MADISON, Wis. —An electronic monitoring system tracking sex offenders, parolees and others shut down, leaving authorities in 49 states blind to offenders' movements for about 12 hours, authorities said Wednesday.
A system operated by Boulder, Colo.-based BI Incorporated unexpectedly hit its data storage capacity Tuesday morning, which blocked notifications to prisons and other corrections agencies on about 16,000 people being tracked, BI spokesman Jock Waldo said.
Tracking devices continued to record movement, but corrections agencies couldn't immediately view the data. The company has substantially increased its data storage capacity and hasn't heard of any safety issues, Waldo said. People being monitored were unaware of any problems.
Anonymous donation pays for transplant
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PHOENIX — An Arizona man who lost his eligibility for a state-funded transplant due to state budget cuts learned Wednesday that he is the beneficiary of an anonymous donation to pay for the life- saving procedure.
Leukemia patient Mark Price's transplant physician, Jeffrey Schriber, said the donation will allow preparations to move forward for a bone marrow transplant that could take place within two to three weeks.
"People stepping up like this is what is best about America," Schriber said.
Banner Health spokeswoman Nancy Neff confirmed a donation has been made through the Banner Health Foundation but said no details are available. Bone marrow transplants cost $250,000 or more.