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Drones

Coverage of ways unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are changing how state and local government collects data on physical infrastructure, maps jurisdictions via GIS and monitors public safety from the sky. Also includes stories about efforts by private-sector companies and education institutions to improve how drones can better help government deliver services.

Officials with WellSpan Health — which is based in York County, Pa. — said this week that they are preparing to use drones to deliver prescriptions and medical supplies to patients’ homes.
The Department of Justice approved the drone policy Tuesday, a decision New Orleans police say allows them to deploy drones in specific scenarios as a "more efficient, cost-effective and safer alternative."
An out-of-town businessman wants to fly surveillance drones over city neighborhoods, but aldermen, the mayor and local activists are pushing back against a plan they say is unwanted.
Walmart will have the ability to make drone deliveries with its partners Wing and Zipline to 75% of Dallas-Fort Worth by the end of this year, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Tuesday.
In an attempt to remove some of the mystery and danger that accompanies one of law enforcement’s most hazardous jobs, agencies in Ohio are outfitting their SWAT teams with cutting-edge tech.
Thanks to a drone waiver granted by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division is able to more nimbly keep track of the state's entire rail network.
The state already leads the country with regards to unmanned aerial system testing, but one state lawmaker is advocating for more of the technology and a new state agency to oversee it safely.
On Tuesday night, around 50 people, including law enforcement, civic leaders, journalists and citizens, turned up to the police academy to see a demonstration of the new drones and ask questions.
On Monday, the Plano City Council tabled an item to amend zoning that would allow for unmanned aircraft drone delivery from commercial drone delivery hubs and air taxi operation within the city.
The Plano City Council on Monday will consider amending zoning to allow commercial drone delivery hubs to operate within the city, making it possible for land to be used for drone package delivery.