No kites, pigeon flying as China preps for 70th anniversary
BEIJING (AP) — China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing for more than two weeks as it prepares for a military parade and other celebrations to mark the 70th...
Officer in Mexico’s National Guard killed in shootout
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's new National Guard force suffered its first casualty in the line of duty, when an officer was killed in a shootout with a gang.
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — A dispute over the mayor's guilty plea to stealing campaign funds has left a suburban New York community with two men who claim to be mayor.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A second small Florida city this month has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers who took over most of its computer operations, an official said Wednesday, while a...
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a plan to divide money among local governments in the case of a settlement of lawsuits over the toll of opioids (all times local):
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The future of the left-wing mayors of Spain's two biggest cities is being decided as political parties work against the clock to determine who will govern the country's...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new local law will ban Mississippi's largest city from asking people about their salary history when they apply for municipal government jobs.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued a southwestern Missouri city on Thursday for allegedly using traffic ticket quotas to generate revenue for the municipal...
Utah cities to help bring electricity to more Navajos
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several Utah municipal governments are planning to send city workers this spring to help the Navajo Utility Tribal Authority bring electricity to members of the Navajo Nation...
NYC adding 50 ‘solar carports’ to power its electric cars
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is more than doubling its number of solar-powered charging stations for the city government's electric vehicles.
City Hall announced Friday that it's deploying 50 more so-called "solar carports," adding to 37 already in use. Each can recharge up to three electric vehicles a day.
City workers use over 1,700 electric vehicles. The city says it's the largest such fleet owned by any municipal government in the U.S.
Chicago mayor: Hike gas tax to pay for transportation fix
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the state's motor-fuel tax should be increased to fund highway and bridge improvements.
The Democrat and colleagues from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus said Tuesday the 19-cents-per-gallon tax should be increased by as much as 30 cents . The caucus represents 275 municipal governments in Chicago and its suburbs.
Calgary bid for 2026 Winter Olympics iced by City Council
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary's bid to hold the 2026 Winter Olympics is over.
The City Council voted Monday to end the bid following last week's nonbinding vote in which 56 percent of those who went to the polls voted against the games.
Stockholm and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo are still in the running for 2026.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One New England city is ordering a California company's electric stand-up scooters off its streets and another is scrambling to craft new scooter rules since the rental vehicles began appearing last week with no warning.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire broke out at a recycling plant on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday, sending thick clouds of heavy black smoke billowing across the border city and into neighboring El Paso, Texas.
The Juarez municipal government said via Twitter that the fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. on a 911 call. By early evening, it reported that the blaze had been brought under control with a perimeter established, but said firefighters were still trying to extinguish it.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe's city manager has resigned at the request of the mayor.
City Manager Brian Snyder had approved pay hikes of 10 percent and 15 percent for 37 staff members on the eve of the Mayor Alan Webber's inauguration last month.
Webber says the municipal government will halt the pay increases Snyder had approved.
With a month remaining until the election, backers of the dueling city auditor measures faced off publicly for the first time Friday, disagreeing about every major part of the opposing measures as they attempted to sway voters to their side.
The debate before the City Club of Eugene included 15-minute opening statements by backers of each measure and a question-and-answer session.
Editor: The Luzerne County Road and Bridge Department is responsible for maintaining the roads and bridges that Luzerne County owns. The majority of the county roads and bridges are in boroughs and townships that handed them over to the county during the Great Depression because the municipal governments were unable to maintain them. Last year, Luzerne County tried to implement the $5 registration fee for residents to pay for the county roads and bridges. The resolution was removed from voting...
JUST DAYS after Kevin Murphy occupied the city manager's office at City Hall in April 2014, a well-known and respected figure in state municipal government circles joined him and has been at his side since: Robert Healy.
A Lowell resident and Mt. Pleasant Golf Club regular like Murphy, Healy honed his municipal skills as the longtime Cambridge city manager. Healy would seldom be seen at public events, but at City Hall he was viewed as an integral cog in the Murphy machine.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An appeals court has declined to reinstate a year of retirement benefits for a former New Jersey mayor who worked as a college professor, citing his federal conviction.
The Town of Tyngsboro can take another step toward government efficiency and professional management Tuesday night when Town Meeting voters decide on a new municipal charter proposal
The Sun endorses the proposal. It is an outgrowth of three years of discussions and public hearings held by the town's Government Study Commission.
Assailants attack public property in northeastern Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Assailants torched cars and damaged buildings Sunday in a series of attacks on public property in Brazil's northeastern state of Ceara, law enforcement officials said.
The city’s public bank task force will not recommend that the municipal government pursue a Public Bank of Santa Fe, according to a draft of the panel’s final report.
Instead, after finding the establishment of a public bank in the state capital would face legal and regulatory hurdles, the task force will encourage the city to put its efforts toward working with state-level partners on a potential Public Bank of New Mexico.
Two candidates are vying for a seat on the Sun Prairie City Council in District 1 in the April 3 election. Terms are for two years. (I) indicates incumbent.
Chris M. Astrella
Address: 744 Bluestem Court
Family: Married to Dr. Julie Astrella
Job: Implementation and Matterport media specialist for ABODO; 12½ years of experience in municipal government as a deputy clerk/treasurer and clerk/treasurer
Prior elected office: Elected president of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association
Ferry blast injures passengers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting as many as 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Danbury area faces tax pressures after slow recovery from Great Recession
DANBURY — The slow recovery of property values in the Danbury region since the Great Recession, combined with the increasing cost of municipal government, has helped push local tax rates steadily upward.
In some towns — notably Brookfield and New Fairfield — there was no recovery at all, and tax rates in those towns rose close to 50 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to state figures.
Cave-in at south China subway construction site kills 8
BEIJING (AP) — A cave-in at a subway line construction site in southern China killed eight people and left three others missing, authorities said Thursday.
The municipal government in Foshan said the collapse occurred at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday and that nine workers were rescued and were in stable condition.
Foshan is in the industrial heartland of Guangdong province, close to the financial hub of Hong Kong.
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Plan would send more tax money to cities for roads, water
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cities would receive a slightly larger share of Mississippi sales tax collections under a plan that lawmakers are debating.
Senators voted 42-9 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2455 . It would require cities to spend the extra money on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and water and sewer lines. The bill goes to the House for more work.
Capitol Watch: De Blasio heads to Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio heads to the state Capitol, the race for governor gets off to a testy start and lawmakers mount another effort to rein in money in politics.
Pennsylvania gas drilling fee revenue rebounded in 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rebounding prices for natural gas and a growth in new wells exploring Pennsylvania's vast Marcellus Shale reservoir are fueling a recovery in fee revenue for state programs and county and municipal governments.
The Independent Fiscal Office projected Wednesday that impact fee collections for 2017 will be just above $219 million, $46 million more than 2016's low point of $173 million.
Kansas legislators denounce municipal ‘seat shopping’
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are condemning the practice of municipal government and school board members resigning from office with the expectation of being quickly reappointed to a different vacancy to artificially extend their terms.
Former head of San Antonio’s tricentennial quits the city altogether
Former Tricentennial Executive Director Edward Benavides, who resigned from the position in November and has been on paid time off as a municipal employee, has resigned from the city, according to a memo from City Manager Sheryl Sculley.
The city is braced for more winter woe after a massive storm roared into the region Thursday, bringing snow, frigid temperatures and extreme winds.
Temperatures will plummet into single-digit territory in Philadelphia on Friday. The forecast is for 7 degrees. Brutal winds will make the air feel like minus-15 degrees, according to the Channel 10 NBC weather forecast.
Fort Wayne and Allen County officials this winter are part of an avalanche : of lawsuits.
Government entities : states, counties, cities and towns : are filing legal action to hold drugmakers, wholesale distributors and others financially responsible for consequences of the nation's opioid epidemic.
The powerful prescription painkilling drugs ended the lives of about 150 Fort Wayne residents in 2017 alone. The lawsuits contend there are other victims : taxpayers.
Few cities have pot laws as licensing requests begin
Lansing — The state will begin accepting license applications Friday for just about every aspect of the medical marijuana business, but not every Michigan city, township or village has yet voted to allow them.
Thirty-three Michigan municipalities have approved ordinances allowing medical marijuana businesses and another 14 have drafted rules but not voted on them yet, according to a California-based company called Weedmaps, which maps dispensary locations for patients.
The proposed Eugene city auditor’s office would have sweeping authority to examine not only the operations and spending of the city’s municipal government, but also the Eugene Water & Electric Board, the Lane Transit District and even private garbage haulers, according to a lead advocate of the measure.
City’s largest minority-owned vendor seeks continued commitment for its services
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Public Property has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contract that currently accounts for nearly 15 percent of the municipal government’s total women and minority owned business inclusion.
An investigation by the Illinois News Network found the three metro communities of Kankakee, Bradley and Bourbonnais spent more than $26,000 for hotels and food at a Chicago conference.
Documents showed Bourbonnais taxpayers were hit for $10,814; Kankakee, $9,933; and Bradley, $6,074 at the Illinois Municipal League's Sept. 21-23 annual conference. All three municipalities are members of the IML.
Tax overhaul could chill US affordable housing construction
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Municipal governments worry the tax overhaul in Washington, D.C. could chill the construction of affordable housing as homelessness reaches a crisis point on the West Coast.
Officials with the housing authority in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday the U.S. could lose nearly 1 million units of affordable housing over 10 years if the final bill eliminates the tax-exempt status for a type of bond commonly used by developers to finance affordable housing.
Women make gains in Utah’s recent elections
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — This year's election season brought historic wins for women in Utah, where at least four cities elected their first female mayors.
Insurer says troubled town must comply with conditions
VICTORY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont organization that serves the state's municipal governments says the town of Victory comply with certain conditions of probation or lose its insurance.
La PORTE — City officials have signed a contract for legal services rather than hiring a salaried employee to fill the position of city attorney.
“Our firm represents 10 school corporations, all the public schools in La Porte County, so we’re familiar with working with governmental agencies,” said Nicholas Otis, an attorney with the law firm of Newby Lewis Kaminski Jones.
Ads or free speech? Court ponders signs blasting a business
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether local governments have the right to regulate signs on private property that criticize local businesses.
Seven years ago, Milford resident Eileen Arisian erected signs on her lawn expressing her dissatisfaction with the work of a home contractor and pointing out that the business was facing lawsuits.
Lake Havasu City will get a new top administrator next year, but the search for a new city manager is far from over.
Ascension sheriff gives nod for property tax exemptions to two code-name projects, mulling two others
GONZALES — Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said he has agreed to the full, eight-year industrial tax exemption for two of the four companies planning $462 million in combined industrial construction in the parish.
I've gotten to know Brandon Robbins very well over the last several years. He began volunteering at Ginny's Helping Hand two years ago and now works for us. Ginny's is a local, nonprofit food pantry and thrift store that serves those in need throughout the region.
Tesei brings 29 years in local goverment to quest for sixth term as first selectman
GREENWICH — For 10 years, First Selectman Peter Tesei has been the face of Greenwich’s municipal government. Now he is attempting to make history by running for a sixth term.If re-elected next month he will become the longest serving first selectman since the position became full time 40 years ago.“I have a passion for service and for people,” Tesei said. “Being a fifth-generation resident of Greenwich, I take great pride in the community and its people. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to...
Donora is eyeing a state program designed to help financially struggling municipal governments improve their fiscal position as the Mon Valley borough wrestles with a budget deficit.Borough council heard a presentation Tuesday by Michael Forman of the state Department of Community and Economic Development. The special meeting was called to discuss the agency's Early Intervention Program, which is designed to be "a pre-emptive step for municipalities who feel as if their financial situation,...
The Latest: Protesters rally against Catalan independence
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Catalonia's plans to hold a referendum Sunday on breaking away from Spain (all times local):
Protesters rallying against a referendum on Catalonia declaring independence from Spain have scaled windows of Barcelona's town hall and attempted to tear down a banner calling for "more democracy."
The sign, written in Catalan, had been placed there by the municipal government amid Spain's intensifying crackdown to prevent the vote.