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Sheriff’s Office upgrades VIPER system, purchases body cameras

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office will officially implement two new safety upgrades Monday including the use of body cameras and new VIPER radios.

Training began earlier this the month for body camera operations. The cameras will record footage that will be “downloaded each time a deputy arrives at the sheriff’s office,” according to a prepared statement released Friday by the Sheriff’s Office. Footage can be used as evidence in court and for training purposes.

Officers continued to train this week, but will officially put the 75 Motorola/WatchGuard body cameras to use Monday, according to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

The Sheriff’s Office purchased the body cameras for a little more than $220,000 through N.C. Controlled Substance Tax penalties, according the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Patrol Division Major Tammy Deese has established policies related to camera usage.

The cost covers “all hardware for the officer, the patrol

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New York gets failing grade for state finances in updated report | State

(The Center Square) – A year ago, when Truth in Accounting published its annual Financial State of the States report, it noted that New York entered the COVID-19 pandemic in “poor fiscal health.”

“And it will probably come out of the crisis even worse,” the think tank added.

Fast forward to this year, and while the pandemic still lingers, Truth in Accounting’s latest report, released Tuesday, showed its prediction was correct.

In its 12th annual edition of the report, the think tank that focuses on public finances gave one of its 10 failing grades to New York as it found the state had a tax burden of $132.7 billion, or $20,100 per taxpayer.

Any state with a burden exceeding $20,000 gets an “F.” While New York also ranked 41st in the country in last year’s State of the State, it received a “D” because its taxpayer burden

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Hawks & State Farm Arena Hire Joel Browning As Chief Financial Officer

ATLANTA – Today the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena announced that Joel Browning has been hired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Browning will oversee the accounting, finance, information technology and analytics departments of both the Hawks and State Farm Arena while playing a leadership role in the strategic development of future large-scale projects. He will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin.

Browning joins the Hawks from the NBA where he was a vice president in its Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) department and served as an account manager and dedicated sales, marketing and business operations consultant for the Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. During his time at TMBO, he was a key contributor to the NBA’s record-setting operating performance, served as the primary point of contact between

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