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5/17/2018

A children's summer lunch program in Pittsburg, Kan., has received a $35,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association's Commit to Health effort. Pittsburg's out-of-school-time program aims to provide healthy midday meals.

5/17/2018

The Lexington, Ky., Emergency Operations Center lost power for 16 minutes during routine maintenance, but dispatchers were able to use backup radios to communicate with first responders after two minutes. E-9-1-1 Director Robert Stack promptly sent half of the dispatchers and operators to a backup center in police headquarters.

5/17/2018

Highland, Ill., has signed new one-year contracts with police dispatchers, although a neighboring county recently filed a complaint stating keeping the dispatchers may not be in line with the state's mandate that 9-1-1 call centers consolidate. Madison County, which contains Highland, will close seven call centers, and Highland plans to give its dispatchers other duties when it consolidates with the Collinsville, Ill., dispatch facility.

5/17/2018

A temporary order bars the New York Police Department from releasing body camera footage to the public until a panel of judges decides on a police union's appeal to have the videos classified as personnel records. Current policy allows the commissioner to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to release footage.

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5/16/2018

The Chesterton and Porter, Ind., police departments are recommending against their dispatch center joining the Porter County Enhanced 911 center. The reasons for opposing the consolidation include the high quality the dispatch center provides the communities now, concerns about officer safety due to increased radio traffic and unknown costs.

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5/16/2018

Officials in the southern China city of Shenzhen have given permission for tech firm Tencent Holdings to test self-driving vehicles on city streets. The city is requiring that autonomous vehicles have a human driver and another person in the car for safety reasons.

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5/16/2018

Adding smart technology to parks can improve management of the countryside while also improving visitors' experience, a study finds. Among the recommendations are the use of car-sharing apps, smartphone navigation and sensors to alert when trash cans are full.

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5/16/2018

A trail at Cold Spring Harbor State Park in Suffolk County, N.Y., now features numbered markers to help emergency staff locate people in need. The markers are linked to longitude and latitude coordinates and part of the geographic information system mapping of the area.

5/16/2018

A survey revealed preferences for shade and swings, among other features, in the planned $2 million renovation of Petworth Park in Washington, D.C. Basketball courts are also part of the plans, and while the survey revealed only 18% of respondents use existing courts, teenagers who are more likely to play basketball totaled only 1% of respondents.

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5/16/2018

Plymouth and Plymouth Township, Mich., officials have created a joint parks and recreation master plan that will be submitted to the state Department of Natural Resources. A survey revealed residents want more connected sidewalks and cycling paths, among other features.