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5/24/2018

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a law that will require 9-1-1 centers to have dispatchers trained to give CPR instructions over the phone or to transfer callers to a center that can provide the information. "It's been identified as a national issue, there is no mandated training," said Christine Westrich, Milwaukee County emergency management director.

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5/24/2018

Unless changes are made, Denver expects its emergency response time to slow significantly by 2022 to just 82% of calls answered in 15 seconds, compared with 92% now. The city currently has an extra charge on local phone bills to fund 9-1-1, and a new proposal would increase that charge on cellphones and landlines from $0.70 to $1.20 per month.

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5/24/2018

AT&T says it expects more public safety organizations to switch to FirstNet from Verizon for broadband service during the second half of the year. "The benefit for them is that not only do they get onto a dedicated core with a fallback on the commercial network, but they also get features like preemption and all of those sorts of things that provide them benefits," AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan said.

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5/23/2018

Naperville, Ill., collected $614,000 in gas tax revenue during the first quarter of 2018, a drop of 6% from the previous year, officials say. The city plans to analyze the decrease and watch for further changes in the revenue, which funds city road maintenance and improvements.

5/23/2018

City council members in Riverside, Calif., have voted unanimously to offer the position of city manager to Al Zelinka, one of the city's three assistant managers. "We have an amazing talent in Al Zelinka, and it's going to be exciting to work with him," said council member Steve Adams.

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5/23/2018

Philadelphia's Rail Park, which opens next month in its first phase, is a project aimed at supporting the city's efforts to shine while meeting community needs, Tate Williams writes. Foundations and individual donors have contributed, while funding is enabling the Friends of Rail Park to become a full-time operation.

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5/23/2018

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is offering free parking passes in partnership with car-rental companies to encourage visits to Oregon state parks, with one company also aiming to offer passes at Washington parks. "One proven barrier to this outdoor recreation for many people is a lack of transportation," the foundation said.

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5/23/2018

The parks and recreation department in East Chicago, Ind., hosted three focus groups and a survey to gather public insight ahead of creating a five-year master plan. Residents requested a skating rink, although parks Director Mayra Acosta said finding a suitable location is the challenge.

5/23/2018

The hashtag #ILtop200 is being used to promote a list of Illinois' 200 scenic locations as ranked in a vote organized by a museum, newspaper and state bicentennial commission. The top five includes "The Eternal Indian" statue in Lowden State Park and the entirety of Starved Rock State Park.

5/22/2018

If you struggle to actively listen, try committing to the moment and striving to understand the speaker's message and the emotions behind it. "Get into a place of understanding, where you're both speaking the same language, figuratively and literally," Stephanie Vozza writes.

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