• Aug 26, 11:00 AM | Philadelphia Inquirer

    Why Philadelphia Has One of the Nation's Largest Public Art Collections

    Aug. 26--Recently, some have noted that a statue of Frank Rizzo -- police chief, law-and-order mayor, and lifelong South Philly scrapper -- makes for a charged presence, looming nine feet tall on the steps of the Municipal Services Building. Rizzo -- whose enduring image may be rushing to quell a riot, nightstick in his cummerbund -- is a complicated fixture in the public square. But his ...

  • Aug 25, 05:29 PM | Associated Press

    LaGuardia Travelers Fear Turbulence En Route to New Airport

    NEW YORK (AP) — There could be turbulence for travelers during the multibillion dollar renovation of New York's LaGuardia Airport. Vice President Joe Biden said the aging LaGuardia reminded him of a "Third World country" — and that was before a massive traffic tie-up related to a $4 billion overhaul prompted passengers to abandon their cabs and cars and walk to the terminals. Officials at the ...

  • Aug 25, 04:36 PM | Associated Press

    Climate Change Taking Toll on American Pika's Western Lands

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Populations of a small rabbit-like animal known as the American pika are vanishing in many mountainous areas of the West as climate change alters its habitat, according to findings of a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The range for the mountain-dwelling herbivore is decreasing in southern Utah, northeastern California and in the Great Basin that ...

  • Aug 25, 08:01 PM | New York Times Online

    Members Only California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts

    LOS ANGELES — California will extend its landmark climate change legislation to 2030, a move that climate specialists say solidifies the state’s role as a leader in the effort to curb heat-trapping emissions. Lawmakers have passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to sign, bills requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels. Though the governor had ...

  • Aug 26, 07:00 AM | Westword

    Homeless Move Forward with Class Action Suit Against Denver Over Sweeps

    Last week, we reported that a local lawyer was preparing a class action lawsuit against the City of Denver for violating the constitutional rights of the city's homeless population when conducting sweeps of homeless people, their encampments and their property. Today, the law office of Jason Flores-Williams made good on its word, filing a class action complaint with the United States District ...

  • Aug 26, 05:17 AM | Saint Paul Pioneer Press

    Minnesota Governor Backs Last-Ditch Plan to Fund Light Rail Project

    Aug. 26--The Metropolitan Council will pursue a last-ditch effort to fund the Southwest Light Rail project after several unsuccessful attempts to secure funding from the state Legislature. The $1.86 billion light rail line would run from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, an extension of the existing Green Line that terminates in downtown St. Paul. Minnesota needs to find $144.5 million in funding ...

  • Aug 26, 04:10 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only S.F. Pleads for Housing Plan in Neighborhoods

    The federal government is "wrong as a matter of law and public policy" to reject San Francisco's plan to reserve 40 percent of subsidized units for neighborhood residents, City Attorney Dennis Herrera told federal housing officials Thursday. The city's neighborhood preference policy is an attempt to stem the exodus of African Americans and members of other minority groups from neighborhoods ...

  • Aug 25, 09:06 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only A Subway for Downtown Dallas? Maybe.

    Aug. 26--After years of planning, conversations and compromise, DART and the city of Dallas agreed on where to put a badly needed second light-rail line in the heart of downtown. Turns out, DART has decided that agreed-upon route needs some changes. The agency may be getting more than it bargained for, however. More and more voices in Dallas are demanding DART do more than tweak the plan. They ...

  • Aug 25, 03:29 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only New Mexico Might Pay Water Tab for Facebook Data Center

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico may use public funds to help Facebook pay for water rights at a major new data center proposed at Los Lunas. The social media company is negotiating for tax breaks and subsidies as it weighs whether to locate the facility in Los Lunas or a suburb of Salt Lake City. A water and sewer service agreement with the village of Los Lunas obtained by the Associated ...

  • Aug 25, 05:11 PM | UPI Top Stories

    New laws aim to slash carbon emissions in California to pre-1990 levels

    California lawmakers have moved to clip carbon emissions in the Golden State by a historic level in the next 15 years. The senate passed S.B. 32, an amendment to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Wednesday by a vote of 25-13. The bill imposes stern limits on greenhouse gases that must, by 2030, cut levels to 40 percent of what they were in 1990. The assembly previously ...

  • Aug 25, 02:50 PM | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Work begins on $340 million Midtown St. Louis Redevelopment

    Aug. 25--Environmental cleanup began this week in Midtown St. Louis at the former Federal Mogul foundry the Lawrence Group is redoing as stores, offices and a food hall. Steve Smith, Lawrence Group's chief executive, announced the work Thursday and added that Bull Moose Industries will take "a significant ownership interest" in what has grown to as large as a $340 million redevelopment of the ...

  • Aug 25, 01:48 PM | Jersey Journal

    Members Only County launches online portal to identify affordable housing

    Hudson County is hoping to ease the process for residents looking for affordable housing. The County's Division of Housing and Community Development launched a new online portal to help connect residents with county- and state-funded housing units. Hudson Housing Finder, which launched Tuesday, allows residents with low or moderate income to customize their search to show which properties ...

  • Aug 25, 01:01 PM | Howard County Times

    New housing director: "We want people to live and work here"

    Aug. 25--When some developers are less than thrilled by Howard County's rules for dispersing affordable housing in new housing, Kelly Cimino delivers her trademark response: "Wouldn't it be great if the teachers who work at the schools you use to market your project could live in the county?" This Howard County native is the new director of the county's Department of Housing and Community ...

  • Aug 25, 12:10 PM | Monterey County Weekly

    Pebble Beach Affordable Housing Project Given Final OK

    The Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously shot down an appeal Aug. 23 made by the Del Monte Neighbors United group that would have required the Pebble Beach Company's 24-unit affordable housing project to find an alternative site in Pebble Beach. The decision was made after a fiery two-hour public comment session, where dozens of residents who live adjacent to the Del Monte Park ...

  • Aug 25, 10:02 AM | Connecticut Post

    Members Only TSA: Road work slowing LaGuardia air passengers

    Aug. 25--If you planning to take a flight from LaGuardia airport in New York City, give yourself plenty of time to get there. Transportation Security Administration officials at LaGuardia Airport said they have seen an increase in the number of travelers who are arriving late to the security checkpoints with the travelers reporting that their drive to the airport was delayed because of road ...

  • Aug 25, 08:32 AM | The Record-Eagle

    Project Rebuilds Spawning Habitats in Grand Traverse Bay

    Aug. 25--TRAVERSE CITY -- Angler Dale Ealy remembers his grandfather bringing home plenty of delicious cisco in the early 1950s, but he also remembers how quickly the once-abundant fish became increasingly difficult to catch in Grand Traverse Bay. "They vanished," Ealy said. "They weren't really in the bay for years and years." Lake Michigan cisco, or lake herring, populations plummeted in the ...

  • Aug 25, 08:05 AM | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Members Only Milwaukee Tests New Job Programs

    Aug. 25--Having heard that Rashaad Washington's job training program was getting results, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy went to one of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods this summer to see for himself. Washington, 33, has headed Pro Painter Mke for the last decade. He started the Pro Trade Job Development program in 2013 to help young men and women ...

  • Aug 25, 07:08 AM | Phoenix New Times

    Phoenix's Zombie Walk Is Coming Back from the Dead

    It turns out that Phoenix's Zombie Walk isn't dead after all. In fact, just like the brain-eating hordes that inspire the annual event, it's about to rise from the grave. Three months after announcing its cancellation, Zombie Walk organizers have told New Times that they are reviving the popular Halloween season event, albeit with plenty of changes. It will take place on Saturday, October 29, ...

  • Aug 25, 04:56 AM | The Times-Picayune

    Members Only Proposed New Orleans Historic Districts Get Support

    The prospect of creating new historic districts in Uptown, Carrollton, Mid-City and Parkview to strengthen the city’s authority over demolitions mostly drew support from the public at a hearing Tuesday, although preservationists asked to grant more oversight of renovations and new construction in those neighborhoods. The City Planning Commission is considering a study recommending that the ...

  • Aug 25, 03:06 AM | Associated Press

    Lousiania Governor Views Flooded Subdivision, SW City Saved by Sandbag Wall

    LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards flew across south Louisiana Thursday, surveying flood damage from a helicopter and talking with people in a city that flooded and in one where a heroic effort by volunteers and others held floodwaters back. At a subdivision in Youngsville, near Lafayette, every third or fourth house still had a pile of flood debris on the lawn, a sign that ...

  • Aug 25, 02:49 AM | The State Journal-Register

    Some residents wonder: Does Springfield really need another lake?

    Aug. 25--Though the city of Springfield has made pursuing Hunter Lake a priority, some residents aren't so sure that's the best way to address worries about potential future water shortfalls. They also don't want to see their water rates double, which the additional $108 million cost of Hunter Lake might require. "My question is whether Hunter Lake is a viable alternative to some of the other ...

  • Aug 24, 09:25 PM | Dayton Daily News

    City delays vote on highly-criticized plan for annual landlord fee

    Aug. 24--West Carrollton will take more time to decide on a highly-criticized plan that includes charging landlords an annual fee to fund a program aimed at curbing housing code violations. City council is not expected to vote on the proposal -- that includes a $30 annual license fee and periodic inspections for rental units -- until at least late September. That was the consensus after a ...

  • Aug 24, 08:41 PM | Wichita Eagle

    Four major developers vie for site near downtown Wichita

    Aug. 24--The city of Wichita has received early proposals from four developers for about 7 acres in two parcels of land in Delano. The development will be on vacant city-owned land close to major projects now under construction at Second and McLean Boulevard: the new library and River Vista apartments. The parcels, of 4.6 acres and 2.6 acres, are southwest of that intersection and are split by ...

  • Aug 24, 08:19 PM | Associated Press

    The Latest: California governor promises more climate fights

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Legislature's approval of legislation expanding the state's climate change law, the most aggressive in the nation (all times local): 5:15 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown says more climate-change laws will follow after the Legislature approved an extension of the state's landmark law restricting greenhouse gas emissions. At a news ...

  • Aug 24, 07:58 PM | Houston Chronicle

    Members Only Massive U.S. 59 project converting highway into much wider urban freeway

    Aug. 25--Headed north on U.S. 59 near Reading Road, Grady Mapes easily sums up why workers are widening miles of the freeway through Fort Bend County as part of one of the largest ongoing highway projects in the Houston area. "You can see the development out here," said Mapes, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation in Fort Bend and Waller counties. "Right here, Brazos Town ...

  • Aug 24, 05:00 PM | Albany Herald

    Public/private downtown Albany development plan discussions to continue

    Aug. 24--ALBANY -- Several Albany city commissioners expressed enthusiastic support for the Project Artesia downtown development plan presented by the multifaceted Albany Development Partners group at Tuesday's commission meeting. "The devil," as Ward V Albany City Commissioner Bob Langstaff pointed out Tuesday evening, will be in the details. "Frankly, I expected I would be the most skeptical ...

  • Aug 24, 03:34 PM | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Finally, TEX Rail project underway from Fort Worth to Grapevine and DFW

    Aug. 24--GRAPEVINE -- Ceremoniously riding in a train pulled by a 1953 vintage diesel engine, leaders from Fort Worth, Grapevine and North Richland Hills on Wednesday celebrated the beginning of a commuter rail project they say will change the future for their communities. "Where the rail goes, the communities flourish," Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate said during a groundbreaking ceremony for ...

  • Aug 24, 01:39 PM | Kansas City Star

    Opinion: Streetcar expansion feud is a big deal in Kansas City

    Aug. 24--A feud has erupted over whether and when to expand Kansas City's amazingly so-far successful downtown streetcar line. That's a shame. An unwarranted delay could damage public transit's future in the city. Proponents of quick progress point out that ridership has been far higher than expected on the 2.2-mile starter line. It has helped attract significant redevelopment downtown, ...

  • Aug 25, 08:35 AM | Westword

    "Developer" Can Be a Dirty Word in Denver - Meet Five Exceptions to the Rule

    The tidal wave of development that's washed over Denver following the Great Recession has produced plenty of buildings - and a lot of resentment. Neighbors are looking around and wondering what happened to their parking and sunlight. Out-of-towners look at Denver and wonder why a city with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains is home to so many uninspiring new structures that don't respect ...

  • Aug 25, 08:31 AM | Baltimore Brew

    As Tempers Flare Over Port Covington, Parties are Pushed to Negotiate

    Calling on the Port Covington developer to show "the same kind of creativity on affordable housing plans" as it has demonstrated on green space, kayak landings and boat slips, critics last night suggested shifting some of the public financing for such amenities toward affordable units at the massive waterfront project. "The city really should not be in the business of subsidizing affluent ...

  • Aug 25, 06:11 AM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Urban Redevelopment Authority Seeks $8 Million to Buy Vacant Pittsburgh Schools

    Aug. 25--Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority is seeking an $8 million state grant to purchase all of the Pittsburgh Public School District's vacant buildings, but the plan has its challenges. If Pittsburgh wins the grant, the URA must develop community-driven plans and find developers willing to invest in some of the city's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods. The authority would be ...

  • Aug 24, 11:09 PM | Las Vegas Sun

    Government consolidation doesn't make cut for Las Vegas bill draft requests

    Aug. 24--The Las Vegas City Council isn't requesting a draft bill for the state Legislature to study consolidating the city and county governments, but that doesn't mean the issue is dead. After a brief special meeting today, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman reiterated her support for such a study but acknowledged timing was a barrier. The city has until Sept. 1 to submit up to three bill draft ...

  • Aug 25, 09:42 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only DC group suing over plans for homeless shelter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A northwest Washington neighborhood group is suing over a plan to build a homeless shelter on the grounds of an Idaho Avenue police station. The lawsuit is the first legal challenge to the city's plan to close the large shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital and build smaller homeless shelters around the city. The D.C. Superior Court lawsuit relates only to the city's ...

  • Aug 24, 10:26 PM | Ventura County Star

    Building trade group sues Ventura over new water fee

    Aug. 24--A construction lobbying group has filed a complaint against the city of Ventura over recently adopted water fees, claiming the charges do not depict the actual cost of delivering the water and were illegally developed. The Building Industry Association of Southern California and its nonprofit legal arm want the courts to invalidate an ordinance the City Council approved in June. The ...

  • Aug 24, 08:55 PM | Sun News

    Myrtle Beach could save $4.2 million with new bonds, city says

    Aug. 24--The city of Myrtle Beach could save $315,000 a year as it reissues bonds used for the development of old air force base land. On Tuesday, city council passed first reading of an ordinance that would allow the city to replace its outstanding debt -- about $40.13 million -- with new bonds at a lower rate. In some cases, the new bonds could be issued at half the rate of some older ...

  • Aug 24, 08:18 PM | Sierra Star

    County responds to home rental dispute

    Aug. 23--Madera County Counsel Regina A. Garza has sent a response to Fresno attorney Christopher A. Brown who is representing property owners in Cascadel Heights unhappy with absentee neighbors who are making their homes available for short-term vacation rentals. Brown sent a letter, dated July 19, to Garza and Madera County Planning Director Norman Allinder on behalf of Rick and Kris ...

  • Aug 24, 06:24 PM | Broomfield Enterprise

    Affordable housing authority established

    Aug. 24--After months of discussing how Broomfield should address affordable housing, city council approved the formation of a Broomfield Housing Authority this week. Council unanimously voted at Tuesday night's council meeting to approve the board, which would be made up of seven appointed members and two city council members who will serve until March 2018. Four members will serve a one-year ...

  • Aug 24, 05:44 PM | Associated Press

    California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of the state's climate initiatives, has said he'll ...

  • Aug 24, 12:15 PM | Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

    Wasilla council puts moratorium on ‘Tiny Houses'

    WASILLA - So-called 'Tiny Houses', 'Granny Pods', and the like, may be all the rage in the lower 48, but before they catch on in Wasilla, city council member Stuart Graham wants the planning commission to take a look at their impact. Graham proposed a ordinance debated and voted on Monday night that would put a moratorium on all new construction of any house under 1,000 square feet until no ...

  • Aug 24, 10:05 AM | USAToday.com

    Members Only Uber to Offer Drivers Retirement Plan Help

    The ride hailing company will offer access to Betterment app in select cities. Ride share services such as Uber and Lyft once again beat out taxis and car rentals among business travelers, according to a new report from expense management company Certify. EMBARGO - 6 am PT WednesdaySAN FRANCISCO — Ride-hailing service Uber is now offering drivers in select cities assistance in planning for ...

  • Aug 24, 06:17 AM | Guardian Web

    'It’s a Catastrophe': Low-Income Workers Get Priced Out of California Beach City

    At first, Jamie Kahn tried ignoring the repeated knocks on her front door. It was September 2015, and the 52-year-old Santa Cruz woman had recently faced an unexpected 40% rent increase that she could not afford. After missing a rent payment, her new landlords in the northern California beach city quickly moved to evict the single mother and her two children. Kahn thought that if she refused ...

  • Aug 24, 03:24 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only On the Potomac, Change Comes to Alexandria's Old Town

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Near the Potomac River, blocks of Federal-style townhouses and commercial buildings still stand in this 267-year-old city. Alexandria's Old Town district looks much as it did in the 19th century, though some modern touches have come gradually. Fitzgerald's Warehouse, which recalls the city's seaport history and survived a 1827 fire that ravaged buildings nearby, has housed a ...

  • Aug 24, 06:56 AM | Sun Advocate

    $53 million port deal not dead, but it is on hold

    Carbon County Commissioner and member of Utah's Community Impact Board Jae Potter has said putting $53 million in mineral lease monies into the Oakland Deep Water Port was a sound investment and exactly the type of long-term project that CIB funds were created for. But he has also cautioned that, "It has to be a very solid deal. It has to be economically viable before the loan could go ...

  • Aug 24, 09:34 AM | Record

    Mayor downsizes homeless plan but urges action

    Aug. 24--STOCKTON -- Mayor Anthony Silva unveiled new details of his plan to help Stockton's homeless population at Tuesday's City Council meeting, scaling back his goal to provide housing but continuing to plead with city leaders to "make this happen." In a presentation lasting half an hour, the mayor called for approval of a "homeless bill of rights," including the right to food, shelter and ...

  • Aug 24, 09:17 AM | Daily News

    Rent increase plan dropped for Los Angeles city-owned senior building

    Aug. 24--Los Angeles' housing agency has scrapped a proposal for a 6 percent rent hike at a city-owned, senior apartment building in Eagle Rock. Following a city hearing last week which drew angry seniors, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles announced Tuesday that rents will rise 3 percent this year instead of 6 percent at Reflections on Yosemite, a 1970s-era building on Yosemite ...

  • Aug 24, 01:53 AM | Sonoran News

    Rezoning case raises traffic issues worsened by bike lane project

    CAVE CREEK – With Vice Chairman Bob Voris and Commissioner Bruce McNeil absent, Chairman David Smith announced during Thursday's planning commission meeting there will be a workshop on Sept. 15 to discuss some proposals the commission would like to bring forward. Smith stated the agenda item before them was very limited – consisting of a rezoning request for Windmill Village from Desert Rural ...

  • Aug 24, 01:47 AM | Riverside-Brookfield Landmark

    Riverside board OKs vacation rentals

    If you ever wanted to rent out your home or condo as an Airbnb or VRBO location to those seeking a vacation rental in the Chicago area, you can now do so legally if you live in Riverside. On Aug. 18, the Riverside Village Board voted 4 to 0 to allow vacation rentals and, notably, trustees voted to remove a provision recommended by the Riverside Planning and Zoning Commission, which would have ...

  • Aug 23, 11:35 PM | The Fresno Bee

    Fresno County task force working to clean up homeless encampments

    Aug. 23--Fresno County is making strides to combat homelessness as encampments grow on rural private properties across the county. An eviction late last year of an encampment on land owned by the Westlands Water District in Mendota spearheaded the county's move to be more proactive. A task force made up of county departments like public works and planning, social services, behavioral health ...

  • Aug 23, 11:16 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    Affordable housing fees proposed for Marin nursing facilities, rental units

    Aug. 24--Marin supervisors will take more time in considering two fee proposals aimed at raising money for Marin's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Supervisors on Tuesday elected to wait until September to decide on a proposal to charge fees for development of new residential care and skilled nursing facilities, as well as a fee for new multifamily rental housing developments. The county has ...

  • Aug 23, 10:30 PM | The Herald-Tribune

    Rubonia neighborhood hopes to set feds straight

    Aug. 23--MANATEE COUNTY -- Before the 2010 census, the predominantly minority community of Rubonia met the threshold for federal neighborhood improvement grants because at least 51 percent of its households were in the low- and moderate-income range. Yet the U.S. Census Bureau realigned those "census blocks" for its surveys six years ago, combining Rubonia with nearby mobile home parks and ...

  • Aug 23, 09:14 PM | Springfield News-Sun

    Clark County leaders discuss how to respond to toxic algae blooms

    Aug. 24--Harmful algal blooms will likely affect all counties in Ohio at some point, said an Ohio EPA expert who spoke Tuesday to Clark County leaders about preparing for how the toxins could affect local waterways. A representative from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency met with the Clark County Local Emergency Planning Committee on Tuesday to share strategies local organizations ...

  • Aug 23, 09:05 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Sure feels like DART's going to make Dallas choose between streetcar and second downtown rail line

    Aug. 23--I survived a Deep Ellum subway rally at the Bomb Factory last week, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt. Actually, the T-shirt's pretty nice. Rich shade of fern-green. Groovy connect-the-dot skyline design. Catchy hashtagged slogan: "#CanYouDigIt." Soft, too. Got home and threw it in the to-wear drawer, where it joins the faded, too-tight "86/345" tee advocating the razing of the ...

  • Aug 23, 08:56 PM | Knoxville News-Sentinel

    City officials, organizers attempt to bring bike share program to Knoxville

    Aug. 24--A bike share program could be coming to Knoxville within the next few years if insufficient infrastructure and questions about funding don't put a spoke in the wheel. Knoxville City Councilman George Wallace, employees of the city's Office of Sustainability, representatives from the University of Tennessee, nonprofit organizers and other key players have met twice in the past month to ...

  • Aug 23, 07:19 PM | Bond Buyer

    Members Only Why Former Officials Want Presidential Focus on Infrastructure

    DALLAS -- A bipartisan group of former elected officials is calling on the presidential candidates to focus on how to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure as the campaign enters its final 80 days. "We urge you to make modernizing America's infrastructure a central feature of your campaigns and, if elected, a priority within your first 100 days of office," said the letter from the ...

  • Aug 23, 06:46 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only South Portland panel votes against rent control, eviction restrictions

    Aug. 23--SOUTH PORTLAND -- The Affordable Housing Committee has issued a report urging the city to take steps that would promote rental housing development, but it stopped short of recommending rent control or eviction restrictions intended to protect apartment dwellers in a tight rental market. The committee voted overwhelmingly against both rent control and eviction restrictions because of ...

  • Aug 23, 04:32 PM | Associated Press

    Demand sags for California credits aimed at greenhouse gases

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark programs combating climate change. State officials said only 34 percent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in the latest auction under the program, which requires companies that emit climate-changing gases ...

  • Aug 23, 04:17 PM | Associated Press

    California lawmakers advance steeper goal to cut emissions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved closer to extending the state's ambitious climate change law Tuesday after winning critical approval from business-minded Democratic lawmakers in the state Assembly with encouragement from the White House. A majority of members in the state Assembly approved extending the state's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law, moving the proposal to ...

  • Aug 23, 03:14 PM | UPI Science News

    Study quantifies haze's role in China's urban heat island effect

    As China's cities become more and more polluted, they're also warming. New research suggests haze plays a surprisingly large role in encouraging what's known as the urban heat island effect. Haze is the collection of dust, smoke and other particulates that gives the urban air an oscillating blur. But not all particles have the same effects on weather and temperature. The new study, published ...

  • Aug 23, 12:59 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Oklahoma Turnpike Authority delays vote on toll increases

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has delayed voting on a proposal to increase tolls in the state because of a pending lawsuit. The authority's board decided Tuesday not to vote on a proposal that would increase tolls by a total of 17 percent over three years. The increase would help pay off bond debt to fund new construction around the state. But last week, attorney Jerry ...

  • Aug 23, 01:05 PM | Associated Press

    Rhode Island sues to get Russian sub removed from scrapyard

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The remnants of a Russian submarine rest mere feet from shore in Rhode Island, a Cold War relic rusting away. Its fate will now likely be decided by a court. State environmental officials are suing to get the hollowed-out hull of the submarine that was once used as a set for a Harrison Ford movie removed. The submarine, known as Juliett 484, isn't a museum. It's not a ...

  • Aug 23, 12:39 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland looks to turn little-used waterfront lot into public haven

    Aug. 23--The so-called Amethyst lot is roughly 1.5 acres of broken asphalt ringed by weeds overlooking a graveyard of weathered, wooden pilings poking out of Portland Harbor. But the city-owned land is also one of the last pieces of property with the potential to provide public access to the eastern waterfront. "It's not utilized at all," said 57-year-old John Nugent of Hiram, who was walking ...

  • Aug 23, 11:33 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Dam project fills American Fork creek with muck

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A dam rehabilitation project has filled the creek running down American Fork Canyon with muck. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2bznhYM ) that the water below Tibble Fork Dam has turned black due to fine-grained sediments, killing trout and possibly degrading aquatic habitat. American Fork Canyon is a popular recreation destination in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache ...

  • Aug 23, 11:13 AM | The Herald-Tribune

    Members Only Fewer rules for food trucks? | Panel recommends giving street vendors more freedom

    SARASOTA COUNTY SARASOTA COUNTY -- Local food truck owners would have even more room to roam and fewer regulations under the latest proposed rule changes for street vendors across Sarasota County. The new rules would eliminate the county's most restrictive regulations on where food trucks can operate in favor of one general permit that allows trucks to set up throughout commercial and ...

  • Aug 23, 09:51 AM | Salina Journal

    Salina moves forward with taxing districts

    Aug. 23--It sounds more like alphabet soup than funding mechanisms for public projects, but the Salina City Commission on Monday conducted public hearings on a STAR bond district and a TIF district; they'll consider a CID at a future meeting. Through these districts, the city can use future taxes to help pay for bonds issued for public projects. Commissioners postponed, on a 5-0 vote, first ...

  • Aug 23, 04:07 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only Rent Rule May Slow Creation of Housing may slow creation of housing

    Requiring private developers in San Francisco to rent 20 percent of units in new apartment buildings at below-market prices would slow down construction of housing, the city controller concludes. That finding will undoubtedly fuel the debate about how best to create affordable housing in the city, especially given that the current requirement is 25 percent. The Board of Supervisors, however, ...

  • Aug 23, 03:02 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Toll Plan Changes Rates on Turnpike

    All-electronic tolling would be activated on Oct. 28 and is expected to impose higher fees for nearly half the trips by motorists using a Massachusetts-issued E-ZPass, according to a proposal unveiled by state officials Monday. The new system — in which overhead gantries automatically charge tolls as vehicles pass — would cover the Tobin Bridge, the entire Massachusetts Turnpike, and the ...

  • Aug 22, 09:09 PM | Commercial Appeal

    Kresge Foundation Focuses Ideas, Money on Memphis

    Aug. 23--The leader of the wealthy Kresge Foundation starts a two-day listening and speaking tour in Memphis Tuesday to learn how philanthropy can continue helping the city transform itself and to exchange ideas. Since the Detroit-based foundation with a $3.6 billion endowment started taking a keen interest in Memphis nearly three years ago, it has made more than $2.5 million in grants to ...

  • Aug 23, 09:51 AM | Salina Journal

    Smoky Hill River renewal expected to take over five years

    Aug. 23--Under perfect conditions, the Smoky Hill River renewal project won't be completed until December 2021, Utilities Director Martha Tasker told the Salina City Commission at a study session Monday. She said it had been in the works for 10 years. Ron Chandler, a retired civil engineer who started working in Salina with Wilson & Company in 1961, said the project goes back even further. He ...

  • Aug 22, 11:16 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    Mill Valley could establish affordable housing trust fund

    Aug. 23--Mill Valley could soon impose fees on all new residential development -- including single-family homes, tear downs and major renovations -- to feed a trust fund that would pay for affordable housing initiatives across the city. The Planning Commission on Tuesday will consider the rule in which homeowners and developers could pay a $30 fee per square foot built. Planning staff ...

  • Aug 22, 09:24 PM | Hamilton Journal News

    Zoning changes may block West Chester drug rehab center

    Aug. 23--WEST CHESTER TWP. -- Proposed zoning changes could mean additional restrictions for some businesses looking to locate in West Chester Twp. On Tuesday night, trustees will discuss the proposed changes, which were prompted by a local doctor's plans to convert a former nursing home on Ohio 42 into a drug rehabilitation facility. The resolution creates a new "use" category called ...

  • Aug 22, 09:01 PM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only DART officials' answers unclear on whether two transit projects are seeking the same funds

    Aug. 22--Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials gave conflicting answers Monday about whether two downtown transit projects will be seeking the same pot of federal funds for construction. DART rail planning vice president Steve Salin told Dallas City Council members the agency hasn't yet decided which grant program to pursue for a downtown streetcar extension. But that statement came both before ...

  • Aug 22, 08:41 PM | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Members Only MARTA's 'Spoke' aims to boost ridership, revenue

    Aug. 22--MARTA and city of Atlanta leaders on Monday marked the start of the system's newest "transit-oriented development," the first of a series of new generation developments at its stations to boost ridership and drive urban development. MARTA CEO Keith Parker said Spoke, the $40 million privately-funded mixed-use development at the Edgewood/Candler Park station, reflects the system's ...

  • Aug 22, 07:39 PM | Sudan Tribune

    Washington to provide technical support for Sudan to face climate challenges

    August 22, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The acting U.S. Chargé d'Affaires in Khartoum Steven Koutsis has expressed his country's keenness to provide technical and logistical support for Sudan to face challenges of climate change. Sudan's Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and Urban Development Hassan Abdel-Gadir Hilal on Monday discussed with Koutsis environment issues in Sudan particularly ...

  • Aug 22, 07:00 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Officials probing sludge spill from Texas treatment plant

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say they are investigating how more than 135,000 gallons of partially treated sludge was released into Galveston Bay. The sludge was released late Sunday night from a waste water treatment plant that is being upgraded during a construction project. Officials say there have been no immediate impacts to aquatic life in the bay and no known ground water wells are ...

  • Aug 22, 05:23 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Environmentalists to sue San Bernardino and Colton over the killing of threatened fish

    Aug. 22--A coalition of environmental groups Monday announced plans to sue a regional water treatment authority and the cities of San Bernardino and Colton over the repeated stranding and killing of Santa Ana suckers, a fish on the federal threatened species list. Roughly once a month, a water treatment plant that is jointly owned by the cities halts its outflows, quickly reducing a ...

  • Aug 22, 02:37 PM | Orlando Sentinel

    Apopka clubs urge city not to let splash pad crowd out festivals

    Aug. 22--As splash pads cool off kids in a growing number of communities around Central Florida, the pressure has been building for Apopka leaders to get the water squirters running there, too. Apopka recently asked a consultant to draw up plans for the long-awaited splash pad, with the thought of building it on an eight-acre field near Kit Land Nelson Park. But civic club members who flooded ...

  • Aug 22, 01:21 PM | Post-Bulletin

    Frac sand regulation option heads to Winona County Board

    Aug. 22--WINONA -- When the Winona County Board of Commissioners meets Tuesday night, there will be a new proposal concerning silica sand mining to add to the mix. Commissioner Steve Jacob proposed an amendment to the current regulations on silica sand mining during a planning commission meeting on Aug. 11. That amendment -- a compromise between an outright ban and the status quo -- was ...

  • Aug 22, 01:08 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Megasite to use 35-mile wastewater line to Mississippi River

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee on Monday gave the green light to economic development officials to start buying up property rights to build a 35-mile wastewater line to the Mississippi River from the Memphis Regional Megasite, an industrial park still in search of major tenants. The move follows an earlier decision amid a public outcry to abandon plans to dump treated wastewater form the ...

  • Aug 22, 01:00 PM | Associated Press

    Tribal house to mark Huna Tlingit connection to Glacier Bay

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tribal house years in the making will be dedicated on the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on Thursday, a physical acknowledgment that the area known for its rugged beauty is also the homeland of the Huna Tlingit. Ceremonies will be held at the Huna Tribal House at Barlett Cove, with officials planning to also livestream the festivities. Traditional ...

  • Aug 22, 11:33 AM | Bay City Times

    Members Only Bridging the gap

    When Gov. Rick Snyder signed a moveable bridge bill earlier this summer, there was plenty of celebration in Bay City. For a town that owns and operates two bascule drawbridges, the bill, which sees the state reimburse municipalities for the operational costs of their moveable bridges, means $500,000 to $600,000 annually that the city can put toward local street repairs. State Sen.Mike Green, ...

  • Aug 22, 11:33 AM | News-Sentinel

    East-side gateway into downtown to get an 'artistic' facelift

    Aug. 22--A $200,000 makeover for a key entry point into downtown Fort Wayne will be part of a larger effort to link the Lakeside Neighborhood with nearby art attractions, the soon-to-be redeveloped Landing, riverfront and other destinations -- and give the city its longest mural. Much as was done last year on West Jefferson Boulevard and Lindenwood Avenue, the city plans to spend about ...

  • Aug 22, 07:51 AM | Tribune-Democrat

    'We can get this done': State, local officials to advocate for expanded train service to Johnstown

    Aug. 22--State and local officials will cross party lines Tuesday to advocate for increased train service through Johnstown during a public hearing in Pittsburgh. State Rep. Bryan Barbin, who sits on state's transportation committee, said a bipartisan effort has come together leading up to the hearing, which is set for 10 a.m. at the David L. Lawrence Center. With a recently enacted five-year ...

  • Aug 21, 07:19 PM | The Garden City Telegram

    With funding in place, construction to start soon on transload facility

    Aug. 21--The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Aug. 8 that it will provide $4.5 million in funding for construction of the Garden City transload facility. The facility, which will load and unload cargo between railcars and trucks, will be located on about 900 acres at the U.S. Highway 50 Industrial Park. Garden City and Great Bend were chosen out of 111 proposals to develop ...

  • Aug 22, 06:00 AM | New York Times Online

    Members Only With the Olympics Over, Six Former Host Cities Worth Visiting

    Now that the Rio Olympics are over, inevitable questions about the city’s post-Games legacy have surfaced. Rio de Janeiro, like every host city, hopes to continue reaping Olympics-related benefits long past the closing ceremony, such as increased tourism and a bolstered world reputation. But things don’t always go as planned. In fact, cities rarely make a profit from hosting the Games,and ...

  • Aug 21, 06:14 AM | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Western Pa.'s Coal Site 'Monstrosities' Re-Envisioned

    Aug. 21--Two towering symbols of the electric grid's former reliance on coal power cast shadows over Union Township in Washington County. NRG Energy's Elrama Power Plant and FirstEnergy Corp.'s Mitchell plant just a few miles upstream each burned coal for decades along the Monongahela River before closing three years ago as environmental regulations and competition from cheaper natural gas ...

  • Aug 20, 10:40 PM | Caller-Times

    Voters Can Decide Cash or Credit for Residential Streets

    Aug. 21--Would you like those streets with cash or credit? Come November, voters can choose one. Or both. Or neither. In a freewheeling discussion last week, the City Council decided to bring both credit and cash options -- a bond program, and a route to raise property taxes -- to residents for permission by ballot. Both would help fund residential street reconstruction, estimated in 2014 to ...

  • Aug 21, 10:09 PM | Morning Call

    Fowl play: Are city's new glass buildings bird killers?

    Aug. 22--ALLENTOWN -- When City Center Investment Corp. CEO J. B. Reilly looks at the design for the Tower 6 office building, he sees 12 sleek stories of glass that will help redefine Allentown's downtown skyline. What Lehigh Valley Audubon Society member Scott Burnet sees in Tower 6 is countless concussed birds fluttering into the woods to die after crashing into it. With so many new ...

  • Aug 22, 09:19 AM | San Angelo Standard-Times

    UPDATE: City may relax portable-sign ordinance

    Aug. 22--The city's Planning Commission recently recommended changes to the ordinance governing portable signs that will allow local businesses to promote off-site special events. The issue was brought to the fore when Just Between Friends -- a twice-a-year consignment sale focused on children's and maternity clothes and goods -- tried to put a sign in the parking lot of one of its sponsors. ...

  • Aug 22, 04:45 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Washington judge dismisses Oso mudslide claims

    Washington judge dismisses Oso mudslide claims A Washington judge has dismissed claims brought by dozens of people who lost family and homes in the deadliest mudslide in U.S. history. The dismissal will affect about a dozen survivors of the 2014 Oso mudslide and legal claims linked to 28 people who died in the disaster. The claims dismissed last week argued that Snohomish County government ...

  • Aug 22, 03:32 AM | State

    Springdale 'not in any hurry' on meal tax decision

    Aug. 22--LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. -- Springdale leaders are taking it slow in deciding whether to adopt a local meal tax. "I'm not in an hurry," Mayor Michael Bishop said. But "the more I look at it," he said, "the more it makes sense." Still, he doesn't want to move forward with the tax unless town residents approve the idea with a list of uses outlined in an advisory referendum. No ballot is ...

  • Aug 22, 02:49 AM | The State Journal-Register

    City surveying residents on how Springfield should grow

    Aug. 22--Community leaders, city officials and residents often talk about one-way streets and downtown parking, a proposed second lake and westward expansion. The city this week is mailing short surveys to about 5,000 randomly selected residents on these and other issues facing Springfield. "(The survey) is an opportunity to get feedback from the general public," Mayor Jim Langfelder said. ...

  • Aug 21, 09:31 PM | Record

    SJ looks to finalize winery ordinance

    Aug. 21--STOCKTON -- San Joaquin County's long-awaited winery ordinance could finally be in place by the end of this year. The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to discuss an amendment to the ordinance relating to winery operations and events. Changes to the ordinance, which was drafted in 2014, have been sought by residents who have become increasingly upset ...

  • Aug 21, 08:51 PM | Record Searchlight

    Supervisors to revisit homeless revamp plan

    Aug. 22--A proposal to revamp local homeless services will come before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Tuesday's session attempts to answer questions the board had after Redding City Councilwoman Kristen Schreder's presentation in July on restructuring the homeless Continuum of Care. The board's questions included: How effective is rapidly rehousing the homeless and what ...

  • Aug 21, 12:04 PM | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Want 50% off property taxes?

    Aug. 21--The city is offering a 50 percent discount on property taxes -- but only for some landowners and businesses in Kakaako. The move is intended to help preserve and promote industrial business uses in an area that has become the center of high-rise condominium development on Oahu. A main premise of the tax break, which was granted by the City Council over opposition from Mayor Kirk ...

  • Aug 21, 07:37 AM | South Bend Tribune

    South Bend library's about face clashes with city streets plan

    Aug. 21--SOUTH BEND -- When the city's Smart Streets downtown improvement project is finished, Main Street will look dramatically different: two-way traffic, protected bike lanes, new sidewalks and streetscaping designed to make it more attractive to pedestrians. But the downtown St. Joseph County Public Library might soon face the opposite direction, with its back to Main Street. Under a $5.5 ...

  • Aug 21, 06:49 AM | Times-News

    Twin Falls looks to bigger cities for transportation lessons

    Aug. 21--TWIN FALLS -- If Twin Falls creates a Metropolitan Planning Organization after the 2020 Census, it will be the sixth in Idaho. The Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene areas already have had to create these agencies, which consist of representatives of local governments, agency officials and professional planners and are in charge of transportation planning and development ...

  • Aug 21, 05:45 AM | Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Dayton spends $2 million to enlarge industrial area on city's northside

    Aug. 21--DAYTON, Tenn. -- Single-blade windshield wipers whisked a few remaining raindrops away, and Dennis Tumlin, sitting in the cab of his four-door Silverado pick-up truck, produced a site rendering dotted with hand-written notes in red, blue and black ink. Here we are, Tumlin said, pointing out a rectangular plat of land highlighted in pink -- an 87-acre piece of grassy farmland on the ...

  • Aug 20, 11:04 PM | Geographical

    Members Only Cooling Chicago: installing 'green rooftops' across Chicago--part of a comprehensive planning vision for the next few decades--could dramatically help the city's attempts to prevent overheating.(URBAN PLANNING)

    [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Keeping cities cool by countering the Urban Heat Island (UHD effect--where heat from millions of homes, cars and businesses is unable to escape into the surrounding environment, increasing the temperature of city centres by several degrees and creating high energy demands and health problems--has become a major focus for urban hubs around the world. Countless solutions ...

  • Aug 20, 10:57 PM | Star Tribune

    Hennepin County leaders ask to explore closing historic Greenway bridges to save on rehab costs

    Aug. 21--The century-old bridges that carry streets over Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway could face $40 million worth of repairs or replacement, a cost that has Hennepin County leaders asking whether some should just be torn down. After the 103-year-old Fremont Avenue Bridge was closed to cars this month because of safety concerns, county leaders moved forward with plans to spend $1.2 million to ...