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5/18/2018

Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, have accepted City Manager Margie Rose's resignation, tendered after two years in her current post and 16 serving the city. Rose -- who was both the first black and first female city manager in Corpus Christi -- resigned effective May 16 and assistant City Manager Keith Selman will take over until a permanent replacement is found.

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5/17/2018

Iowa's Dubuque County, along with the city of Dubuque and the Dubuque school system are looking into connecting their video camera systems to assist first responders in emergency situations. Officials will perform tests and then draft a proposal.

5/17/2018

Winona, Mo.'s two full-time dispatchers were laid off last week because of funding problems, and the city and Shannon County will dispatch emergency calls temporarily. During the day, calls will go straight to a police officer on duty, and at night the Shannon County Sheriff's Office will take the calls and dispatch them to a Winona police officer.

5/17/2018

Commissioner James O'Neill of the New York Police Department has announced a working group to examine the city's marijuana enforcement policy, with the goal of eliminating racial disparities in arrests. In 2017, 86% of people arrested for low-level marijuana possession in the city were black or Hispanic.

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Observer
5/17/2018

Police officers in the Chicago suburb of Mundelein will have to undergo a physical fitness assessment and meet with a psychologist as part of an updated wellness plan. "The whole focus is to provide the officer with tools and techniques to manage stress better," said Police Chief Eric Guenther.

5/17/2018

Skateboarding's popularity means parks and recreation agencies should consider skate parks as a benefit to the community and economy, writes National Recreation and Park Association media specialist Suzanne Nathan. Skate parks offer enthusiasts a safe place to play and encourage young people to be active, she writes.

5/17/2018

Saturday is the National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day, with more than 500 events scheduled as part of an effort to get children and families outside to experience parks and public land.

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USA Today
5/17/2018

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in North Carolina is working with a university researcher to record and analyze bat sounds in the county's natural areas, with the effort moving to an urban section of Charlotte. The effort will help identify which bats live where.

5/17/2018

A former brownfield in Oak Creek, Wis., will open to the public this summer as a lakefront green space. Lake Vista Park will host native plants and grasses, a central stone tower that evokes a lighthouse and other features.

5/17/2018

The Seattle Every Kid in a Park Collaborative aims to provide outdoor experiences for the city's children. This year, the program is focused on schools with a high number of students from low-income families.