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10/19/2017

Two groups plan to build a park to commemorate Ford Hunger March of 1932, during which five people were killed when police and Ford Motor security guards fought with unemployed autoworkers. The Fort Street Bridge Park is still about $300,000 away from its funding goal.

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10/19/2017

Three playgrounds will be built in Pendleton, Ore., thanks to a grant pledge by playground builder GameTime to match the city's spending on equipment. The playgrounds will help replace five shut down two years ago because the equipment wasn't safe.

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10/19/2017

Background checks are key for making decisions on hiring or placing volunteers, but one problem with the process is that data reporting isn't standardized. Try to get data from multiple sources, and have a plan for screening data for quality.

10/19/2017

The Burleigh County Commission in North Dakota agreed to draft a ballot measure that would raise the 9-1-1 user fee from $1 up to $1.50 per communication device. The money would be used for a new facility for CenCom and the Bismarck/Burleigh emergency operations center.

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10/19/2017

Officials in Lewis County, N.Y., have approved a proposal to upgrade the emergency dispatch system to enable dispatchers to receive text messages. "We live in a world of text messages. Eventually, it will be a requirement," said 9-1-1 Operations Coordinator Cheryl LaLonde.

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10/19/2017

An executive order signed by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu calls for formation of a committee to review the risks of opting out of FirstNet, after the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee voted in favor of doing so. Twenty-seven states and territories have made preliminary commitments to FirstNet, and final, legally binding agreements must be settled by Dec. 28

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10/19/2017

A video camera mounted directly on police officers' guns is getting attention from some police departments for the better view it provides than body cameras, reduced video storage costs and the fact that some models alert dispatchers and nearby officers when law enforcement personnel draw their guns. Critics say the cameras aren't adequate because they only turn on when the gun is removed from the holster, failing to capture the preceding interaction.

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10/18/2017

Push yourself toward activities that make you slightly uncomfortable in order to grow professionally, Travis Bradberry writes. Ways to do this include waking up earlier, volunteering and pursuing a goal that seems impossible.

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10/18/2017

A proposal has been submitted to let the lease run out on Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria, Va., and replace it with a year-round attraction. A citizen advisory group made the recommendation citing expensive ongoing projects in the city and the possibility of creating a venue that could generate more revenue.

10/18/2017

States that have legalized marijuana use are moving to withhold tax revenue generated by pot sales from cities that implement local bans on the drug. Lawmakers in Oregon, California and Massachusetts have implemented or are working on plans to keep marijuana tax revenue from cities that ban or restrict sales.

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