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"The kids all got off the bus, a lot of them were happy to see their friends they hadn't seen in a while, they're excited about the new school," says Monroe Police Dept. Lt. Keith White.
Police say parents were allowed to stay on campus for a while with their kids, and school officials held an assembly to answer any questions they might have. Law enforcement are maintaining a presence at the school, but officials say they are careful to maintain a balanced approach.
"We don't want them to think this is a police state, we want them to know that this is a school and a school first," says Lt. White. "It's a place for them to come learn, enjoy their friends, and grow up."
Meanwhile, Connecticut's Governor announcing the first steps in response to the shooting rampage, with the creation of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.
"The commission will look for ways to make sure that our gun laws are as tight as they need to be," says Governor Daniel Malloy. "That our mental health system can reach those who are in need of our help and that our law enforcement agencies have the tools that they need to protect public safety, particularly in our schools."
The Governor is expected to receive the initial report from the Commission by March 15, in time for the General Assembly to take action during the next session.
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Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.