The New Hanover County, N.C., sheriff's office demonstrated a new long-range acoustical device it says will be useful for broadcasting emergency messages to area residents. The device is powered with a car battery and can broadcast messages, warnings and instructions up to 1.86 miles away.
Five of the world's sustainable cities are taking major steps to fight climate change, such as San Francisco cutting its water usage and improving energy efficiency in its buildings and transportation systems. Vancouver, Canada, has committed to getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, and Singapore invests heavily in public transportation systems to curb traffic and emissions.
A $203,499 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will go towards funding a York County, Pa., study on creating a local stormwater authority to address water runoff and quality issues in and around the Chesapeake Bay, officials say. The York County Planning Commission is considering levying a fee on property owners to pay for stormwater improvements.
Sedgwick County, Kan., staffers charged with identifying and eliminating website vulnerabilities have removed a number of online tools and forms from the county's website after an email phishing scam cost the county more than $500,000. Some commissioners say the move is an overreaction that eliminates government transparency.
A Maryland county has sought public input on planned improvements to Acorn Urban Park, which is only about one-third of an acre.
Traffic maps, crime statistics and inspection reports are among the data available online in Lincoln, Neb.
The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority in Wildwood, N.J., has created a marketing campaign with the slogan "As Wild as You Want to Be!" The plan includes broadcast and digital media components.
Maine's tourism department developed a marketing plan aimed specifically at the most valuable visitors based on lifestyle and values. Campaigns will seek out first-time visitors, specifically from New England.
Police are urging people not to participate in a social media prank that instructs them to say "108" to Apple's virtual assistant Siri and wait to see what happens. Since 1-0-8 is the emergency services number in India, this prank causes Siri to call 9-1-1 and can create a backlog of calls.
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