The 9-1-1 emergency call center in Lawrence County, Pa., is upgrading to a digital radio system to reduce the number of "dead spots." It's expected to increase coverage from 70% of the county to 95%.
San Diego dispatcher Kristina Miller volunteers her time and money to travel to cities across the US to help out at 9-1-1 call centers in the aftermath of tragic events such as the police officer shootings in Dallas earlier this month. Miller says filling in for dispatchers who are coping with tragedy is an opportunity for her to give back and make a difference.
Governors Island, site of a former military base in New York City, is now home to a 10-acre park featuring more than 860 trees and 41,000 shrubs on four man-made hills. The park has views of the Statue of Liberty and the skylines of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City, N.J.
Police in Ottawa, Canada, recommended reducing the staff of community officers from 15 to 10 as part of a plan to create a new policing model for the area. The plan calls for putting more uniformed officers on the front line, as well as offering more fixed shifts and readjusting some boundaries in the area.
New Rochelle, N.Y., is launching a new bike-share program with about 11 stations. "It's part of a comprehensive effort to make New Rochelle fun, sustainable and offer a high quality of life," said Mayor Noam Bramson.
The proposed merger of two park districts in Sacramento County, Calif., has sparked debate. Merger critics say that the move would benefit Carmichael's district more than their Mission Oaks, while a report argues the move will save costs and improve residential access.
Camp Unify, a three-week sports camp for children 4 to 15 in Saginaw, Mich., gives a overview of sports at inner-city parks. The program also helps children learn to take care of parks and give them a sense of ownership, program officials say.
Consultants hired for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have suggested a master plan that would finance the purchase of up to 177 acres by 2040 and also include renovations and repairs. The recommendations could cost the city $176 million.
A strong housing market in British Columbia, Canada, resulted in a total of $1.16 billion in property transfer taxes and a budget surplus of about $552 million last fiscal year. The amount collected via the property transfer tax represents a 44% increase over the prior year.
The City Council in Waukegan, Ill., has voted against a liquor license change that Aldi says it needs to add a second store there, but advocates believe the item still could be passed later.
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