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4/19/2018

The Parks Prescription program in California's Marin County has been expanded after showing positive results. Under the program, doctors prescribe park visits for in-need county residents as treatments for conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

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4/19/2018

Partnerships between parks agencies and water utilities are key for the future of the country's water resources, according to US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox. "For parks and water departments, this means building a collaborative and integrated approach to managing urban land and water resources," she writes.

4/19/2018

California's San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is 20 years into a 50-year program of land conservation and preservation. The county's Multiple Species Conservation Program is 77% of the way to its goal of preserving about 300,000 acres.

4/19/2018

The planned 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Space in urban Mississippi will feature about 20 miles of trails, as well as wildlife viewing areas, a visitor center, an amphitheater and other features. The site will be managed by the foundation Wildlife Mississippi.

4/19/2018

Officials from Michigan's Ottawa County Central Dispatch say they have nearly finished removing the bugs from dispatch software updates implemented a couple of months ago. The issues "primarily impacted the officers in the cars. Field reporting from the vehicles became an issue when they tried to merge the reports into the record system," said Joe LaLonde, IT manager for Ottawa County Central Dispatch.

4/19/2018

The new centralized dispatch system for Ashtabula County and Jefferson, Ohio, began taking calls last week. The upgraded and consolidated system cost more than $1 million and took more than a decade to finalize and implement.

4/19/2018

Under a new Wisconsin law, public-safety answering points must employ trained 9-1-1 dispatchers able to give CPR guidance over the phone or transfer callers to another PSAP with trained dispatchers. The goal of the law is to allow bystanders to begin CPR before first responders arrive, increasing the chances of survival.

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4/19/2018

A state audit found Meade County, S.D., did not receive approval from the State 9-1-1 Coordination Board to purchase a software system with 9-1-1 funds in 2016. County Commissioner Doreen Creed responded that the county shouldn't need approval from a state board for how it spends locally raised tax dollars.

4/19/2018

FirstNet's hackathon last month generated apps to be used with the public-safety network devices, including an app to improve firefighter tracking and an app to help people with mobility disabilities communicate with first responders.

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FirstNet
4/18/2018

Community leaders in Butler County, Ohio, say that investments into putting local financial reports online are worthwhile despite the fact that they're not attracting a lot of public attention.