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Chicago considers $5 'safety fee' to fund police
Chicago Sun-Times via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chicago should impose a "safety and security fee" — as high as $5 a month on homes and businesses — to generate the $70 million needed to hire 700 additional police officers, an influential alderman said recently. More

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New Orleans says no to drones at Super Bowl
U.S. News and World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There won't be drones buzzing high over the Super Bowl in New Orleans this February, after all. But city officials say they could use drones at other high profile events, including Mardis Gras. Multiple city officials, including Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Jerry Sneed, told The Lens, a New Orleans investigative journalism website, that the city had acquired a Department of Homeland Security drone to monitor crowds at the Super Bowl. But the city and DHS have apparently decided to reverse course and will use a manned helicopter instead. More

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill putting freeze on state park closures
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation setting a two-year moratorium on closing state parks in the wake of a scandal in which some parks officials hid surplus funds while facilities were threatened with being shuttered. More

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Court: Army Corps of Engineers not liable for Katrina damage
Reuters via PropertyCasualty360    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A U.S. appeals court has reversed itself and found that the Army Corps of Engineers cannot be held liable in property owners' lawsuits over flood damage during Hurricane Katrina. More than 400 property owners had filed lawsuits after the August 2005 hurricane, many targeting the Corps of Engineers. More

UPMC among nonprofits eager to avoid paying property taxes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most nonprofits that own land are eager to avoid paying property taxes, and UPMC — the biggest private-sector beneficiary of tax-exempt status in Allegheny County — is no different. But in a rare move, UPMC this year guaranteed South Fayette a steady flow of money on a parcel it is buying from the township for an $18.5 million branch of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, even though the land could become tax-exempt. More

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Police: Woman to be charged in Detroit City Hall security incident
The Detroit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A security incident at City Hall recently has underscored some council members' concern about their safety while conducting the city's business. A woman is expected to be charged with carrying a concealed weapon after she was detained by Wayne County Sheriff deputies at a security checkpoint at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. More

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