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5/23/2017

The Dallas County, Ala., E-9-1-1 center and the sheriff's department are encouraging people to register their cellphones and landlines on the Smart9-1-1 website to help improve response times. "It's a good program. We just need more people to take advantage of it," said Capt. Mike Granthum of the sheriff's department.

5/23/2017

A half-cent sales tax implemented in October 2011 has netted more than $41 million for a new public safety center in Edmund, Okla. The center houses police headquarters, the 9-1-1 communication center and emergency management operations.

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5/23/2017

FirstNet will be an "innovation platform," with apps and capabilities that cannot be imagined today, said board member Teri Takai. Future technologies may make first responders less reliant on voice calls, Takai said.

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5/23/2017

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has re-introduced legislation promoting body cameras for police officers. The bill would allow departments with body camera programs to get federal aid for equipment and system setup.

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5/23/2017

Police officers in Kalispell, Mont., will begin wearing body cameras with night-vision, Wi-Fi connectivity, and video that automatically uploads to a wireless server when an officer drives up to the police station. The department hopes the cameras will reduce complaints against officers and help prosecute criminals.

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5/22/2017

City Council members in Walnut Creek, Calif., have unanimously approved an employment agreement to hire Dan Buckshi as city manager, beginning in August. City leaders say interim city manager Fran Robustelli will be a "tough act to follow," but they're confident Buckshi is the right choice.

5/19/2017

Jesus Olivares announced his resignation as city manager of Laredo, Texas, at a City Council meeting this week, as council members were debating whether to put him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an FBI investigation. Assistant city manager Horacio De Leon will take over as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found.

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5/18/2017

City Council members in Calgary, Alberta, have approved a $4.6 billion plan to construct an underground light-rail line in the city's downtown. The city has committed $1.56 billion to the project, the federal government has committed $1.5 billion and officials are asking the province to cover the remaining costs.

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5/18/2017

City Council members in Tacoma, Wash., have tapped interim city manager Elizabeth Pauli to stay on permanently. Pauli had initially declined the position, but says she changed her mind after being approached by several people who asked her to reconsider.

5/18/2017

The QueensWay in New York City's Queens borough would have a High Line-like design under plans released by Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay this week. The first half-mile of the proposed 3.5-mile-long elevated park would offer outdoor classrooms and other learning opportunities.