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EDM Tuesday Briefing: Ohio School Shooter Wounds Four, Police Shootings in UT and NC Cause Unrest

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 1, 2016: A 14-year-old student wounds four in a school shooting in Ohio, protests occur in both Utah and North Carolina following police shootings and Apple wins an initial court decision against the feds.

  1. A 14-year-old male student in Ohio opened fire in a school cafeteria yesterday, wounding at least four students. The suspect ran from the school but was caught by authorities and is now facing multiple felony charges, including two counts of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault.
  2. The Salt Lake City Police Department is still withholding video footage of a fatal shooting from this weekend, pending investigation. Officers reportedly shot and killed a 17-year-old male and the police have body camera footage of the incident. The shooting sparked unrest in the city; officers have donned riot gear and barricaded city blocks to stop sometimes violent protests.
  3. In Raleigh, NC, a police officer shot and killed a suspect who was trying to evade arrest on Monday. The shooting immediately sparked protests in the area, with gatherers reportedly chanting "black lives matter" and "no justice, no peace!" This is the latest in a string of police shootings in recent months -- in Ferguson, MO, Chicago, San Francisco, Salt Lake City -- that entered the public spotlight and resulted in widespread protests.
  4. Apple scored a victory in court yesterday, as a New York judge denied a government request for information on an iPhone in a drug case. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the US District Court ruled in favor of Apple, refusing a court order that would force the company to unlock a phone for federal authorities. While this case is separate from the Apple/FBI battle regarding the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, this ruling in New York is expected to influence the outcome of the high profile case in California.
  5. Scientists in France said they found clear evidence of a link between Zika virus and Guillain-Barre. Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a nerve syndrome in which the body's immune system attacks its nervous system. This discovery is leading experts to warn that the paralyzing illness could overwhelm intensive care wards of countries most affected by the Zika outbreak.
  6. A rockslide has shut down both directions of Interstate 75 in Tennessee as of late last week. The road is currently closed indefinitely after the slide struck just south of the Kentucky/Tennessee border. There are no reported injuries but lengthy delays are persisting, as detours are taking hours in many instances.
  7. Nearly 10 percent of all U.S. bridges were deemed 'structurally deficient' in a recent analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). While the overall number of bridges needing attention dropped slightly from 2014 to 2015, the nation is still decades away from fixing all bridges, according to the ARTBA.
  8. A new federal program will look to help Hawaii deal with the ongoing homelessness issues afflicting the state. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program known as the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program will allow homeless individuals in Hawaii to remain in Medicaid programs (namely mental health and substance abuse treatment) for longer periods of time. Hawaii recently extended a state of emergency to address homelessness on the islands.
  9. Seattle recently hired a well-known homeless expert to help the city deal with its current homelessness crisis. Barbara Poppe, who led federal homelessness efforts from 2009 to 2014, will consult the city on homeless matters and has already recommended against opening more tent cities in the region. Seattle declared a state of emergency to combat homelessness back in November 2015.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.