Amber Alert



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Mike Foster agreed to exempt Louisiana's Amber Alert program to locate missing children from state privacy laws protecting the identities of children.

Foster signed the bill by Sen. Tom Schedler, R-Slidell, to ensure the Amber Alert program was not violating state law.

The Louisiana plan provides that when a child's disappearance doesn't meet the criteria established to activate the statewide system, state police can e-mail a photograph to law enforcement and the media to let them determine if they will release the photo to the public.

The Louisiana system, started in October, follows the initiatives of many other states and is managed by the state police.

Amber Alerts are named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl abducted in Arlington, Texas, and later found murdered. They are bulletins distributed quickly through radio and television broadcasts and electronic highway signs about kidnapped children and their abductors.




(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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