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City of Temple unveils updated website | News

The city of Temple’s website now has a fresher, more modern look.

The city recently launched a newly redesigned templetx.gov that officials said is focused on improving residents’ access to information, public services and boosting community engagement, according to a news release.

The redesign, development and training fee was $18,450, according to the city. After that, the municipal government will pay an annual hosting and support fee of $8,925.

“We are focused on improving the quality of life for our residents, and that includes improving our residents’ digital experience with us,” Marketing and Communications Director Heather Bates said. “Our new site is beautiful and is easy to work with. It’s informative, interactive and user-friendly — all the things we want to provide for our residents.”

Temple’s previous site was hosted with Civic Plus. The new site is with Revize, which also hosts the sites for the city of Belton and

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  • September 30, 2020
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Ex-UAW President Dennis Williams pleads guilty in corruption saga

Detroit — Former United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union, giving federal prosecutors a second landmark conviction in a years-long crackdown on auto industry corruption.

Williams, 67, of Corona, California, pleaded guilty nearly four months after Gary Jones, his successor, admitted to helping steal more than $1 million from rank-and-file workers. They are the highest-ranking union leaders convicted in a corruption scandal that has pushed one of the nation’s most powerful unions to the brink of federal takeover.

Williams, who resigned his membership Sept. 18, is the 15th person convicted of a crime following an investigation that has revealed labor leaders and auto executives broke federal labor laws, stole union funds and received bribes and illegal benefits from union contractors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executives.

Williams,

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  • September 30, 2020
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How coronavirus shifts conservative playbook in Supreme Court fight

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon has spent the two years since President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court perfecting his advocacy playbook.

Fly conservative activists to Washington for a multiday workshop. Gather them in a hotel ballroom for training sessions. Send them to the U.S. Capitol to demonstrate at legislators’ offices. Feed them at a local restaurant.

It’s a model that Brandon is relying on once again for the confirmation process of Trump’s third nominee to the high court, Amy Coney Barrett, if logistical hurdles associated with gathering groups during the pandemic don’t get in the way.

Beginning this weekend, Brandon plans to bring mask-wearing activists back to the nation’s capital for a series of events tied to the election and Barrett’s nomination.

While he hopes that activists will be permitted inside the U.S. Senate and authorized to conduct mini-rallies with ideologically aligned lawmakers, the conservative organizer admits

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  • September 30, 2020
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St. Augustine City Commission adopts vacation rental fees

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St. Augustine commissioners recently adopted fees for vacation rentals, and the city will send letters to property owners about how to register vacation rentals. 

The fee is a base rate of $294.48 per rental unit plus a fee of $73.81 per bedroom rented. The operator will have to pay a fee each year based on that rate structure to renew the vacation rental’s registration. 

There is a $100 fee for people who are late renewing their annual vacation rental registration. If a rental has to be re-inspected for code compliance or fire safety because of a failed inspection, the re-inspection rate is $50. A successful inspection is required to be registered with the city. 

The city plans to make the online registration system available this week, said David Birchim, city Planning and Building Department director. The city will send out letters to property owners

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  • September 30, 2020
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Federal decision to keep Snake River dams in place is now official; dam debate is far from over

Federal agencies have finalized a plan that will keep the Snake River Dams in place. It allows for more springtime spill over dams to help juvenile salmon migrating out to the Pacific Ocean.

After four years of study, the Record of Decision makes the federal agencies’ preferred option official. Managers and dam supporters say it will benefit salmon, reliable hydropower and the economy.

“(The decision) also provides flexibility for the future, so we can improve as the science advances,” said John Hairston, acting administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation approved the decision.

“The document evaluates the necessary response between responsible environmental stewardship and the multiple uses of the Columbia River System,” said Lorri Gray, regional director with the Bureau of Reclamation.

River uses at odds

Some of the uses are at odds: navigation to and from Lewiston, Idaho,

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  • September 30, 2020
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A Variety Of Creative Ways To Demonstrate Love Proposals

Love in the time of a Pandemic:

The remarkable year and turbulent times of 2020 will be a story not only of the twenty-first century’s enduring hardships, but also of love during the time of a global pandemic. After reading and watching all accounts of the pandemic, Americans have begun to put it all aside and start over again, taking nothing for granted.

For the first time, planning an engagement proposal has had to face the global challenges that now have national borders. In addition, taking compromised immune systems into account, a celebratory gathering is only as safe as our most vulnerable guests. Nevertheless, through catastrophic falls there has surfaced numerous rebirths, pioneering a time in developing demonstrative ways for engagement ring shopping as well as choosing a local destination to plan your proposal and exchange vows.

Today, for

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  • September 30, 2020
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Bristol Bears going strong on two fronts after bonus-point victory over Leicester Tigers

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Bristol, just five days after reaching the Challenge Cup final with their victory after extra time against Bordeaux-Begles, maintained their hopes of also securing a place in the Premiership play-offs with this comfortable bonus-point victory over Leicester Tigers.

Pat Lam, the Bristol director of rugby, had kept just five players from his starting XV and it was more than enough against a Leicester side forced to make even more changes following their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Toulon on Saturday.

The retention of Kyle Sinckler, Dave Attwood and Steve Luatua and Nathan Hughes in the pack provided enough firepower up front to allow fly-half Callum Sheedy to control the game. What should have been a heavyweight contest ahead of the final round of the campaign was reduced to little more than a training run at times for Bristol.

The maximum-point return ensures that Bristol

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  • September 30, 2020
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hotels recovering, but bars, restaurants suffering

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Corpus Christi’s tourism industry is still hurting because of the pandemic, but it has started to recover. 

Hotel occupancy rates hit the single digits and averaged lower than 20% around Easter weekend in April. Now the rate is roughly 55%, said Brett Oetting, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s CEO/ president. 

Oetting started in his position shortly after the pandemic took off in mid-March. 

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A National Park Ranger places a closed sign below the Padre Island National Seashore sign on Park Road 22 on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales ordered the vehicle access to parks and beaches closed over the Easter weekend. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

Since then, he has worked strenuously to keep the leisure industry afloat, while also keeping the threat of

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  • September 30, 2020
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The best Nintendo Switch games for 2020

This article was last updated by Digital Trends’ contributor Don Reisinger on 8/24/2020.

The Nintendo Switch is having a good year. The console-handheld hybrid has been on the market for over three years now, but a slew of promising ports in the first few months of the year gave Christmas 2019 adopters a healthy diet of new titles to enjoy.

Ports of already existing gems like Doom cover the first-person shooter genre, whereas the newly completed Kentucky Route Zero has something for those who like to settle down with a classic point-and-click adventure.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

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It didn’t take long for Paper Mario: The Origami King to take the Switch universe by storm. The game features the traditional Paper Mario look and feel and is set in a world where Mario and his partner Olivia need to take on the Folded Soldiers. All the while, of course,

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  • September 30, 2020
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This Is the Worst Emoji to Send When You’re Flirting, Survey Shows

The days of flirting across a bar with a wink and a smile are long gone. Due to the rise of online dating—and now, the effects of the COVID pandemic—flirting has gone almost entirely virtual. And as a result, people have begun to get more comfortable communicating their feelings via typed out messages, or, as many prefer, emojis. Using emojis in place of words when flirting or to enhance your message is a great way to get your point across in a fun and playful way. However, according to a Plenty of Fish survey, there is one emoji that will likely not land you that date with your online crush—the eggplant emoji.

Some of you may be wondering why an innocent garden vegetable is topping the list of the biggest emoji turn-offs. The eggplant emoji is a notorious sexual innuendo and could send any online dater on the

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  • September 30, 2020