Florida State University students are learning to use drones to help during disasters, such as hurricanes. Students have used drones to help trackers locate and rescue a missing person.
A "straddling bus" that allows cars to travel underneath its belly piqued interest at a tech expo in Beijing. The buses would have a capacity of up to 1,400 passengers and run on a special track without affecting traffic flow.
The city of Fresno, Calif., has approved a controversial ordinance that adds condo associations, occupants and property managers to the list of parties liable for violating blight regulations -- property owners were already on the list. Parties can be cited for unlawful nuisances such as having nonworking cars and visible trash on the premises, and they could be subject to penalties and legal action.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the Beyond Traffic Smart City Challenge, which will award a $40 million grant to one of seven finalist cities this summer, represents an opportunity to improve America's transportation system and plan for the future. Foxx toured Kansas City, Mo., with Mayor Sly James and others on May 20. "To see the energy and the teamwork that people are putting into this application is pretty amazing," Foxx said.
Augusta, Ga., is working on a parks master plan that could include converting one public pool into a splash pad and demolishing another. "From a financial standpoint, the outdoor pools aren't always the best option, but that's where you reach the kids in the community that can walk to the neighborhood pools," said Glenn Parker, city parks director.
The Orlando, Fla., City Council and the state Department of Transportation have agreed on airspace rights for a proposed park under Interstate 4. The park wouldn't be built for years, as it is dependent on highway construction.
Harry Black, the city manager of Cincinnati, presented a $1.2 billion budget to the mayor for review. The budget includes funds for construction of a new marina at a riverfront park, as well as equipping police officers with body cameras.
Moore County, N.C., named Janet Parris as assistant county manager. Parris has worked with the county for more than 26 years. She has served as director of child support, youth services and day reporting for 11 years.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is asking the city for some changes to its planned Garden Bridge project. Khan wants the pedestrian bridge to stay open to the public for more hours by allowing fewer days and shorter hours when the bridge can be closed for private events. The $255.6 million project includes $58.4 million in public funds, with the remainder from private funds.
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