Blame This Pittsburgh Official for Daylight Savings Time; Unisys Announces New Georgia Service Center

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Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Monday, November 3, 2014 ...

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: Do you dislike the shift in daylight savings time? You can blame a Pittsburgh City Council member from nearly a century ago. In a 2009 Pittsburgh magazine feature, Rick Sebak writes about Robert Garland, who “became a passionate advocate for turning American clocks forward in the summer months to increase industrial productivity and to give people more time for activities (golf! tennis! baseball!) on summer evenings.”

AUGUSTA, Georgia: Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Monday that global IT services company Unisys plans to open up a new service center in Richmond County, creating 700 jobs. “Our state will be able to provide Unisys with the support it needs to remain competitive in the marketplace and, in turn, this company will provide our citizens with high-quality, good-paying jobs. Georgia’s technology sector is thriving, and I'm confident that we have all the necessary resources for Unisys to successfully serve its customers around the world,” Deal said in a statement released by his office.

RALEIGH, North Carolina: Voters in North Carolina’s capital city are considering a proposal that would allow the city to borrow $92 million in bonds to help improve local parks. “Over the last couple years, we thought—and then it was confirmed in our system-planning process—that we have a great parks system, but we need to take care of what we have,” the director of parks and recreation told Andrew Kinney of the News & Observer.

PHOENIX, Arizona: Our friends over at CityLab interviewed Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton about transit growth in his largely car-dependent city. "A great city, a great community, is truly multi-modal, and has many forms of transportation that work well," Stanton tells CityLab’s Eric Jaffe. "I want to make sure that people understand that from my perspective, great public transportation, great bikeability, great walkability, is of equal value as those cars on the road."

SACRAMENTO, California: The California State Library is dusting off and digitizing more than 10,000 sepia-toned 3-D photographs, most from the 1800s. As Claudia Buck reports for the Sacramento Bee, previously, the photos could only be accessed by appointment. With digitization, the stereoscopic photos will be made available on a photo-sharing platform.

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