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6/20/2019

Warwick, R.I., is moving parks and recreation out of the Department of Public Works into its own department starting next month. The change won't affect staff size but should allow the city to explore additional programming, says Parks and Recreation Director James Scott.

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Warwick Beacon (R.I.)
6/20/2019

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell is one of seven recipients of grants worth $150,000 from the Knight Foundation to improve public spaces. Ott Lovell said she wants to "think beyond traditional recreation" and possibly lease rec -enter space to businesses.

6/20/2019

The emergency communication system in Montgomery County, Md., experienced an outage with more than 2,200 system busies over Mother's Day weekend, followed by more disruptions that have public safety agencies turning to backup methods such as smartphone communication apps. The county is planning a new system, but complications have arisen due to issues including opposition to tower locations.

6/20/2019

Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding area occasionally experience delays of as long as 3 minutes in responses to 9-1-1 emergency calls because their dispatch systems and radios are dissimilar. Jurisdictions in Polk County, which includes Des Moines, are looking for solutions together but have decided not to pursue a shared option.

6/20/2019

The Village Board in Rosemont, Ill., voted last week to transfer 9-1-1 call center operations to nearby Franklin Park, satisfying a state requirement. Elsewhere, Butte and Meade counties in South Dakota are discussing merging their centers, and a new report recommends that Madison and Onondaga counties in New York do so.

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Franklin Park, Village Board
6/20/2019

9-1-1 dispatchers on Michigan's Upper Peninsula recently learned ways to identify potential homicide suspects by the way they speak on calls and act at crime scenes. "It's been a determined fact, especially in homicide cases, that 30% of the people that call and report a homicide are generally the people that did it or have guilty knowledge," said Kory Dykstra of the Michigan State Police.

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Michigan State Police
6/20/2019

Rhode Island lawmakers allocated $220,000 in the fiscal year 2020 budget to train 9-1-1 dispatchers in telephone CPR and other medical emergency responses. The move comes after the deaths of a baby and an adult in which dispatchers made mistakes in handling the 9-1-1 calls.

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The Public's Radio
6/20/2019

Researchers at the University of Washington used data from 9-1-1 calls to create an algorithm that could be used in smart speakers to detect when a person is having a heart attack. The algorithm is based on sounds of agonal breathing during a heart attack.

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University of Washington
6/19/2019

The US Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision allowing Baltimore County employees to recoup overpayments they made into the county's pension system. A district court will decide the amount of damages the county owes.

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The Baltimore Sun
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6/19/2019

An influx of asylum seekers in Portland, Maine, could put a strain on the Community Support Fund as the city tries to house and support migrants who are ineligible for state funds, says city manager Jon Jennings. Mayor Ethan Strimling says the expenses are "a small fraction of Portland's overall budget," and Jennings says he is concerned about the city's "limited resources."