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7/25/2017

Residents in Walker County, Ga., will likely see an increase in property tax bills after an audit found that the county is $69.9 million in debt, says county Commissioner Shannon Whitfield. Whitfield plans to meet with the board of assessors to examine how total property values are going to change this year and determine a millage rate increase.

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7/25/2017

Columbia, Mo., City Manager Mike Matthes is proposing hiring civilians to take over some positions currently held by police officers, freeing them up for duties that require policing power. "We can hire a civilian at half the cost of a police officer," he says.

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7/25/2017

Officials in Rockford, Mich., have chosen Otsego City Manager Thad Beard as city manager after the unexpected death of previous City Manager Michael Young.

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7/25/2017

Changes in climate are contributing to an increase in blue-green algae blooms in recreational freshwater rivers, lakes and streams, write Matt Graul and Becky Tuden of the East Bay Regional Park District in California. Cyanotoxins in such algae pose potential health risks for people and animals.

7/25/2017

Pennsylvania teens helped build a trail in a state park and interacted with employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources about career opportunities. The teens were part of the PA Outdoor Corps program.

7/25/2017

A former quarry spanning 568 acres will be developed into housing and 62 acres of park land in Franklin County, Ohio. The park will include picnic areas, trails, canoeing and quarry wall climbing.

7/25/2017

The Open Space Plan in two Arkansas counties is a voluntary program identifying tracts of land to preserve through land purchases and donations.

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7/25/2017

The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership has awarded a $400,000 grant to Columbia, Mo., to help pay for expanding a park into a demonstration farm. The plans call for 3 acres of food production, among other features.

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7/25/2017

The Trust for Public Land's Richard Lukas talks about the four years he spent working with residents to create a park in Washington, D.C., and the lessons he learned in building community and consensus.

7/25/2017

New Hampshire is developing new procedures for first responders to protect them from contact with opioids. The Manchester Fire Department has one responder stand back from the rest of the crew to act as a safety officer.