Jacksonville, Fla., transportation leaders are in talks with automakers to position the city as a test site for self-driving cars within the next two years. "I would love to develop some sort of a pilot program [with an autonomous shuttle], but that is in the early stages of how that will work," said Brad Thoburn of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
Two parks in Decatur, Ill., will receive repairs and upgrades next year at a cost of about $190,000. Work will include repairs, a replacement basketball court and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
City officials in Newton, Iowa, hope to improve residential quality of life over the next few years, with a vibrant parks system being one of six goals. Improvements to a skate park and a new community center are among the planned projects.
The Maine Office of Tourism says this year's tourism revenue could exceed last year's, with some credit due to social media and other marketing campaigns that sought to attract visitors from the mid-Atlantic area.
First responders in Rhode Island and New Jersey participated in training exercises related to gas leaks. In Warwick, R.I., National Grid coordinated an exercise near major highways, schools and an airport so first responders would need to consider the effect on those operations.
Idaho law enforcement agencies support an initiative that would require 40 hours of training to become an emergency dispatcher. Additional training would be required every two years.
Officials say 23 counties in the Texas Panhandle will get new 9-1-1 call recorders in 2017 with double the number of channels. The new recorders will allow dispatchers to record calls from law enforcement agencies, in addition to 9-1-1 calls.
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