The New York City Council has unanimously approved three bills that target K2 synthetic cannabis. The bills prohibit K2 sales, allow suspension of K2 sellers' cigarette-dealer license and let police halt K2 production and sales through public-nuisance laws.
The Carroll County, Md., Emergency Management department has launched a mobile application to inform residents of natural disasters. The free app, Prepare Me Carroll, sends alerts in case of flash flooding, road closures or other emergencies.
Union leaders have accused Solano County, Calif., officials of bad faith bargaining. Today is the deadline for authorizing a strike by approximately 1,800 workers. A contract expired Monday between the county and Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents social workers, public-health nurses, child-support specialists and others.
Thomas Hoover, town manager of Coventry, R.I., for six years, has retired after 50 years in municipal government. Hoover's career includes city management in Worcester, Mass.; Toledo, Ohio; and Royal Oak, Mich.
As water infrastructure ages at the Des Moines Water Works in Iowa -- as it is throughout the country -- the utility faces higher maintenance costs, reduced revenues and concerns about how to pay for new treatment plants. Des Moines is considering raising water rates by 10%.
How will parks look in the future, and how will visitors use them? This Minnesota Public Radio discussion looks at the past, present and future of parks, touching on issues such as sustainability and generational differences among visitors.
If empathetic leadership doesn't come naturally, try scheduling it, says Douglas Hutchings of Picasolar. Setting regular reminders to express appreciation of others can help make you a more empathetic boss, he explains. "It's easy to keep your head down and not notice the struggles that those around you are facing and overcoming," he warns.
Urban parks allow major cities to bring green space to their residents, writes Roger Germann, executive vice president of Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium. "Investments like these ensure that even the most urban centers offer an opportunity for residents to connect with nature, make memories and learn how critical efforts are to preserve native plants and animals," he writes.
The Rochester, Minn., City Council has adopted a measure that changes off-sale liquor hours at full-service liquor stores, brewpubs and small brewers. Licensees can operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breweries and brewpubs can sell growlers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The Bernalillo County, N.M., Board of Commissioners has approved a three-year contract for Julie Morgas Baca as county manager. Baca, a former deputy county manager, will succeed retiring County Manager Tom Zdunek.
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