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Posted on September 22, 2014

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Still buzzin’ after last night’s Seahawks win!! Get your morning local government news with a side of Beastmode. Today’s stories feature an investment in DC’s Union Station, text messages as public record and more.

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Grand Ambitions for $7 Billion Investment in Washington D.C.’s Union Station – The Washington Post provides all the details, renderings, history, commentary, and more that one could want about Amtrak’s proposed $7 billion investment in Daniel Burnham’s historic Union Station.

Tacoma, like many cities, struggles with public disclosure of text messages – Sending a text message by cellphone is quick and easy. Saving those messages is anything but — and that’s a problem when public officials are the ones texting.

Bankruptcy in Detroit—The Tip of the Iceberg – By now, you’ve probably heard that Detroit has filed bankruptcy. You may have also heard about Detroit trying to shut off water to nearly 10 percent of its population or municipal pensioners fighting to save their pensions or various foundations saving Detroit’s art collection from creditors or various creditors trying to stop the bankruptcy filing in court.

Panel advises managers to prepare for pot – When you are an employee of a municipality or county in a state that has legalized marijuana, your opinion doesn’t matter. You have to deal with it, and that may not be easy.

Contractor walks off without finishing city of Huntsville sidewalks project – The City of Huntsville is looking to hire a new contractor after the original construction company walked off the job on the Safe Routes to Schools sidewalks project.

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Memo to employees questions city budget approach, pay plan – Joplin’s acting city manager, Sam Anselm, told city employees in a memo about a pay freeze resulting from budget concerns that he will do away with the city’s current performance evaluation system “that treats us like school kids.”

Council, panel to talk about Chico Airport – A joint Chico City Council and Chico Airport Commission meeting has some heavy-weight topics on the agenda, including airport management and the future of the airport.

Concerns raised over Garden Grove’s audit of fire department – A $24,000 publicly funded investigation into allegations regarding the Garden Grove Fire Department is not planned to result in a written report, raising questions of whether the City Council and the public will receive an accurate accounting of the audit.

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ELGL Northwest

Future of Eugene City Hall rests in final vote – At the urging of residents opposed to the demolition, the council called time out on the city’s plan to raze the shuttered, 50-year-old City Hall and build a smaller municipal government headquarters in its place.

Washington State Fair plans how to run a ‘city within a city’ each year – On any given day during the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, crowds that rival the city’s population visit the fairgrounds.

PBOT wants public help choosing new parking meters – The Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking the public to help test two brands of parking meters that the city is considering purchasing.

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ELGL Midwest

Floods delay Metro Detroit home sales – Following the flooding that left freeways and basements underwater, home sales took a temporary hit as people tried to clean up and get back on the market, real estate agents say. But real estate agents expect sales to bounce back quickly.

Middleton, OH turning up heat on ‘less desirables’ – One suspect recently arrested called Church Street “the skillet,” because of a Middletown police task force that turned up the heat on neighborhood crime, drug, and code enforcement issues.

City sees tax increase as only way to fix Springfield streets – City leaders say they see no other way to fix neighborhood streets than to ask Springfield voters to raise taxes, but business leaders have criticized the plan and said a tax increase isn’t the answer.

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ELGL Southeast

Fayetteville City Council ponders banning smoking on city property – The Fayetteville City Council has been asked to approved a new ordinance Monday that will ban smoking outside on city property, such as public parking lots, but permit smoking in designated areas in parks.

Hugo 25 years later: Rare Charlotte hurricane made history – Some longtime Charlotteans will tell you they were ready, that they had stocked up on batteries and ice as powerful Hurricane Hugo barreled toward the South Carolina coast 25 years ago.

Charlotte housing wait list opens for first time since 2007 – The last time the Charlotte Housing Authority invited people to put their name on the waiting list for federal housing subsidies, more than 10,000 people applied for 4,500 available spots in less than a week.



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Drop in AmeriCorps numbers reflects the improving economy – After nearly doubling between 2007 and 2013, the number of AmeriCorps participants in Arizona has dropped about 30 percent in the past year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

City of Midland seeks feedback on services, budget priorities – How well is the City of Midland meeting your needs? What do you think your city government’s fiscal priorities should be? The Midland City Council wants to know.

Man accused of stealing cop’s bike downtown – Bike patrol arrested the suspect after chasing him down Commerce Street to Travis and Soledad streets around 9:25 p.m. Friday and into a dead-end alley. The suspect attempted to escape by jumping into the San Antonio River, police said.


Social Media & Technology

How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology – Social media and other digital tools are transforming the roles of women and girls across the world, policymakers, activists and tech leaders told the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday.

How the World Is Predicting and Preparing for Climate Extremes – Prepping society for increased climate change and extreme weather, as well as addressing mitigation challenges, is a difficult task — but there’s still hope.

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