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Alabama city to install cameras in high-crime areas

Sep. 26, 2018 1:41 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city plans to install nearly 100 cameras in its high-crime areas over the next three months. Al.com reports the Birmingham City Council passed legislation Tuesday allowing Mayor Randall L. Woodfin to enter a contract with Alabama Power for a surveillance camera pilot...

Phoenix council to mull future of light-rail extension

Sep. 26, 2018 1:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A special meeting of the Phoenix City Council has been called to mull the future of a planned light-rail expansion into a working class Latino and African-American community. The meeting to discuss the 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) extension that voters approved several years ago will be at 2:30...

Federal officials tell Honolulu to raise rail project price

Sep. 26, 2018 1:07 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal officials have told the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation that it needs to raise the price tag for construction of the 20-mile (32-kilometer) rail project by $134 million. Authority Executive Director Andrew Robbins told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the Federal...

Fairbanks greenlights reality TV show featuring city police

Sep. 26, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks officials have greenlighted a contract that could lead to a reality TV show highlighting the city's police department. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the city council approved Mayor Jim Matherly's request Monday to partner with Engle Entertainment on a show...

NYS comptroller: localities in significant stress grows

Sep. 26, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

ALBANY , N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says more local governments are under significant fiscal stress. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the overall number of fiscally stressed municipalities continued to decline statewide last year. But the number of local governments that ended their fiscal...

Convicted felon, top vote-getter sworn in as Markham mayor

Sep. 25, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A man previously barred from a mayoral post in suburban Chicago has been sworn in as a result of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's intervention on his behalf. Roger Agpawa was the top vote-getter in Markham's 2017 mayoral race. However, an Illinois appeals court ruled in April he wasn't...

Democratic ad accuses Schuette of ignoring Flint crisis

Sep. 25, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats launched a TV ad on Tuesday that accuses Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette of ignoring Flint residents' complaints about their water long before he opened an investigation into the city's lead contamination crisis. The 30-second ad , authorized by Schuette's...

Mexico disarms Acapulco police force linked to drug gangs

Sep. 25, 2018 9:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in southern Mexico disarmed and placed under investigation the entire police force in the once-glittering resort of Acapulco on Tuesday, claiming the local cops were infiltrated by drug gangs. Officials in Guerrero state issued arrest warrants for two top Acapulco police...

Lawsuit filed to stop city's medical marijuana regulations

Sep. 25, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An attorney has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a Tulsa suburb from adopting new regulations on medical marijuana, like permit fees for dispensaries and restrictions on growing the plant. The petition filed Tuesday in Tulsa County also alleges that city officials in Broken Arrow...

Omaha City Council votes to shorten July 4 fireworks season

Sep. 25, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha City Council has voted to reduce the number of days fireworks can be sold and used leading up to Independence Day each year. On Tuesday, the council voted to shorten the window to sell and buy fireworks in the city from 10 to seven days leading up to July 4. The window to light...