Courtesy of CBS News:

Police hostage negotiators were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated with the kindergartener into a bunker at his home. 
 
The gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting
foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.

He had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning to answer charges he shot at his neighbors in a dispute last month over a speed bump.

The standoff along a red dirt road began on Tuesday afternoon, after a gunman boarded a stopped school bus filled with children in the small town of Midland City, population 2,300. Sheriff Wally Olsen said the man shot the bus driver when he refused to hand over a 6-year-old child. The gunman then took the kindergartener away.

Full story: 
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57566577/deadly-alabama-school-bus-shooting-leads-to-standoff-with-suspect-6-year-old/

 
 
By John Zaremba / Boston Herald

A girl walked into Boston Medical Center this afternoon about 3:20 p.m. with a laceration to her face after what police say was a fight on a Boston school bus.

Boston police spokesman David Estrada said it doesn’t appear that any weapons were used in the fight between two students on the bus.

The girl’s injury was not considered life threatening, but police had no immediately details on how serious her injury was or exactly how she was injured. Her age and identity were not released.

There has been no arrest, Estrada said.

Link to story:  http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/01/cops_girl_injured_school_bus_fight

 
 
By Morgan Hightower

Snow Camp, NC -- We've all seen one: A big, yellow school bus with flashing lights and a stop arm extended.  They're hard to miss but yet, in North Carolina alone, more than 3,000 drivers pass them in just one
day.

Read: It's a School Bus: Here's Where YOU Need to STOP

In the Triad, 4 children have been hit by those passing cars in the past seven weeks.

- December 7, an 8-year-old boy in Graham was walking to his school bus when was hit. He survived but had serious injuries.
- Just 2-weeks later, Hasani Wesley was hit and killed in Forsyth County.
- Then in January, two little girls were hit the same week, just two days and towns apart. They both walked away with cuts and bruises.

Full story and video:  http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/265835/57/Mom-Petitions-For-Stronger-School-Bus-Laws

 
 
Lansing State Journal reporters Laura Misjak and Mary Jo White contributed to this report.

Two students from Grand Ledge remain hospitalized on Friday - one in critical condition - after the Jeep they were riding in collided with a school bus Thursday morning on Nixon Road.  The driver of the Jeep, a high school student, was in
stable condition Friday afternoon at Sparrow Hospital, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich said. Her passenger, a middle school student, was reported in critical condition at Sparrow, he said.

At least one passenger on the bus also received minor injuries.  Police were not releasing the names or ages of the victims.

The Sheriff’s department said the driver of the Jeep was headed south on Nixon about 7:40 a.m. when she apparently lost control on icy pavement and slid into the path of a bus carrying high school students.

Full story: 
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20130124/NEWS01/301240033/Grand-Ledge-bus-crash-Students-remain-hospitalized
 
 
By Tara Bozick, 757-247-4741

No one was seriously injured in a chain-reaction "fender bender" involving four school buses at 4 p.m. Thursday, said Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos.

The buses were waiting to pick up students in front of Ruffner Middle School on May Avenue when one bus struck the back of another, causing two more buses to hit the buses in front of them, Amos said. Eight students reported injuries
although they had no visible signs of injury, Amos said.

Police are still investigating what caused the initial collision, Amos said.

Story link:  http://www.dailypress.com/news/breaking/dp-school-bus-wreck-norfolk-20130124,0,3858692.story



 
 
Courtesy of:  By O.Kay Henderson

A bill awaiting committee action in the Iowa House would set up a centralized school bus purchasing system for Iowa school districts. Representative Curtis Hanson, a Democrat from Fairfield, is the bill’s sponsor.

“This vision is for schools of Iowa to help taxpayers and help schools reduce the cost of their buses. Schools in the past have been purchasing buses one or two or three at a time,” Hanson says. “If we can consolidate that bidding process and bid on 300 or 400 — or maybe 500 or 600 at a time, then we can get a substantial cost reduction.”

Hanson got the idea from other states.  “Minnesota is doing this and has been very successful at doing this,” Hanson
says. “So I thought: ‘Why not pattern this after the Minnesota bill that’s saving Minnesota taxpayers and Minnesota schools money?’”

The average cost for a standard yellow school bus is $70,000. Hanson estimates buying buses in bulk would save at least $500 per bus. Multiply that by 400 buses and that’s $200,000.  “I think it’s a wonderful way to save taxpayers money and save schools
money,” Hanson says, “and, plus, reduce the paperwork and the legwork that local schools have to do.”

Buses must meet minimum safety standards, but districts do have many options to sort through when buying a bus. Hanson’s bill calls for the centralized purchasing of school buses to be handled by staff in the Iowa Department of Education as well as staff in the Iowa Department of Administrative Services who handle other state purchasing contracts.

“There’s about 300-400 buses in the state of Iowa purchases each year,” Hanson says. “They have a normal recycling plan that every so many thousand miles or every so many years they will renew their bus fleet and so that’s a planned purchase that they need to keep up on and this will help administratively, too, because the changes in requirements and so forth will be
centrally located.”

School districts would not be required to join the bus purchasing coop if Hanson’s bill becomes law. The decision to turn over school bus purchasing to state administrators would be voluntary. Hanson’s bill cleared a subcommittee this week and awaits action in the full House Education Committee.

 
 
Courtesy of ClickOrlando.com

Orange County Public Schools rules do not cover red-light cameras

A Local 6 investigation continues to highlight school bus drivers getting caught on camera running red lights.

Apopka police released videos from the 22 red-light cameras installed across the city. Among them, several Orange County Public School buses were seen driving through intersections after the light turned red.

The buses were found in violation of red lights at three intersections: Rock Springs Road and Martin Street; Rock Springs Road and East Welch Road; and Piedmont Wekiwa Road and Orange Blossom Trail.

Full story: 
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/School-buses-caught-on-camera-running-red-lights/-/1637132/18273262/-/jhybydz/-/index.html

 
 
Courtesy of WILX.com

DELTA TOWNSHIP - 3 people were taken to the hospital as a result of a crash between a school bus and SUV in Delta Township this morning. The accident happened at around 7:20AM as the school bus was driving away from the Hayes
Middle School on Nixon Road. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich tells News 10 that a southbound Jeep Cherokee went out of its lane and struck the side of the bus. The bus contained Grand Ledge high school students. One student was taken to
Sparrow Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The sheriff says the driver and a passenger in the Jeep were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The sheriff says slippery roads were a factor in the accident. Another bus was quickly brought to take the remaining high school students to school.

Article online:  http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/2-Injured-in-School-Bus-Accident-188195491.html
 
 
Courtesy of Barry Kriger

Inspections by the Georgia State patrol and state Department of Public Safety concluded that the brakes did not fail in a
crash of two Newton County school buses on Tuesday.

According to the Newton County Public School system, the inspection revealed no mechanical defects. The mechanical inspection and the braking (skid) marks left by the bus on the roadway at the collision site eliminate the failure of the braking system or other mechanical defect as the cause of the collision.  

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, two Newton County school buses were involved in an accident when one school bus collided with another school bus that had stopped to deliver students to their home on Georgia Highway 162.  Officers from the Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety have completed a comprehensive mechanical inspection of the school bus that failed to stop. 

According to NCSS, all school buses are inspected annually by the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and inspected every twenty days by school system mechanics. Additionally, drivers
are required to perform pre-trip inspections prior to transporting students. 

Full article:  http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/students-sent-to-hospital-after-school-bus-crash-in-westfield
 
 
Courtesy of the Rockdale News:

Inspections by the Georgia State patrol and state Department of Public Safety concluded that the brakes did not fail in a
crash of two Newton County school buses on Tuesday.

According to the Newton County Public School system, the inspection revealed no mechanical defects. The mechanical inspection and the braking (skid) marks left by the bus on the roadway at the collision site eliminate the failure of the braking system or other mechanical defect as the cause of the collision.  

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, two Newton County school buses were involved in an accident when one school bus collided with another school bus that had stopped to deliver students to their home on Georgia Highway 162.  Officers from the Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety have completed a comprehensive mechanical inspection of the school bus that failed to stop. 

According to NCSS, all school buses are inspected annually by the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and inspected every twenty days by school system mechanics. Additionally, drivers are required to perform pre-trip inspections prior to transporting students. 

Full article:  http://www.rockdalenews.com/section/1/article/14105/