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10/15/2018

Hurricane Michael ripped through several states after making landfall in Florida, leading to outages of power, water and telecommunications resources, while also causing flash flooding in Virginia. Emergency management authorities in Crisp County, Ga., focused on getting power restored and called on the services of the sheriff's office, the Forestry Commission, the Department of Natural Resources and inmates to repair storm damage.

10/15/2018

A 10-year lease approved by the Washoe, Nev., County Commission is intended to be used for a shelter to serve about 150 homeless women and children in Sparks, opening up more spaces in a downtown Reno facility for homeless men. A vote on the lease by the Nevada Board of Examiners is slated for Nov. 13.

10/12/2018

Municipalities in Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Maryland are among those that have banned children older than 12 from trick-or-treating, saying it will decrease vandalism. The age restriction in Chesapeake, Va., includes the ability to charge people with a misdemeanor that can land six months in jail and fines.

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10/12/2018

Officials in Eagle County, Colo., are asking residents to extend a property tax that funds the purchase and preservation of open spaces in the county. The tax is set to expire in 2025; the county hope to extend it at the same rate until 2040.

10/12/2018

Recovery efforts have begun in Florida cities and counties affected by Hurricane Michael, with communication among the challenges as municipal crews inspect and assess damaged infrastructure and blocked roads. "We have almost no lines of communication," said Mario Gisbert, city manager in Panama City Beach, Fla.

10/12/2018

Disney canceled plans for a 700-room luxury hotel in Anaheim, Calif., with the company blaming the city's ending a deal to rebate much of a transient occupancy tax. Separately, the city will consider a ballot measure next month to raise hourly wages to at least $18 an hour by 2022 -- a measure backed by unions representing Disney workers.

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10/11/2018

The first step to increased productivity is to stop acting and instead reflect on where we are and where we want to be, writes Naphtali Hoff. His other recommendations include scheduling the time we need and taking care of our bodies through activities and habits such as stretching, sleep and healthy eating.

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10/11/2018

The Bakersfield Police Department in California is reporting nuisance texts to 911, which could potentially cause an emergency to slip through the cracks. Police can only respond to four 911 texts at once.

10/11/2018

Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is urging City Council members to increase his department's overtime budget from $900,000 to $3 million or more annually. Lane says the department is controlling costs and that the budget is inadequate.

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10/11/2018

Mark Washington was sworn in this week as city manager of Grand Rapids, Mich., making him the city's first black manager. "It is clear to me that this city is a gutsy city, one that has worked through challenging times and difficult situations and has always come out better on the other end," he said.