Several cities in China had a fireworks ban for Chinese New Year on Monday because of air pollution. Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou are among cities that prohibited fireworks to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.
A $15 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will enable four projects removing contaminated soil from a stretch of the Black River in Lorain, Ohio.
Economic revival in Duluth, Minn., during recent decades is partly attributable to the area's recreational opportunities. The city is known for its streams and waterfalls, skiing and biking trails, all within the city limits. "Most cities put a premium on making life easy," former Mayor Don Ness said. "Cities like Duluth put a premium on making life interesting."
The National Park Service continued to fall behind on maintenance during fiscal 2015, with the backlog increasing by $440 million to $11.9 billion. Congress recently provided $90 million to address the backlog, though that money cannot be used on transportation projects.
A $28.6 million grant from the UK government will fund a "living laboratory" project in which vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology will be tested on public roads. The three-year project will include installation of roadside communication equipment to test as many as 100 connected and automated cars.
Two architectural firms based in Denmark plan to build the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world near Shenzhen, China. The plant, designed to handle 5,000 tons of daily waste, is slated to begin operations in 2020.
Chicago's City Council Human Relations Committee has backed proposed changes to human rights and fair housing laws that would give military personnel new protections when looking for jobs or apartment rentals. The proposal will go to the full council this week.
The Brunswick, Ga., City Commission voted against allowing tours of three city cemeteries by a for-profit company called Last Ride Ghost Tours. A nonprofit conducts tours of the city's oldest cemetery, which contains graves of Civil War soldiers.
The Moraga, Calif., City Council unanimously voted to hire Robert Priebe as interim town manager. Priebe is chief of police and can return to that role when the city hires a permanent manager.
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