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10/23/2017

In Ketchikan, Alaska, residents can purchase a permit to salvage items such as spare parts and building materials from landfills. Participants have recycled more than 100 tons each year, says Solid Waste Supervisor Lenny Neely.

10/23/2017

A city auditor's review found a majority of Denver's child welfare workers were unable to prove they'd passed required background checks. Human Services Director Don Mares said the documentation process needs to be fixed while assuring the workers had passed the checks.

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The Denver Post
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10/20/2017

City officials in New Rochelle, N.Y., are hoping to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters by offering multiple site options: office development in the downtown core and a recreational space for employees on Davids Island. Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon says New Rochelle also offers "access to the region without really having to be within the boundaries of New York City."

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10/20/2017

Authorities in the Tajikistani city of Dushanbe are tearing down many old Soviet buildings to make room for more modern apartment buildings and shopping malls as part of an urban development strategy aimed at accommodating the rapid growth the city expects to see over the next decade. Work is already underway on a new parliament, an elevated highway and metro stations.

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The Guardian (London)
10/19/2017

An audit of the Davis County sheriff's office in Utah found time card fraud, improper spending and unauthorized use of vehicles and equipment. Sheriff Todd Richardson attributed the findings to paperwork errors.

10/19/2017

Deputy City Manager Wiley Stem III received unanimous support from the Waco, Texas, City Council to succeed longtime City Manager Dale Fisseler, who plans to retire in March. "I love the city, I love working here, I love the people that I work with and we have a lot of exciting things going on in Waco," Stem said.

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KWTX-TV (Waco, Texas)
10/19/2017

The property of Cliveden, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, dates to 1767 and was the site of a Revolutionary War battle. The property highlights its history through tours, student activities, Eagle Scout projects and use as a public park.

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10/19/2017

Officials in Charleston County, S.C., are asking residents for feedback on proposed projects the county could undertake using greenbelt funds derived from a half-cent sales tax approved in 2004. One option is for the county to buy out properties that are prone to flooding and use them as conservation easements.

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10/19/2017

Many community parks aren't living up to their potential as places to promote public health, and a study by RAND Corp., City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land has suggestions for improving visitor engagement. The study says parks need a better variety of features and activities, better marketing and offerings for different age groups.

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CityLab
10/19/2017

More needs to be done to expand forested areas in Baltimore, write Katie Lautar and Miriam Avins of nonprofit Baltimore Green Space. "Despite all the value they provide, protections for forested land in Baltimore are minimal; municipal and individual action is needed," they write.

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The Baltimore Sun