The Marion, Ill., City Council will consider an ordinance levying penalties of up to $750 on workers without permits and on those who fail to adequately repair any damage they cause to city streets. "We are in the process right now of formulating an ordinance restricting boring in right-of-ways and cutting streets," Commissioner Anthony Rinella said.
A trained assistance dog is available to comfort witnesses and complainants facing stressful situations in California's Stanislaus County court complex. Honor, a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix, is one of nearly 5,000 assistance dogs placed free of charge by the Santa Rosa-based Canine Companions for Independence.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says construction at the Bayonne Bridge is behind schedule and will not be completed until 2019, two years later than originally estimated for the Raise the Roadway project, which started in 2013. Last year's severe winter, steel modifications and changes in project staging have led to the delays. So far, the Skanska Koch/Kiewit Infrastructure joint venture, which is performing the work, has completed about 50% of the $1.3 billion project.
There's often a lag between shifting strategies and corporate hiring practices, and that can make it harder to find the right people, write Brandon Rigoni and Bailey Nelson. "To select great talent, organizations need more than a great interview process. It is essential that recruiters are in tune with the business' long-term strategy," they write.
New York City's subway system will do a better job of coping with a storm like Hurricane Joaquin than it did when Hurricane Sandy hit three years ago, transportation officials said. But billions of dollars of additional work will be needed to fully prevent damage to the subways from a major storm, they said.
The New York City Council has unanimously approved three bills that target K2 synthetic cannabis. The bills prohibit K2 sales, allow suspension of K2 sellers' cigarette-dealer license and let police halt K2 production and sales through public-nuisance laws.
The Carroll County, Md., Emergency Management department has launched a mobile application to inform residents of natural disasters. The free app, Prepare Me Carroll, sends alerts in case of flash flooding, road closures or other emergencies.
Union leaders have accused Solano County, Calif., officials of bad faith bargaining. Today is the deadline for authorizing a strike by approximately 1,800 workers. A contract expired Monday between the county and Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents social workers, public-health nurses, child-support specialists and others.
Thomas Hoover, town manager of Coventry, R.I., for six years, has retired after 50 years in municipal government. Hoover's career includes city management in Worcester, Mass.; Toledo, Ohio; and Royal Oak, Mich.
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