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Also: Arizona eliminates consumer protection agency and Pittsburgh’s falling glass risk.
Here’s what we’ve been reading today …
COLUMBUS, Mississippi: In the wake of the decision to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, a handful of local officials in Mississippi have taken down their state’s flag—which features the Confederate battle standard in one corner—from city property, according to The Clarion Ledger. On Tuesday, local officials in Columbus voted unanimously to ban the state flag, joining four other cities in the Magnolia State to do so. [The Clarion Ledger]
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia: Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration has distributed new design standards for District employees and contractors to use “with strict rules about the fonts, logos, and colors municipal agencies can use in their marketing,” Washingtonian reports. It’s also the same typeface used by Shake Shack. [Washingtonian]
PHOENIX, Arizona: In Gov. Doug Ducey’s efforts to slash state bureaucracy, the state Department of Weights and Measures, which is a consumer protection agency with duties like making sure gas stations aren’t scamming drivers at the pump, will be eliminated by next year, The Arizona Republic reports. The department’s responsibilities will be farmed out to other state departments and agencies. [The Arizona Republic]
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: Watch out Steel City! Leaning up against plate-glass windows is very dangerous and that seemingly simple action can lead to injury. Additionally, windows in aging buildings can rain down on sidewalks, according to CBS Pittsburgh, which says that “cracked glass several stories up . . . can be unpredictable.” [CBS Pittsburgh]
MISSOULA, Montana: The Missoula City Council will consider a proposed ordinance next month that would ban wild or exotic animal acts in the city. “You refer to the circus as a tradition, and it is a tradition, but that doesn’t mean that every tradition needs to go on,” Councilmember Marilyn Marler said, according to the Billings Gazette. “Sometimes society’s values change. There are some traditions that we don’t do anymore.” [Billings Gazette]
Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Government Executive’s Route Fifty.