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6/27/2017

Boone County, Mo., aims to boost recruitment and retention of emergency dispatchers and is looking into advertising on the radio, Pandora Internet Radio, Facebook and YouTube. Officials are planning for a more positive message than in previous ads, which used sound bites of 9-1-1 calls.

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6/27/2017

The plan to merge emergency dispatch operations in Washington state's Benton and Franklin counties by early 2018 could face challenges due to a shortage of dispatchers. Capt. Rick Roschleau of the Franklin County dispatch center said added stress from the consolidation has led to departures, and remaining dispatchers must work overtime.

6/27/2017

The Owasso, Okla., Police Department is dealing with high volumes of hang-up calls to 9-1-1, with 7,634 in 2016 and 6,100 projected by the end of this year. "Hang-up calls are a major issue for (OPD), primarily because they take up life-saving resources that should be allocated to real emergencies," said Owasso Deputy Chief of Police Jason Woodruff.

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6/27/2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania opposes pending body cam legislation in the state, saying it would severely limit public access to the videos. Supporters say the bill would create a uniform process for accessing police camera footage.

6/26/2017

The Hamilton County Trustee's Office will continue to collect hotel and motel taxes on behalf of Chattanooga, Tenn., for the next five years at an increased 1% service fee. The city has paid the county about 0.5% to collect lodging fees in the past.

6/26/2017

Officials in Fullerton, Calif., have appointed Huntington Beach Assistant City Manager Ken Domer to take charge of the city's operations, beginning July 24. "Ken is very familiar with north Orange County and the challenges faced by mature, full-service cities," said Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker.

6/23/2017

Officials in Hall County, Ga., and its municipalities are working on a strategy to eliminate redundant taxation and service delivery. Residents of certain cities could see property tax bills decrease once a deal is in place.

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6/22/2017

Although Albemarle County, Va., is seeing a significant a number of retailers shut their doors, county officials say they aren't worried about the potential financial losses. They believe consumers will continue seeking out boutiques, as well as lifestyle and experience-type locations.

6/22/2017

A study on erosion, escarpment-climbing roads and infrastructure in Hamilton, Ontario, recommends doubling the amount spent to avert rockfalls along the roads, as well as spending $9 million on access wall replacement. City authorities are also concerned about the implications of changing weather patterns on erosion and city infrastructure and are looking for academic advice.

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6/22/2017

A pair of artists have installed fruit trees at parks across the country, with the latest in Los Angeles. David Burns and Austin Young began Fallen Fruit in 2004, and their first fruit park opened in El Segundo, Calif., in 2013.

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