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1/27/2020

The city of Wuhan, China has begun constructing a temporary 1,000-bed hospital, which officials hope to open Feb. 3 to treat victims of the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has killed at least 41 people. Several Chinese cities, including Beijing and Wuhan, have enacted emergency rules limiting travel and banning public gatherings in an attempt to contain the disease.

1/24/2020

The city of Minneapolis is not authorized to operate the Commons park adjacent to US Bank Stadium because that is the responsibility of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. Control of the park has gone between the city and board since it opened in 2016.

1/23/2020

Officials in Bayfield County, Wis., have passed legislation that will set fencing, transport and inspection requirements for deer farms in the county in an effort to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease among the animals. Critics of the ordinance say the county is unfairly targeting deer farmers, which could deter new farmers from entering the industry.

1/23/2020

Be clear with a struggling employee about what's going wrong, work with them to identify problems and possible solutions, and praise them as they progress, writes Lolly Daskal. "Great leadership is having the ability to facilitate movement in the needed direction and have people feel good about it, so that even a struggling employee can feel empowered," she writes.

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1/23/2020

Officials in Hidalgo County, N.M., say that $3 million in funding from the state will provide much-needed upgrades to emergency communications equipment that will allow emergency responders to maintain contact in remote parts of the county. The county expects to deploy new mobile and portable equipment and erect new towers by March of this year.

1/23/2020

Officials in Galway, Ireland, say a redevelopment project north of the city's center could become a new sustainable neighborhood with as many as 1,000 new homes to help address expected population growth over the next 20 years. City Council chief executive Brendan McGrath says the project could also "act as a catalyst for the wider redevelopment of Liosbaun and the Headford Road area."

1/23/2020

Members of the Ethics Board in Tallahassee, Fla., are working to develop new guidelines for city officials meeting with lobbyists with the goal of increasing transparency among elected officials and lobbying groups. The board says reform in the city is necessary following two high-profile ethics cases involving city officials.

1/23/2020

City Council members in Paola, Kan., have chosen Iola, Kan., city administrator Sid Fleming to replace Jay Wieland, who retired last week. "I look forward to joining the city of Paola team, working in the community, and cultivating new relationships," Fleming says.

1/23/2020

Mt. Philo State Park in Vermont will undergo renovations this spring to help accommodate a 30% jump in visitors since 2018. The upgrades are part of a long-range management plan and will include better parking, signage and summit access.

1/23/2020

Brooks Truitt Park and the Bill Conlin Youth Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif., have added free Wi-Fi from sunrise to sunset under a deal with Verizon. The partnership began last year, and nearly two dozen more parks are expected to have Wi-Fi by year's end.

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