In today’s Buzz the FBI investigates for fraud, the snow causes flooding and Utah sues Discovery.

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What Trip I’m Planning – Brighton, CO – for my wedding open house with my parents and wife this weekend.


Donald Trump holds his first press conference – Since the election, Trump hasn’t held a press conference. All that changed yesterday. Highlights: Trump “thinks” Russia hacked the election, he’s still building the wall, and Obamacare will still be repealed.

Dylan Roof has been sentenced to death – One day after the jury recommended it, District Court Judge Richard Gerge the formal sentence.

China Crackdown sends Bitcoin sliding – As Beijing tries to crack down on money leaving the country, Bitcoin’s market value fell by more than 16%.  



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FBI raid Orange City hall in ongoing fraud investigation – NEW JERSEY FBI agents raided Orange City Hall on Wednesday morning and the building was shut down as the investigation into alleged fraud and money laundering continues to unfold.

Planning document envisions new Cape city hall with safe room – MISSOURI A new Cape Girardeau City Hall could be on the drawing board within the next several years.The proposed $11.25 million project, which could include a safe room that would double as City Council chambers, is listed on the latest draft of the city’s five-year plan of capital improvement projects.

Cleveland police to begin training on new use-of-force policy – OHIO The Cleveland police department’s staggering backlog of uninvestigated citizen complaints and the department’s progress in implementing a federal consent decree governing police use of force took center stage during a City Council Safety Committee meeting Wednesday.

County, city dispute park land development – FLORIDA The future of an 82-acre swath of untamed property in Palm Beach Gardens will be a park, but the county and city are at odds over who should develop it.

As snow melts in Salem, emergency declared statewide -While the Portland Metro area got covered with up to a foot of snow, the Mid-Willamette Valley got a mixture of snow and rain as a weather system made its way through Oregon this week.

Utah.gov one the country’s most honored websites – Utah.Gov finishes the year once again as one of the most honored government websites. Utah’s online services were recognized with 20 awards in 2016.

Local Government Confidential

Utah environmentalists file suit against Discovery Channel’s Diesel Brothers – A local environmental group has made good on its threat to sue the TV personalities known as the Diesel Brothers.Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment is claiming in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the four men made illegal modifications to the pollution-control systems on diesel vehicles at their Utah businesses.

Simpsonville hires new city administrator – SOUTH CAROLINA The City of Simpsonville announces the hiring of Eddie Case as the new City Administrator of Simpsonville, filling the position that was vacated on January 6, 2017 with the resignation of former administrator, David Dyrhaug.

Crookston taking applications for new mayor – MINNESOTA A committee will accept applications for Crookston’s next mayor after city leaders failed to endorse a former council member for the job.