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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Not Seeking Reelection
In The News
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Not Seeking Reelection

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city's second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe... Read More

St. Louis Elects First Black Female Mayor
Cities
St. Louis Elects First Black Female Mayor
2021-04-08 15:21:23
by Dan McCue

St. LOUIS - Tishaura Jones, running on a promise to reform and revitalize her city, has become the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis. As previously reported by The Well News, this year’s mayoral race featured a new,... Read More

Georgia Prevails in Water War With Florida
Supreme Court
Georgia Prevails in Water War With Florida
2021-04-01 20:52:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A cross-border battle over water rights extending back some 27 years came to an abrupt end on Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled Florida failed to show its once-thriving oyster region was destroyed by Georgia’s unrelenting thirst for... Read More

New York City Unveils 'First Ever' Racial Justice Commission
Cities
New York City Unveils 'First Ever' Racial Justice Commission
2021-03-23 19:39:37
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a new racial justice commission Tuesday, which he said will be tasked with targeting and dismantling structural and institutional racism across the city. At the same time the new... Read More

Invoking No Taxation Without Representation, DC Again Seeks Statehood
In The States
Invoking No Taxation Without Representation, DC Again Seeks Statehood
2021-03-22 19:52:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The tumultuous legacy left by rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried through into a congressional hearing Monday on statehood for the District of Columbia. The mayor wanted to call in the National Guard... Read More

Chicago Expanding Outdoor Dining and Creative Spaces
Cities
Chicago Expanding Outdoor Dining and Creative Spaces
2021-03-19 20:14:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago announced a new initiative called Chicago Alfresco, which seeks to not only expand the city’s outdoor dining program but also allow businesses and non-profit organizations to design creative long-term outdoor spaces. The initiative is... Read More

Lincoln, Nebraska: Sustainable Pioneer on the Prairie
Cities
Lincoln, Nebraska: Sustainable Pioneer on the Prairie
2021-03-16 21:34:06
by Dan McCue

For many people, the image of climate change is a coastal event. It’s the more frequent and larger hurricanes being followed by The Weather Channel. And whole tropical nations disappearing into the sea. But what of the plains, the vast... Read More

Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
Cities
Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
2021-03-16 17:49:51
by Daniel Mollenkamp

PORTLAND, Ore. -  A mayor-led press conference that prominently featured law enforcement on Monday afternoon condemned the "violence and intimidation tactics" of groups operating in Portland which they described as lawless, prone to property damage, and bad for the community.... Read More

NYC Prosecutor, Trump Nemesis Won't Seek Reelection
Cities
NYC Prosecutor, Trump Nemesis Won't Seek Reelection
2021-03-12 18:36:30
by TWN Staff

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who is currently overseeing a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump will not seek re-election to a fourth term, he announced Friday morning. “Representing the people of New York during this pivotal era for... Read More

Bye, Bismarck: 144 Cities Could Lose Status as Metro Areas
Cities
Bye, Bismarck: 144 Cities Could Lose Status as Metro Areas

Bye-bye, Bismarck. So long, Sheboygan. Those cities in North Dakota and Wisconsin, respectively, are two of 144 that the federal government is proposing to downgrade from the metropolitan statistical area designation, and it could be more than just a matter... Read More

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Date Announced
District of Columbia
Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Date Announced
2021-03-02 14:29:27
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - It’s hard to believe it’s almost that time of year again, but on Monday came word that the peak bloom for the cherry blossoms ringing the Tidal Basin in Washington is currently expected to occur April 2-5.  That... Read More

St. Louis to Use New Voting Method for First Time
Cities
St. Louis to Use New Voting Method for First Time
2021-03-01 19:08:08
by Dan McCue

ST. LOUIS – The city of St. Louis, Mo., will hold its mayoral primary Tuesday with a new electoral process approved by voters in November.  Under the so-called “approval voting” regime, candidates of all political affiliations will appear on the... Read More

Non-Profit Sees Destabilizing Effect of COVID-19 First-Hand in DC
Cities
Non-Profit Sees Destabilizing Effect of COVID-19 First-Hand in DC
2021-02-16 15:51:31
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - Representatives from a DC non-profit say the coronavirus has severely increased the reliance of underprivileged communities on their services, which emphasizes the socially destabilizing impacts of the virus. The DC neighborhoods around the headquarters of Martha's Table, a... Read More

Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants
Cybercrime
Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A hacker's botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is raising alarms about just how vulnerable the nation's water systems may be to attacks by more sophisticated intruders. Treatment plants... Read More

Virus Dims Carnival Joy and Commerce on a New Orleans Street
Cities
Virus Dims Carnival Joy and Commerce on a New Orleans Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — During last year's Carnival season, tourists at the Elysian Fields Inn gathered over breakfast to talk about parades from the night before. At NOLA Art Bar, they sipped cocktails and watched a parade go by. At... Read More

Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy
Cities
Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy
2021-02-09 20:09:40
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Less than two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a Columbus police officer, the City Council last week passed a comprehensive police reform policy it hopes will reduce the number of police-involved... Read More

DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs
Cities
DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs
2021-02-09 20:02:06
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – A new city program will all allow local businesses to aggregate into larger buying groups, enabling them to lower their energy costs by taking advantage of bulk purchase prices, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. The new program, "District... Read More

Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego
Environment
Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego
2021-01-29 17:38:26
by Sara Wilkerson

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that simplifies the city of San Diego’s required permitting process to operate the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The legislation will... Read More

No Mardi Gras Parades, So Thousands Make 'House Floats'
Cities
No Mardi Gras Parades, So Thousands Make 'House Floats'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You just can’t keep a good city down, especially when Mardi Gras is coming. All around New Orleans, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus outbreak canceled the elaborate parades mobbed by... Read More

Indoor Dining to Resume in the District of Columbia at 25% Capacity
District of Columbia
Indoor Dining to Resume in the District of Columbia at 25% Capacity
2021-01-21 17:04:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Restaurants in the District of Columbia will be able to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning early Friday morning, the chief of staff for Mayor Muriel Bowser said. In a post to his Twitter account, John Falcicchio,... Read More

Capitol Police Step Up Security Ahead of Inauguration
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Step Up Security Ahead of Inauguration
2021-01-15 15:19:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police have significantly ratcheted up security throughout the Capitol Complex ahead of next week's presidential inaugural ceremony. Measures include installing unscalable eight-foot tall fencing and the closing of several area roads. The department is also... Read More

EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot
Cities
EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District of Columbia National Guard played such a limited role as civilian law enforcement officers were outnumbered... Read More

D.C. Police Prepare for Violence As Protests Erupt Over 2020 Election
Political News
D.C. Police Prepare for Violence As Protests Erupt Over 2020 Election
2021-01-05 23:26:36
by Tom Ramstack

Washington, D.C.’s mayor called in the National Guard Monday ahead of demonstrations scheduled for this week to protest Congress’ expected vote to certify that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump and his supporters say the election... Read More

COVID Relief Bill Spares Public Transit Industry Massive Service Cuts
Transportation
COVID Relief Bill Spares Public Transit Industry Massive Service Cuts
2020-12-29 15:36:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s signature on the sweeping coronavirus relief and federal spending bill passed by Congress just before Christmas will likely spare the nation’s public transit the drastic cuts in services and employees the industry has been anticipating... Read More

Workers Install 192 Crystals on Times Square New Year's Ball
Cities
Workers Install 192 Crystals on Times Square New Year's Ball

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers installed 192 glittering Waterford crystal triangles on Times Square’s New Year’s Eve ball Sunday in preparation for a pandemic-limited celebration that will lack the usual tightly packed crowds of revelers. The ball is a 12-foot... Read More

DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
Cities
DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
2020-12-23 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia will ban indoor dining as of Wednesday night and is tightening other restrictions to tamp down on a surge of coronavirus cases. According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the tightened measures are needed due... Read More

Holiday Happenings DC-Style
In The News
Holiday Happenings DC-Style
2020-12-18 21:47:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While there are few things in life that can easily be covered by sweeping generalities, one thing that can be said with some certainty is that thanks to the stubbornness of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people... Read More

NYC's First African American Mayor, David Dinkins, Has Died
Cities
NYC's First African American Mayor, David Dinkins, Has Died

NEW YORK (AP) — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of a riot in Brooklyn, has... Read More

New Orleans: Coronavirus Nixes Mardi Gras-Season Parades
Cities
New Orleans: Coronavirus Nixes Mardi Gras-Season Parades

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The raucous Mardi Gras parades where riders on elaborate floats toss trinkets to adoring throngs have been canceled in New Orleans because the close-packed crowds could spread the novel coronavirus. At least for 2021, the pandemic... Read More

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
Cities
Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
2020-11-09 14:30:35
by Reece Nations

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an emergency coronavirus relief program for restaurants and bars in Chicago that are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic.  The grant program will reallocate $10 million in CARES Act funds to businesses... Read More

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