Will A Golf Course Save Benton Harbor's Economy?

The Whirlpool Corp., the largest home appliance maker in the world, wants to improve its hometown of Benton Harbor, Mich. Executives are leveraging a PGA-approved golf course to try to turn the city into a tourist destination. But many residents aren’t convinced becoming a tourist town is the best way to create jobs.

Census accuracy report shakes up municipal challenges
The three cities with the highest projected heat death tolls are Louisville, with an estimated 19,000 heat-related fatalities by 2099; Detroit, with 17,900, and Cleveland, with 16,600,

Concentrated populations of poor people without access to air conditioning are expected to contribute to the rising death tolls.

Thousands of additional heat deaths were also projected by century’s end for Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., the report said.

June, July and August are expected to see above-normal temperatures over most of the contiguous United States, from inland California to New Jersey, and from as far north as Idaho and Wyoming to Texas, Florida and the desert Southwest, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a May 17 forecast.

A Pennsylvania judge approved the appointment of Harrisburg's new receiver on Thursday

Hilary Russ and Mark Shade report that

Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Leadbetter said at a hearing that she would issue an order confirming retired U.S. Air Force Major General William Lynch as receiver.

She announced her decision after David Unkovic, the former receiver, testified about why he suddenly resigned at the end of March.

In his first public comments since he quit two months ago, Unkovic testified that “creditors’ control of the incinerator fundamentally undermined” his ability to do his job.

He also said, “I believed I was about to be removed as receiver.”

Vallejo, Calif., once bankrupt, is now a model for cities in an age of austerity

Assistant City Manager Craig Whittom, who has worked in Vallejo since 2003, said the bankruptcy may have been the best thing to happen: “It was effective at helping us re-create ourselves and change the culture so that we could restart from a stronger financial footing.”

Stockton creditors extend mediation period

Jim Christie reports

The two sides will enter into a 30-day extension of talks through June 25 as the end of their 60-day confidential mediation period is drawing to a close.

San Francisco best for parks, Fresno worst

Nearby Sacramento ranked second, while east coast metropolises Boston and New York tied for third, followed by Washington, D.C.


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