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Public Works Agency Portal

IdealScale and PublicWorksAgency.com

Integrate IdeaScale with Municipal profiles on PublicWorksAgency.com. Municipalities have the ability to manage and control sub-social network under the PublicWorksAgency.com domain. Although IdeaScale is a standalone platform that can be configured by the administrator and available through PublicWorksAgency.com, widgets can be seamlessly integrated with MyMuni profiles to capture vitisors ideas. Ideas coming from ...more »

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Civil Rights

U.S. Education Dept. investigating TPS treatment of minorities

The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Monday it's investigating whether Toledo Public Schools distributes its resources in a fair way to black students for career development and college preparation. Several groups of parents, alleging discrimination against black students, filed a complaint early last year with the federal agency's Office for Civil Rights in Cleveland. The parents say predominantly black Scott ...more »

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Recent News - Comment

Parliament Hill renovations to hit $5 billion

OTTAWA — The cost of renovating Parliament Hill is expected to hit $5 billion by the time the 25-year project wraps up, CBC reported Monday. According to documents released by the Department of Public Works, the repairs to almost every building on Parliament Hill, originally pegged to be $460 million in 1992, will have ballooned to more than 10 times that amount upon completion. Renovations started on the aging buildings ...more »

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Sparks public works chief out as 2 departments merge

Sparks Public Works Director Wayne Seidel is leaving city government as part of a recession-related reorganization at City Hall. The Public Works and Community Development departments will combine to form a new department, Community Services, led by Neil Krutz, the city's current community development leader. "With a high unemployment rate, significant reductions in tourism and the construction industry decimated from ...more »

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Jacome cites wage violations at Westport two public works projec

Illegal labor practices at two public works projects in Westport — a new fire station and an elderly housing complex — are being cited by state representative candidate F. George Jacome to show how he says competitor Paul Schmid allowed workers to be paid unfair wages at both sites. Jacome first questioned Schmid, a Westport selectman, about the projects at a debate last Thursday, and later provided letters showing a ...more »

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Recent News - Comment

The Commons: Repeat after Rona

The Scene. To his credit, Christian Paradis did not avoid the House this afternoon. No doubt knowing he would face a new round of questions about the latest in an unfortunate series of circumstances, the former minister of public works and current minister of natural resources took his seat along the front row all the same. No doubt knowing he would not have to rise to answer a single one of these questions, he surely ...more »

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County to build 3 facilities to help centralize its public works

Thurston County plans to construct three buildings and remodel another at its road maintenance site near Tilley Road, to help centralize its public works and emergency management departments. The commission is expected to award a $16.33 million construction contract to Panattoni Construction Inc. during today’s meeting. To pay construction costs, the commission is also scheduled to approve issuing about $18 million in ...more »

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Safe crossings: New crosswalks on Main Street make crossing safe

MIDDLETOWN — It was Dodge City last year when the City’s Public Works Department visited the dangerous stretch of land between the North End and the United Church of Christ. Watching jaywalking pedestrians “dodge” speeding cars as they crossed the road was not an uncommon sight while traipsing down Main Street. According to a 2009 report by the United States Department of Transportation, 68 thousand pedestrians are ...more »

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Storm Water Fee Under Consideration St. Charles officials consid

A proposed utility fee to help manage storm water would cost the average household less than five dollars a month, but potentially thousands annually for businesses, schools and churches. Citing a need to better manage the city's creeks and rainwater runoff to prevent flooding, city officials look to charge a monthly storm water utility fee based on the overall non-permeable land on properties. Examples include the footprint ...more »

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Public works in the past?

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey's governor wants to kill a $9 billion-plus train tunnel to New York City because of runaway costs. Six thousand miles away, Hawaii's outgoing governor is having second thoughts about a proposed $5.5 billion rail line in Honolulu. In many of the 48 states in between, infrastructure projects are languishing on the drawing board, awaiting the right mix of creative financing, political arm-twisting ...more »

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Civil Rights

Sedition case: Civil rights groups back Arundhati

New Delhi: Civil rights groups have protested Delhi Police's reported move to book writer-activist Arundhati Roy for sedition. Talking to CNN-IBN, National Advisory Council (NAC) member and social activist Aruna Roy defended Arundhati's right to express her opinion. "Well I speak for myself and not as an NAC Member. I simply do not believe. Neither for Arundhati nor for any other person, that just by expressing an opinion ...more »

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Civil Rights

Education Department Takes Aim at Gay Bullying

The administration is putting more teeth behind bullying and harassment policies when they involve gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered students. The Education Department is taking an aggressive stance on gay-bashing, telling schools that they could be in violation of civil rights laws and anti-bullying policies if their students tease or harass their peers based on their sexual orientation. The agency is digging ...more »

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Defense

Germany undertakes major military restructuring

BERLIN -- Germany's Defense Minister says the country will begin a major restructuring of the military next year as it moves from a Cold War conscript army to one better positioned to face today's threats, while also cutting costs. Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told reporters Tuesday as he was presented an expert commission's recommendations that the overall restructuring is expected to take five to eight ...more »

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Disabilities

Norwegian Cruise Line to pay $100,000 to nine disabled passenger

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY CAPTIONCourtesy Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line has agreed to pay $100,000 to nine cruisers with disabilities who allegedly were discriminated against on one of its ships. The U.S. Justice Department, which announced the settlement on Monday, had sued the line on behalf of the cruisers, five of whom are deaf and four of whom use wheelchairs. The Justice Department says in a statement ...more »

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Economy

Political Wisdom: Voter Anger and the Economy

A week before the elections, voter anger isn’t subsiding and there’s a lot of blame going around as the Democrats face the expected loss of their House majority and maybe the Senate, too. The economy is lousy, and there’s a sense that President Barack Obama just doesn’t get it. Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic says it’s time for Democrats to quit blaming “the narrative,” whatever that is. Zoom ahead to early this year: ...more »

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Education

At Temple, Secretary Arne Duncan, Tony Danza promote teaching R

In an auditorium full of high school students, teachers, and college students training to be teachers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, actor Tony Danza, and others on Monday hailed teaching as a rewarding field in need of new and innovative talent. Touting the U.S. Department of Education's TEACH program, a national campaign to attract more people to be teachers, Duncan told the gathering of about 1,000 people ...more »

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Ethics

A Double Standard for House Ethics?

The ethics cases against Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) highlight an odd paradox: that many other members of Congress do similar things but are not facing charges. On March 4, 2009, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced a witness at a hearing promoting renewable energy interests: Brooks Hurst. Congressman Graves failed to mention that Hurst was an old friend. The congressman also left out that ...more »

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Family

ABC picks up new shows 'Better' and 'Family'

ABC is continuing this season's pattern of extending pickups to moderately performing new shows, reflecting the overall weakness of this year's group of rookies. The network gave full-season orders to "Better With You," the weakest link in its Wednesday comedy lineup, and "No Ordinary Family," the creatively promising Tuesday drama, while also ordering four additional episodes of the Tuesday drama "Detroit 1-8-7." It ...more »

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