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June 20, 2011 By

911 Miscommunication Wounds Officers

As men tried to kick in the door, Steven Ray Jones begged a 911 operator to quickly send the police. Jones, believing the attackers who critically injured his cousin had returned, opened fire as the door to the Pleasant Grove apartment flew open. But it wasn’t the bad guys. It was the police. Dallas Morning News

Michigan Cities Combine Police, Fire, Save Money

Officials say having one department instead of separate fire and police agencies works for them and saves millions of dollars a year. Numerous Michigan communities -- including Oak Park, the Grosse Pointes, Huntington Woods, Fraser and Kalamazoo -- have combined safety forces. Other municipalities are studying the idea, responding to tight finances and Gov. Rick Snyder's push for consolidation. Detroit News

Houston's Homeless Court

Houston Municipal Court's special docket known as Homeless Court was established in 2006. The voluntary program provides a way for the homeless to clear misdemeanor tickets through time spent in community service or recovery programs. It's the only such court in Texas, according to the American Bar Association. Houston Chronicle

Ban on Hearing Aids Is Forcing Out Veteran New York City Police Officers

After years of informally allowing officers to wear hearing aids, and even paying for some, the department in late 2009 began enforcing a ban on the hearing devices, forcing older officers who had them to retire and instructing younger officers to stop wearing them at work. New York Times

Different Flood Responses of Nearby Towns

Blencoe and Modale, Ia. -- These two western Iowa towns seemingly have much in common: They’re about the same size, farming is their lifeblood and both look ahead to a summer of uncertainty as the floodwaters of the Missouri River continue to surge around them. But faced with difficult decisions about how they would respond to the threat of historic, prolonged flooding, Blencoe and Modale -- 26 miles apart and a couple of hundred residents each -- have made very different choices. Des Moines Register

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