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4/3/2020

Officials in Routt County, Colo., have named a temporary replacement for City Manager Tom Sullivan, who retired from his post in March after serving the city for nearly two decades. Mark Collins, former city administrator in Sheridan, Wyo., will serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is hired.

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4/3/2020

City Manager Mark Jinks is reworking the municipal budget for Alexandria, Va., but the city will likely face a $35 million shortfall rather than the expected $5 million to $10 million surplus, Mayor Justin Wilson said this week. The city's budget planning process will be restarted and community members will be able to give feedback, most likely through online meetings.

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4/3/2020

York County, S.C., Sheriff Kevin Tolson is urging residents who call 911 to be truthful with dispatchers about contact with coronavirus patients, suspected cases or recent travel. "All we ask is for you to tell us how you're feeling, good or bad, so we can prepare our deputies properly before they get to you," Tolson says.

4/3/2020

The closure of parks and other outdoor areas due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn't need to keep people from reaping the health benefits of encountering nature, according to the organizers of the City Nature Challenge, which begins later this month. The challenge asks people to find wildlife and plants in their neighborhoods and report them using the iNaturalist app.

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4/3/2020

Officials in Shenzhen, China, have enacted the country's first law banning the consumption of cat, dog, snake, frog and turtle meat in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation stipulates that residents may cook and consume pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons, as well as seafood.

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Daily Mail (London)
4/2/2020

Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.

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4/2/2020

Officials in Albuquerque, N.M., are hoping to get around $150 million in coronavirus relief support from the federal government, but say the funding will not fill the gap left by declining sales tax revenue during the pandemic. The city had previously approved a $1.1 billion budget for fiscal 2020, which does not include extra costs for coronavirus response efforts.

4/2/2020

City Council members in Waldport, Ore., have voted unanimously to hire Dann Cutter, the current mayor, for the post of city manager. "The council and I have been very pleased to work with Mayor Dann, and we were very impressed with his application for the job and his interview with us," says council member Susan Woodruff.

4/2/2020

Recreation and park agencies in Hendersonville, Tenn., and Effingham County, Ga., have had to suspend sports leagues and other organized activities until at least April 24 because of the coronavirus. "My hope is that we get at least part of the season in when everyone is safe," said Effingham County recreation director Clarence Morgan.

4/2/2020

Bakersfield, Calif., and Pittsylvania County, Va., have closed playgrounds, citing recommendations issued this week by the National Recreation and Park Association. Other parks in Bakersfield are still open, as are Pittsylvania County's trails.