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12/11/2017

Commissioners in Florida's Brevard County are supporting measures that would run in excess of $10 million to address the county's sewerage problems. These issues include periodic releases of sewage into the Indian River Lagoon, including 20 million gallons of sewage and stormwater discharged into the Anchor Drive Canal due to excessive rainfall in September and October.

12/8/2017

The Toronto City Council expressed support for a plan to build a 20-acre park in the center of the city. The project could be funded by a fee from developers who seek high-density projects.

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12/8/2017

Officials in Union, Hancock and Cocke Counties will use grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to help fund initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The counties plan to replace aging heating and lighting systems with more efficient alternatives.

12/8/2017

Atlanta's PATH Parkway, a newly constructed 1.5-mile walking and bicycling path, now connects West Midtown to Georgia Tech, the Coca-Cola Company office complex and downtown. "PATH Parkway represents how the connections we make through infrastructure enhance how people experience their community," said Atlanta Department of City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane.

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12/7/2017

Good leaders don't ignore the emotions of subordinates or themselves, writes Steve McKee. "A great deal of internal tension, lack of alignment, turf battles and even working at cross-purposes can result from unaddressed emotional undercurrents, and a leader who is blind to these dynamics (willingly or otherwise) won't be a leader for long," he writes.

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Steve McKee
12/7/2017

The US homeless population has increased for the first time since 2010, with rising rents on the West Coast seen as the driving factor. At least 10 city and county governments on the West Coast have declared states of emergency since 2015.

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The Associated Press
12/7/2017

Residents of the city-state of Singapore will have time ahead of anticipated tax hikes to make preparations, says Indranee Rajah, a senior finance and law official. The government is still debating how and when to increase taxes, she says.

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Today (Singapore)
12/7/2017

Commissioners in Ellis County, Kan., have approved funds for local emergency officials to purchase new GPS-enabled public-safety radios to replace their current 15-year-old technology. In the future, the new system could allow dispatchers to immediately determine the location of emergencies and deploy the closest emergency responders.

12/7/2017

Parks and public lands can benefit from the growing popularity of outdoor music festivals, but the Las Vegas shooting and other incidents have raised concerns about security and the costs associated with it, says City Parks Alliance board member Eric Tamulonis. "The use of public parks for music festivals and other major events remains viable at this point," he writes.

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12/7/2017

A land swap between the city of Orlando, Fla., and the Orange County school district means the former Grand Avenue School will be turned into a recreation center. The renovated school will house a pottery studio, a youth-mentoring program and a 900-seat gym.