, guns remain among the most divisive issues in American culture and much of it is geographical.To understand the divide, Security.org(link is external) on Monday released a study titled Gun Country: Where In The U.S. Are Guns Most Popular(link is external) based on the most recent background check data released by the FBI through 2018.Below are key national findings: 10 States with Highest Gun Sales Per Person: Montana (141.9 per 100,000 people), Alaska (140.1), South Dakota (121.9), West Virginia (129.9), Wyoming (113.7), Oregon (103), New Hampshire (100.1), North Dakota (99.2), Oklahoma (97.4) and Tennessee (95.4).10 States with Lowest Gun Sales Per Person: D.C. (5.8 per 100,000 people), New Jersey (13.5), Massachusetts (16.6), New York (18.8), Nebraska (21.6), North Carolina (22.2), Iowa (22.3), Rhode Island (25.5), California (26) and Maryland (26.4).Gun Sales by Region: West (84.4 per 100,000 people), Mid-West (62.8), South (60.1), North East (51.3)Estimated Gun Sales Per 1,000 Adults, 2018Fewer than 1 in 3 Americans report personally owning(link is external) a gun. Those numbers plummet when you look at people other than white men — 17% of women say they own a gun, and 15% of Hispanics report being gun owners.Despite gun ownership being a relatively obscure hobby (video games, movies, books, sports and online shopping are all much more popular(link is external)), guns remain so divisive politically that no meaningful federal gun control legislation has been enacted in the past 25 years. Meanwhile, thousands of people have died in mass shootings and thousands of others have been killed by the quotidian gun violence and gun suicides that besiege America.Bridging the political divides over guns and gun control could be helped by a deeper understanding of the geographic differences in gun sales, gun crimes and gun deaths. Security.org wanted to look at where in the United States all three of these things were most common and see what connections and correlations can be drawn between those states.Retail Gun SalesHow many guns are sold in the United States each year? Seems like a pretty straightforward question, but the truth is that nobody really knows for sure. That’s because a patchwork of state and federal laws makes it so that some but not all gun purchases are done through licensed retailers who are required to run background checks on customers, but these dealers don’t report if those customers ended up purchasing a gun and, if so, how many and what kind.There’s also the matter of gun purchases made from sources other than licensed retailers; it’s estimated that about 13% of those who have bought a gun did so through friends or online.Researchers of gun ownership have created a formula for estimating gun purchases in a given year using background check data reported by the FBI(link is external). For the purposes of this study, Security.org used that formula(link is external), and you can read the full details in our methodology section at the bottom of this page, but it’s important to note that Security.org analysis excludes Hawaii because the state’s data is limited.According to Security.org analysis, about 12.6 million guns were purchased through federally licensed gun dealers in 2018. That represents a decline from 2017, and if trends hold through the remainder of 2019, sales will decline even further this year.Security.org analysis found that no state broke the 1 million-gun mark in 2018, but one state — Texas — got very close. California, the largest state, ranks No. 3 by sheer volume, and a major drop-off is seen between fourth-place Pennsylvania and No. 5 Ohio. The District of Columbia, with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, had far and away the lowest number of gun sales, while Texas and Florida combined to account for nearly 15% of all retail gun purchases.Of course, sheer volume tells only one part of the story. After all, Texas, Florida and California are three of the largest states in the U.S. Understanding how common gun purchases are in any given state means looking at gun sales adjusted for population. By that metric, some of the least-populated states have the highest rates of gun sales.Gun Sales Per 1,000 Adults Change 2009-2018Four of the states with the 10-highest gun sales rates are in the West, while the South has three and the Midwest two. Only one Northeastern state is among the top 10. Only one state appears in the top 10 of both the absolute list and the population-adjusted list — Tennessee, and four states appear in the bottom of the absolute list and among the top 10 of the population-adjusted list — Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.Regionally, average gun sales rates are highest in the West by a clear margin, with the average rate of gun sales per 1,000 adults in the West more than 20 points higher than the next-closest region.Despite a drop in recent years in total gun sales, most states have seen their rate of gun purchases go up over the past decade, with the District of Columbia recording a 600%-plus jump.Nearly three-quarters(link is external) of murders today involve a firearm, making a gun by far the most common murder weapon in the United States. Guns also represent the largest share of weapons used in armed robberies (40.6% of all robberies(link is external)) and account for more than 1 in 4 aggravated assaults.These figures tend to hold on the state level(link is external), though several states have rates of guns used in violent crime that are much higher or much lower than what is seen federally. For instance, Missouri has the highest percentage of guns used in murders, with firearms accounting for more than 86% of all murders in the state; murders in South Dakota, on the other hand, involve guns only 38.1% of the time.Percentage of Crimes Committed with a GunIt’s notable that some of the states with the highest population-adjusted rates of gun purchases (Montana, South Dakota and others) are among the states where guns are used the least in violent crimes. While this does not hold true for every state and across every crime category, it’s also not a fair comparison. That’s because guns used in the commission of a crime often are purchased illegally or stolen outright.In 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) traced more than 400,000 firearms(link is external) that were used in the commission of a crime and/or to ferret out illegal firearms dealers.We know from FBI data that the majority of homicide victims are killed with a gun. Guns are also the most common method by which Americans take their own lives, and gun-related injuries killed nearly 40,000 people(link is external) in 2017, the most recent year for which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published data.Where are rates of deaths related to guns highest, including intentional and unintentional deaths as well as law enforcement intervention and other causes? Generally, gun homicide rates are highest in the South, while gun suicide rates are highest in the West.According to CDC data, gun injuries were the cause of death of about 16,000 people in 2017. This equates to a population- and age-adjusted rate of 4.7 per 100,000 people. Regionally, the only area of the country with a lower gun-homicide rate is the West.Data for several states was unavailable, but looking at the state-by-state rates, it’s easy to see why the South’s gun homicide rate is so high and the West’s is so low.Suicide is the most common way that Americans die from gun-related injuries today, with intentional self-harm accounting for nearly 24,000 gun deaths in 2017. The age- and population-adjusted gun suicide rate (6.9) is almost 50% higher than the gun homicide rate. Western states have considerably higher gun suicide rates than other regions; in fact, the West’s gun suicide rate is more than double that of the Northeast.Gun-Related Suicides Per 100,000 PeopleMontana’s age-adjusted gun suicide rate is by far the highest in the country at 19.4 per 100,000 people, but another Western state, Hawaii, has the lowest gun suicide rate.Security.org ConclusionWithout a doubt, the American relationship to guns is long and complex, seemingly growing more complex by the day. But if progress is ever to be made against gun deaths and injuries, it’s necessary to start by understanding each state’s unique relationship with firearms.MethodologyGun sales: To calculate the number of gun sales per year and the rate of gun sales per 1,000 adults, we used the information contained in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which reports the number and type(link is external) of background checks conducted by state for each year since 1998. As mentioned earlier, we used an industry-accepted formula for employing this dataset to estimate the number of gun sales in a given year. That formula calls for combining the number of background checks for handguns and long guns with double the number of multiple background checks (which is a check for at least one handgun and one long gun) and then multiplying that number by 1.05. That then gives us a total estimated number of guns purchased through federally licensed firearms dealers. Those figures were then compared to the number of adults in each state to create a population-adjusted rate since it’s generally illegal to purchase a gun if you’re younger than 18.Gun crimes: Security.org data came from the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report for 2017(link is external). Security.org consulted national tables covering weapons used in crimes and similar tables for the states.Gun deaths: Security.org consulted the CDC’s WONDER database(link is external), which lists underlying causes of death and age- and population-adjusted rates for Americans going back to 1999. Security.org created custom tables that included all firearm-related deaths, including intentional and unintentional gun-related deaths. This includes cases of murder, homicides by law enforcement, acts of terrorism and many others.Source:Security.org 10.14.2019 (link is external) All graphics courtesy Security.org. Click here for Study(link is external)
Highlands is one of the schools on the security upgrade agenda.The Shawnee Mission School District is launching into two projects that will have an influence on school facilities in the years to come.The board last week approved a number of architectural and engineering services requests that will allow for security upgrades at a number of the district schools. Highlands, Belinder, Roesland and Horizons High School are among the buildings where the upgrades are anticipated being completed during the summer of 2014.At all of the buildings the security improvements include addressing the closed-circuit TV systems, door hardware, door access and exterior site security. The Horizons project also includes the construction of a new secure entry and remodel of the administration area. Earlier this fall the board approved a new school messaging service that will allow for the entire school community to be notified of alerts within minutes.The second project involves a demographic study of the school district to predict future enrollments. The board approved hiring a company to do a thorough study of population and enrollment trends. Superintendent Jim Hinson said the company, Business Information Services of Blue Springs, MO, will have an “exhaustive” recommendation by February 1, if they can get all the information they need. The district is looking at areas that will re-green and will work with city planners to identify projects that will affect enrollment.The demographer also will look at school boundaries to see if changes are needed. Hinson said he has heard from the school community about long-range facility planning. “This is one of the tools,” he said. Besides boundary changes, additions to some buildings could be a solution, depending on what the study reveals.The board also did a first reading of a policy change that would reduce board meetings from twice per month to once per month.
Kraske told the audience that Kansas policy debate had reached a “pivot point.” “If you are so inclined to speak up, and you don’t like what’s happening, now would be the time.”Northeast Johnson County resident Steve Kraske found himself on the unfamiliar side of the microphone Wednesday at Village Presbyterian Church, where parish associate Brian Ellison interviewed the well-known host of KCUR’s Up to Date as part of the church’s Village Talk series.Before an audience of more than 150, Kraske described a childhood with an editor and writer father and social activist mother as fertile ground for the development of his interest in journalism — a field which he lamented is in a state of uncertain flux.Kraske told the audience that it has been hard to watch the Kansas City Star, the newspaper where he worked full time from 1986 to 2013, struggle through a fundamental shift in the media landscape. While the paper itself is profitable, the enormous debt of its parent company, The McClatchy Company, has prevented the publication from investing to maintain or expand its coverage in many areas. Kraske said that while he believes the demand for high quality, credible information — as evidenced by the tens of billions of dollars people still pay for subscriptions to news publications — won’t go away, traditional mainstream media institutions haven’t figured out how to turn opportunities in digital media into the lifeline they need.“It’s like the mainstream media and the Star were down in the bottom of a very deep pit, and we’re running out of oxygen,” he said. “The air is getting very, very thin.”The weakening of institutions like the Star, he said, is especially troubling because daily newspapers have for decades been the places where most investigative reporting is carried out. While web-based outlets and television news are good at delivering breaking news, they aren’t usually equipped to do detailed reporting work.On the plus side, though, Kraske noted that he had witnessed the news operation at KCUR experience explosive growth since he began hosting Up to Date there 13 years ago.Ellison asked Kraske, who continues to pen a political column for the Star and spent years covering the Missouri statehouse and politics in the region, who he viewed as the most talented politician in Kansas. Kraske said Gov. Sam Brownback’s ability to get elected to every office he’s sought out since coming to Congress in 1994, combined with his ability to carry out an agenda while in office, likely put him at the top of the pack.Whether you like his policies or not, Kraske said, Brownback could very well be the “most consequential governor in Kansas history.”As for how the legislature will handle the massive budget hole it faces over the next several weeks, Kraske said it’s anyone’s guess.“How this all plays out is going to be incredible political theater,” he said. “Too bad it has real life consequences.”Before the close of the session, an audience member asked Kraske what advice he would give to local youth interested in getting into the field of journalism. He stressed that developing strong fundamental writing skills was key — and that northeast Johnson County families had an invaluable resource in SM East’s journalism program, headed by teacher Dow Tate.“I would tell [your child] to go see Dow Tate at Shawnee Mission East,” Kraske said. “Whatever he’s doing there, it works.”
Business Insider:As a born-and-raised New Yorker, I’m an expert at ignoring people.Nowhere does that skill come in handier than on a crowded subway, where my limbs are often entangled with those of other riders, our faces close enough for me to smell the latte on their breath. The key, I’ve learned, is to pretend they don’t exist.Seriously — don’t acknowledge the physical intimacy, don’t try to crack a joke about it, and definitely don’t use it as an opportunity to ask where they’re headed.…I recently spoke with Nicholas Epley, a psychologist, professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and author of the 2014 book “Mindwise.” In the book, Epley highlights a study he conducted with Juliana Schroeder, a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, which found that people are much happier on their commutes when they engage another passenger in conversation.Read the whole story: Business Insider More of our Members in the Media >
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced today that monkeypox has been confirmed in six more patients, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to nine.Two of the new cases are from Bayelsa state (where the three earlier cases were reported), two are from Akwa Ibom state, and one each from Enugu state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). All but FCT are located along the southern tip of the country.As of Oct 25, 94 suspected cases have been reported in 11 states. No deaths have been recorded among any of the confirmed or suspected cases.The NCDC said investigations are currently under way to see if any of the new cases are connected to the three cases confirmed in Bayelsa late last month.”The NCDC has been working with poxvirus experts from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that every available step is taken to trace how this outbreak may be spreading, and in understanding the links between case clusters, in order to prevent further spread,” the NCDC said.Largest-ever outbreak in NigeriaThe confirmation of the new cases make Nigeria’s outbreak the largest monkeypox outbreak in that country. Usually, monkeypox is limited to one or two people who have come into contact (scratch or bite) with an infected animal. Nigerians are advised to avoid eating or handling bushmeat (wild game, sometimes from bats and monkeys), especially from areas with confirmed monkeypox.The virus can also be transmitted though close personal contact, especially with bodily fluids, the NCDC said. Good hygiene is urged, especially among healthcare workers.The NCDC urged Nigerians to remain calm and not panic in light of the new cases, reminding citizens that supportive care usually leads to a full recovery. There is no cure for monkeypox, but patients can be given supportive treatment while hospitalized.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incubation period of monkeypox is usually from 6 to 16 days but can range from 5 to 21 days. The disease begins with a high fever and headache, followed by a blistering rash that covers the face, hands, and feet and lasts 10 to 21 days. Young children are most likely to die from infection.Smallpox vaccine is usually 85% effective in protecting against monkeypox, according to the WHO, which may be why older patients (who were vaccinated against smallpox) have milder cases of monkeypox.See also:Oct 27 NCDC updateWHO monkeypox page
Based on a federal and state investigation into Salmonella infections in several states, an Indiana company on Apr 13 recalled 206 million eggs distributed in nine states that may be contaminated, marking the first large-scale egg recall since 2010.The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, N.C., according to a recall notice from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The FDA said the voluntary recall is the result of 22 illnesses reported in East Coast states, which led to extensive interviews and an inspection of the Hyde County farm. The outbreak involves the Salmonella Braenderup subtype. Federal and state officials have been investigating the outbreak since early March.CDC: 23 cases, 6 hospitalizationsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said it has received reports of 23 illnesses from the nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Six people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.Illness onsets range from Nov 16, 2017, to Mar 22. Patient ages range from 5 to 90 years old, and 55% of patients are male.Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on samples from patients show that the isolates are closely related, hinting at a common source, the CDC said. And WGS analysis didn’t predict antibiotic resistance in samples from 14 patients, but further testing by the CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System is under way.The case-control study found that all 17 patients interviewed ate eggs the week before they got sick, which the CDC said is significantly higher than the 38% of healthy people who ate eggs in the week before they were interviewed. Eleven of the sick patients had eaten various egg dishes at different restaurants.Recall details, FDA findingsThe FDA recall notice said the Hyde County farm has 3 million laying hens that produce 2.3 million eggs a day, with a US Department of Agriculture inspector on site.The eggs are sold under a host of brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, and Sunshine Farms. Eggs from the farm were also sold to restaurants. States that received the eggs are the same as those reporting infections. The plant number on cartons and packages is P-1065, with lot codes ranging from 011 through 102.In an Apr 14 outbreak update, the FDA said its testing of samples collected from the farm during a thorough investigation from Mar 26 to Apr 11 revealed that positive Salmonella Braenderup samples from the facility matched the rare strain from sick patients.Also, the FDA said all of the people who got sick ate eggs or egg dishes. Trace-back investigations found that some of the eggs came from Rose Acre Farm’s Hyde County farm.The FDA said Salmonella symptoms occur 12 to 72 hours after exposure and often include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping. The illness lasts 4 to 7 days, and most patients recover without treatment, but in some people, diarrhea is so severe that hospitalization is needed. Children, seniors, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to have severe infections.2010 outbreakThe last large outbreak linked to eggs occurred in 2010, involving Salmonella Enteritidis. At the time, the CDC tracked a nationwide increase in infections matching the same indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern, which resulted in 1,939 illnesses, a number well above what the CDC would expect to see involving the strain in a given year.The source of the outbreak was eggs from Iowa-based Wright County Egg, and the event triggered the nation’s largest egg recall, involving about 500 million eggs.See also:Apr 13 FDA recall noticeApr 16 CDC outbreak announcementApr 14 FDA outbreak investigation update
The global COVID-19 total easily passed 700,000 cases today, just 1 day after passing the 600,000-case mark, fueled by steep rises in Europe and the United States, where President Donald Trump said today that social (physical) distancing guidelines will be extended through the end of April.In other developments, countries such as Russia took new steps to curb the first wave of pandemic activity, while others, such as South Korea, ordered new measures to prevent a second wave. The global total has now reached 718,685 cases, with the US total at 139,675, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Trump extends social distancing planThe United States reported about 20,000 cases and 520 deaths yesterday and appears to be on track to equal or exceed that number today.On CNN this morning, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States could see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths. The nation’s number of COVID-19 deaths have doubled over the past 2 days.At a briefing today, Trump announced that the federal social distancing guide will be extended to Apr 30. The administration’s initial plan was released on Mar 16 and detailed a 15-day plan to slow the spread of the virusHe said officials will release an updated plan on Mar 31, according to CNN.The President originally said he hoped the country was ready to resume work by Easter (Apr 12), but today he said he hopes that the United States will be on its road to recovery by Jun 1.Last night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid nonessential domestic travel for 14 days due to extensive COVID-19 transmission. Its advisory doesn’t apply to critical infrastructure workers, including trucking, public health, financial services, and food supply.The advisory followed President Trump’s comments yesterday about a possible quarantine for those hot spots, though it’s not clear if it would be enforceable.New York nears 60,000 casesNew York so far today has reported 6,120 more cases and 82 more deaths for a total of 59,513 cases, 965 of them fatal. New Jersey, the second worst-hit state, reported 2,262 more cases, for a total of 13,383, followed by California with 169 more cases for a total of 5,718. Three states today surpassed the early hot spot of Washington state: Michigan, Massachusetts, and Illinois.Michigan’s hot spot is the Detroit area, where hospitals are overrun and at least 39 police officers have been sickened, 2 of them fatally, the Detroit Free Press reported today. Trump yesterday approved a disaster declaration for the state.In Illinois, of 4,596 cases, most are from Chicago and Cook County. Chicago’s McCormick Place is being converted into a 3,000-bed COVID-19 treatment center, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has so far reported 89 infections in inmates and 12 in staff.In other developments, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday and today issued three emergency use authorizations (EAUs) related to personal protective equipment. One is for the Battelle Decontamination System, which uses concentrated vapor phase hydrogen peroxide for decontaminating N95 or N95-equivalent respirators. It also reissued EUAs for different kinds of respirators.Also, to prevent food shortages, the FDA temporarily relaxed certain nutrition labeling rules to give groups such as food manufacturers and restaurants more flexibility to sell packaged food to consumers or businesses.Europe’s hot spot totals climbSpain again reported its highest number of deaths (838), but the number of daily new cases declined from 8,189 to 6,549, the country’s El Mundo newspaper reported today. Overall, Spain has reported 78,797 cases, 6,528 of them fatal—the second-highest fatality count in the world, after Italy’s.Madrid is one of the hardest-hit areas, accounting for a little less than half of the deaths in Spain. A health official said six communities are at their intensive care unit capacity and three others are almost at their limits.Elsewhere, Italy today reported 5,217 more cases, lifting its overall total to 97,689. Also, with 756 more deaths today, the nation now has 10,779 fatalities.Several other countries in Europe continue to report thousands of new cases each day, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Activity is accelerating in other parts of the continent, such as Russia, where Moscow’s mayor today issued a stay-at-home order starting tomorrow affecting 12.7 million people, Bloomberg News reported. The city has recorded 1,014 cases, two thirds of the country’s total.Developments in Iran, AsiaElsewhere, Iran, still the Middle East most affected nation, is now reporting 38,309 cases, with 123 more deaths that lift the country’s fatality count to 2,640, Al Jazeera reported.In Asia, South Korea today reported 105 new cases today, down from 146 new infections yesterday, for a total of 9,583 cases. Due to a continuing rise in imported cases, the country today announced that travelers from Europe and the United States must self-quarantine for 14 days.Hong Kong today reported 59 more cases, 43 of them with a travel history, for a total of 642 cases. Singapore reported 42, 24 of them imported, for a total of 844. And China today reported 45 more cases, 44 imported and 1 local case in Henan province.