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10/19/2020

Odessa, Texas, officials assert the city should receive sales taxes collected by Ector County businesses that are annexed into Odessa. Odessa Mayor David Turner says the issue lies with wording changes the state comptroller made when finalizing a county sales tax measure passed in 2018.

10/19/2020

Nairobi Metropolitan Services is organizing monthly cleanup sessions to reduce litter around the Kenyan capital. The agency also is constructing facilities in all 17 of the city's subcounties to sort and store waste.

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10/19/2020

New York City has enacted legislation allowing outdoor dining to continue into the winter months and permitting restaurants to use heaters in their outdoor dining areas. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, said outdoor dining "has been monumental to reviving thousands of struggling restaurants."

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10/19/2020

The Veterans Service Commission in Montgomery County, Ohio, is providing an aid program for veterans going through financial hardships because of the pandemic. The commission is offering $1,000 toward housing and utilities as well as $500 grocery vouchers to veterans who become unemployed or have seen their working hours reduced.

10/19/2020

City Council members in Rocklin, Calif., have unanimously appointed Vista, Calif., Assistant City Manager Aly Zimmermann to be Rocklin's next city manager. "Ms. Zimmermann's experience across a broad spectrum of public administration responsibilities, along with her creative approach to new economic development opportunities, make her an ideal candidate to build on Rocklin's success," Mayor Greg Janda said.

10/16/2020

City Council members in King County, Wash., this week voted to increase the local sales tax by 0.1% to generate an expected $70 million each year to purchase old hotel or nursing home spaces to provide housing for people without homes. The county houses approximately 650 individuals using federal funding, which is due to expire at year's end.

10/16/2020

Restaurants in downtown Boise, Idaho, will be permitted to extend outdoor dining spaces into the street through the end of next year, Mayor Lauren McLean announced this week. "It's really important to us that we do everything we can as a city to support our small business," McLean said.

10/16/2020

Officials in London, Ontario, are using an artificial intelligence system to anticipate when people might become chronically homeless, so the city can work to get them into safe housing. The program replaces individuals' names with numbers to protect their privacy and allows participants to withdraw at any time.

10/16/2020

City Council members in Belen, N.M., have voted unanimously to hire Retired Gen. Andrew Salas to serve as city manager. Salas is currently running for a commission seat in nearby Socorro County, but he says he doesn't believe there would be a conflict if he wins.

10/15/2020

Singapore is launching a reforestation campaign in a bid to reverse its 90% loss of mangrove forest. Plans include the planting of 1 million trees over a decade and establishment of a park network spanning 990 acres to provide habitat for migrating birds and other creatures.

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