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11/21/2017

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County, Nev., officials have started a one-year pilot program for ShotSpotter in one area of the county to improve response times and more accurately locate gunshots. The service could expand to other areas, including the Las Vegas Strip and downtown area, if the pilot is successful.

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11/20/2017

Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.

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11/20/2017

Harris County, Texas, has sued chemical company Arkema over fires at one of its plants after Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit, which seeks up to $1 million in penalties and various improvements at the plant, alleges that Arkema violated environmental, safety and building regulations.

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11/20/2017

Invenergy continues to face local opposition in Freeborn County, Minn., over its proposed Freeborn Wind project, which is set to straddle Minnesota and Worth County, Iowa. Senior Manager Dan Litchfield said the 58-turbine phase of the project in Iowa is complete, has broad support in the state and will comply with Minnesota's turbine sound and siting regulations.

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11/20/2017

Every parks and recreation department is different, but each depends on a clear philosophy driven by the leader, writes Robbie Spencer, parks and recreation director in Antioch, Ill. "If other city departments around the area or state are doing things the same or a certain way, don't be afraid to be the trendsetter, not the follower," he argues.

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11/20/2017

A coastal conservation project finished this summer in Massachusetts is intended to preserve farmland, wetlands and other areas as part of the larger Allens Pond Conservation Completion Project. A trail and observation area are planned near Allens Pond.

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Allens Pond, Massachusetts
11/20/2017

Downtown Milwaukee now features Preservation Park, a 9,563-square-foot park with an 87-foot-long walkway that commemorates the property's history as a brewery.

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11/20/2017

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers fitness classes, walking clubs, creative programming, field trips and cultural events to keep seniors active, with most offerings free to people 55 and older.

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11/20/2017

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has purchased Stevens Creek, which contains 147 acres of land near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The land will be used to protect elk and other wildlife.

11/20/2017

The Pottstown and Royersford parks departments in Pennsylvania will receive $200,000 and $100,000, respectively, to pay for park improvements. The funds come from fees collected from drilling operations.