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3/27/2017

City Council members in Fresno, Calif., have voted to cancel a contract in which the city provides firefighting services to the North Central Fire Protection District. The council said it was costing the city more to provide the service than the district was paying, and the cancellation will be effective in mid-December.

3/27/2017

To comply with a federal mandate, the city of Bangor, Maine, needs to address the problem of raw sewage and stormwater spilling into the Penobscot River and Kenduskeag Stream. About $63 million worth of work will be required over 15 years, with the first project a $22 million installation of a 3.8 million-gallon wastewater storage tank this summer.

3/27/2017

Lawmakers in Ulster County, N.Y., adopted a law that would require animal breeders to obtain permits from the county, allow routine inspections and provide a minimum standard of care to their animals. The measure now goes to County Executive Michael Hein for a public hearing before he signs or rejects it.

3/27/2017

The Ashland, Ky., Board of Commissioners has named West Virginia native Gary Huff as new city manager. "I want Ashland to prosper, and I want to help it be a community where everyone wants to live, work and stay," said Huff, who is currently city manager in Piqua, Ohio.

3/24/2017

Arlington County, Va., manager Mark Schwartz has presented county board members with a list of potential budget cuts that would facilitate a one-cent tax rate cut from his proposed 2018 budget. The $11.1 million optional cuts could affect libraries, parks, schools, human services, community planning, county jail staff and planned service improvements.

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3/24/2017

A committee of local emergency officials from will evaluate management concerns at the Porter County, Ind., 911 department after complaints from local police and fire departments. One area the committee will examine is an ongoing upgrade to an 800-megahertz emergency radio network.

3/24/2017

Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif., have adopted or are considering rules to prevent contractors who work on President Donald Trump's proposed border wall from being awarded city contracts. "I'm hoping that the more cities join in, the more powerful our voices will be in this movement to stop the wall," said Oakland City Council member Abel Guillen.

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3/24/2017

The city of South Perth, Australia, is working with Western Australia's Royal Automobile Club to trial an electric driverless bus that can carry up to 11 passengers for a distance of just under 2 miles. The RAC Intellibus has completed more than 350 trips so far, with 97% of passengers agreeing the technology could be useful.

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3/24/2017

St. Lawrence County, N.Y., has hired a risk manager to improve workplace safety for county, town and village staff with the goal of addressing rising workers' compensation claims. Workers' compensation payments cost the county about $120,000 per week, up from around $30,000 per week six years ago.

3/23/2017

City Council members in Lewiston, Maine, previewed the city's 2017-18 budget, in which administrator Ed Barrett proposed an overall increase of 6%. The increase would be the first since 2010, and would cover rising staff and benefit costs, debt service and other expenses, Barrett said.

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