AMBER Alert

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After Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old child abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996, the question arose: When a child is abducted and each minute matters, why can’t the police and the media get together to inform the public with the same urgency of, say, a weather warning about a tornado or a hurricane? Radio and television executives adopted the idea, and the Dallas Amber Plan was initiated in July 1997. Houston set up its own Amber Plan in 2000, and two years later Texas instituted a statewide Amber Alert. That same year the U.S. Justice Department began coordinating the program for states and cities.

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