Kansas City mayor extends state of emergency until May 1 | Coronavirus

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Wednesday an extension to Kansas City’s state of emergency and updated safety guidelines with the help of Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Erica Carney.

Kansas City’s state of emergency has been

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Portland apartment rents fell significantly in 2020, with downtown driving sharp decline

The cost of renting an apartment in Portland plummeted in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, with rental prices in downtown and Northwest Portland driving the sharp decline.

Last year’s falling rents reversed a decade of steep increases that contributed to the city’s housing crisis. With many Oregonians unemployed during the pandemic, though, lower rents may not make housing more affordable overall.

Portland rents have dropped 7.4% since the start of

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Oak Ridge asks citizens to avoid in-person business, updates city service COVID-19 protocols

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — City Manager Mark Watson is urging Oak Ridgers to conduct business over the phone and by mail whenever possible as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the city.

Most financial transactions can be handled electronically and via mail, according to a news release from the city. Those wanting to meet someone are asked to call the department’s extension directly.

Many of the

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Working Out at Home: How to Get Started


Whether your New Year’s resolution is to start exercising or you’ve decided to skip the gym and work out at home to stay safe, it’s actually a great time to start a home fitness program. For one thing, regular physical activity has benefits like boosting mood, improving sleep, controlling weight, and lowering heart disease risk. For another, you can find pretty much any type of exercise online and

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The best time to reserving summer camping spots in Colorado is January

Rocky Mountain National Park volunteer Karen Morse, right, pulled names out of a hat for the backcountry camping permits drawing at the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Office last March. That process “will look a little different this year, due to COVID,” according to park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. Details are yet to be finalized. (Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)

For outdoors enthusiasts in Colorado, the arrival of winter means

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Today’s events for Jan. 13 | Entertainment

TODAY

Beading with Dianne, a beginner jewelry making class, will be held from 1-3 p.m. today at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Learn to make one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry like earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. The class is for ages 14 and older. The cost is $20 for city residents and $25 for non-city residents, and includes supplies. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

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The Lower Savannah

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Recipients of stimulus funds went bankrupt, fired workers and closed

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From J.C. Penney to Victoria’s Secret, here are 8 retailers who will either make it or break it in 2021.

USA TODAY

Stein Mart Inc. was desperate for shoppers long before COVID-19 forced closures at its discount department stores, scattered mostly throughout the Southeast. 

During the past several years, the Florida retailer had hemorrhaged tens of millions of dollars, while searching for a corporate buyer. Like many struggling businesses,

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Lamar Actor Reunites With Franklin To Roast Him In Real Life

Shawn Fonteno and Slink Johnson, GTA 5’s Franklin and Lamar, star in a real-life recreation of a cutscene that recently reached meme status.

A recent Grand Theft Auto V meme reached its pinnacle after being re-created in real life by the original actors. Grand Theft Auto V, about to enter its 8th year of existence and 3rd console cycle, is one of the most popular and long-lasting games in

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People Living With Disabilities Want a Broader Park Experience

Alvaro Silberstein of Chile has lived most of his life in a wheelchair—and is still an avid outdoor adventurer. He cofounded the accessible-tourism company Wheel the World, which recently won a Lonely Planet 2020 Best in Travel award in the category of inclusivity. Silberstein has experienced national parks across the globe and supports the United States park system, saying the US offers some of the most accessible parks he’s visited

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These 2 N.J. towns were awarded $100K grants to improve accessibility for those with disabilities

Improving accessibility for residents with disabilities something that is important in many New Jersey communities. After receiving $100,000 in grant money from the Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant Program, two New Jersey municipalities now have the funds to put their plans into action.

Hanover Township in Morris County and Evesham Township in Burlington County were each awarded a Capacity Building Grant as part of the state Department of Human Services’ program

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Maine State Parks shatter visitor records for 2020

Despite a pandemic, limitations, and a shorter season, park attendance topped 3 million visitors in 2020.

MAINE, USA — Even with delayed openings and capacity and out-of-state travel limitations due to Covid-19, more than 3 million people visited Maine’s state parks last year.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) says 2020 broke all records for recreation visits. 

In all, 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks in 2020. 

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