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8/16/2019

The aftermath of Colorado's 416 Fire increased the likelihood of destructive flooding and debris flows. Now engineers and La Plata County crews have surveyed nearby properties and plan to begin $7 million worth of protective projects.

8/16/2019

Officials in Philadelphia are scrambling to keep up with higher-than-expected demand for municipal identification cards, having already issued more than three-quarters of the number they expected to distribute in 2019. The City Council has approved $130,000 to pay for additional cards, and the city has extended the hours residents can come in to apply for one.

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8/16/2019

Corpus Christi, Texas, announced a free after-school program that takes place at the city's four recreation centers. The program allows for school-aged children to have a safe place to finish homework and socialize after school.

8/15/2019

Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross negotiated directly with Maurice Hill, who shot six officers and held two hostage for hours Wednesday before giving himself up early today. The incident began when officers attempted to deliver a narcotics warrant.

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8/15/2019

Feedback is ideally immediate, positive, specific and development-focused, among 10 tips offered by leadership coach Naphtali Hoff. "People most appreciate feedback that helps them solve problems and improve," Hoff writes.

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8/15/2019

Darren Gray, city manager in Clermont, Fla., will be part of Leadership Florida's Cornerstone Class 38 for 2019-2020, joining business, education, nonprofit and government leaders from across the state for eight months of training. "I'm excited to connect with everyone and to bring back what I learn to benefit the City of Clermont, Choice of Champions," Gray says.

8/15/2019

The Cleveland Browns and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio held a free mini-clinic for children ages 8 to 14 to learn more about football. "It starts with engaging the youth and providing opportunities for them to play sports," says Browns official Jenner Takancic.

8/15/2019

Pendleton, Ore., could update older parks in its proposed five-year plan so that all locations are attractive, not just physically near residents. The department has been drafting the master plan itself rather than using a consultant.

8/15/2019

The Parks and Recreation department of Kirksville, Mo., has submitted revised plans for a city water park in an attempt to reduce costs. The new design features one swimming pool, a shallow pool area and a lazy river. The city is scheduled to seek bids starting Sept. 23.

8/15/2019

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a motion to allow free Wi-Fi at the 182 parks in the county. Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn noted in their motion that providing access to Wi-Fi would help residents who wouldn't have access to internet service otherwise.