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10/1/2020

Deputies, county jail staffers and county clerk employees in McCracken County, Ky., will receive pay increases by the beginning of 2021 under a fiscal court resolution aimed at improving local staff recruitment and retention. The raises will be funded by increasing the local property tax to 10.5 cents from 10.1 cents per $100 value.

10/1/2020

Officials in Summit County, Utah, say the county could shift municipal power usage entirely to renewable energy sources seven years before its initial goal of 2030. The county is working in partnership with nearby municipalities to ensure demand for an 80-megawatt solar farm in the region.

10/1/2020

Members of a City Council subcommittee in Richmond, Va., this week voted 2 to 1 against banning local law enforcement officers from using nonlethal weapons against protesters. The resolution will come before the entire council for a final decision.

10/1/2020

The California Department of Public Health on Monday released safety guidelines for playgrounds to welcome visitors again. San Francisco will do so Oct. 14.

10/1/2020

The Greenfield, Mass., Recreation Department is holding a free monthly series of events for middle-school students, including art projects. "Middle schoolers are at that age where they need, don't want, supervision, so we need to develop relationships with them and find activities for them to do together," Recreation Department Director Christy Moore said.

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10/1/2020

The St. Paul, Minn., Parks and Recreation Department is battling an emerald ash borer infestation by removing ash trees, which has created a backlog in other tree-related services. The department has also reduced other services and programs because of budget cuts.

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10/1/2020

Toms River, N.J., on Tuesday opened an outdoor fitness court with seven workout stations at the township's Veterans Park. "During the pandemic, when residents have limited or no access to their regular gyms, it is particularly important that we continue to support health and wellness by providing outdoor exercise equipment," Councilwoman Laurie Huryk says.

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10/1/2020

Saginaw County, Mich., will open a natural recreation area next year at a former General Motors industrial property. The 334-acre park will be managed in partnership with the state Department of Natural Resources, which purchased the land.

10/1/2020

The Livonia, Mich., Parks and Recreation Department is using a $16,928 grant from the HomeServe Cares Foundation to install two self-operable lifts at public pools for people with limited mobility. The grant was obtained by St. Mary Mercy Livonia hospital as part of the Healthy Livonia campaign.

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10/1/2020

9-1-1 service in parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington state was down for up to an hour Monday. Telecom company Lumen attributed the outage to "a vendor partner event" in seven of the states, but the cause in the other states remains unclear.

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