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9/21/2018

The City Council of Mattoon, Ill., has denied an ambulance service's appeal of the rejection of its bid to be a third provider. New ordinances restrict the number of ambulance services to two, and residents have expressed concerns about response times since the city discontinued the fire department's ambulance services.

9/21/2018

Neosho, Mo., Mayor Ben Baker announced that the city has hired Leland Butcher to take the role of city manager, a post that's been vacant for nearly two years. "Mr. Butcher has extensive experience in leadership and budgeting, and I think he's going to be a great asset to our city," Baker said.

9/21/2018

City Council members in Wellington, New Zealand, are set to vote on a deal that would see the city lease its newly opened social housing facilities to Housing New Zealand for the next five years. Officials say Wellington residents on a waiting list for social housing are also on Housing New Zealand's waiting list.

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9/20/2018

Norwalk, Conn., is working toward data-sharing agreements with three companies to implement connected-vehicle technology. The agreements are intended to allow the city to share real-time traffic signal information and get data from connected-vehicle apps to relieve congestion and enhance safety.

9/20/2018

The cost of providing housing for the homeless at New York City shelters is increasing, according to a report released by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The amount the city spent on average to provide housing for one single adult in a shelter rose from $99 a day during the 2017 fiscal year to $117 a day for the 2018 fiscal year.

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9/20/2018

The Brevard Zoo in Florida has received $10 million in funds from the county commission to help push forward a planned aquarium. The zoo plans to open the facility on the Banana River in Port Canaveral and intends to use it to advocate environmental conservation in the Indian River Lagoon. The aquarium could open by 2022.

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9/20/2018

Creating a positive daily routine and eliminating bad habits are two keys to maximizing use of time, Timothy Sykes writes. Set concrete deadlines, work with someone else to keep you accountable and schedule breaks from social media, Sykes adds.

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9/20/2018

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have decided to put off testing the "Presidential Alert" emergency warning system due to the dangers resulting from Hurricane Florence and its aftereffects; the test date has been moved from Sept. 20 to Oct. 3. The system will allow the president to send messages to cellphones during a national emergency, and users cannot opt out of receiving the messages.

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9/19/2018

The Prospect Park TreeKeeper Interactive Map was developed through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and includes results from a survey of about 12,000 trees from the New York City park. The trees generate more than $1.5 million in environmental benefits each year, the survey found.

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6sqft (New York City)
9/19/2018

Maximize your learning by avoiding shortcuts and trying new things, especially in areas that you typically avoid, writes Jesse Sostrin. "When you look for the easy way, you'll save some time -- but the lack of learning and growth will ultimately limit your progress," he writes.

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