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10/11/2018

First responders using the Axon Body 3 body camera, which is able to send live video, detect gunshots and upload evidence, will be able to use both AT&T FirstNet and Verizon's first responder network. First responder safety was a critical goal of the partnerships, both AT&T and Axon said.

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10/10/2018

Tourism and destination marketing is increasingly turning to social media and digital means, Dan Peltier writes. In Sonoma County, Calif., influencer marketing is helping to encourage outdoor recreation on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube.

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10/10/2018

The Squirrel Census is an effort to document the Eastern gray squirrel's presence in New York City's Central Park, with the mayor's office tweeting out a call for volunteers.

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10/10/2018

The Alabaster, Ala., city council voted to approve the position description for a city manager/planner position, an administrator-level post that has not been filled since 2013. Ward 5 Councilman Russell Bedsole said filling the administrator position, in addition to an executive director of engineering and infrastructure role, will "will streamline the management process throughout our city."

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10/9/2018

Research by Brene Brown suggests that many leaders are afraid to be vulnerable and trusting with their reports, instead directing them with an emphasis on compliance. "The biggest barrier to daring leadership is how we respond to our fear -- it's our armor that gets in the way," she writes.

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10/9/2018

Private-equity choices during the first three quarters of 2018 to invest in infrastructure, including roads, natural-gas pipelines and data centers, exceeded the same period in 2017 by 18%, totaling $68.2 billion. The initial $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump during his campaign has faced roadblocks, including matching-fund requirements of local municipalities and the administration's change of course to focus more closely on trade issues.

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10/9/2018

Officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, are considering strategies to curb emissions in an effort to improve air quality. The city is encouraging transit use over private vehicles and is pressing transportation companies to switch from fossil fuels to compressed natural gas.

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10/9/2018

City Council members in Austin, Texas, are examining the possibility of reducing or eliminating service fees for child care facilities in an effort to increase the availability of quality child care in the city. "By making accessible, high-quality care, parents are able to better participate in the workforce, and the children will have long-term better outcomes," says Cathy McHorse of the Austin Public Health and Child Care Work Group.

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10/9/2018

Work is scheduled to begin next year on a $15.8 million youth and family recreation complex near Worley, Idaho, after the plans were approved by its landowners, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. Plans call for a water park, indoor amenities, sports fields, a playground and other features.

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10/9/2018

Whether parks can help reduce crime is difficult to assess, according to crime experts. Residents near three South Carolina parks say the green space offers a valuable community asset and that complementary social programs can also help.