Chicago Public Schools make full pension payment by deadline

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:28 Written by
CHICAGO The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made its full teachers' pension payment on Tuesday ahead of a midnight deadline, saying the move will require $200 million in spending cuts, according to a school official. Illinois law mandated a $634 million payment to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, but it was uncertain whether the cash-strapped public school system, the nation's third-largest, would find the necessary money. "As we have said, CPS could not make the payment…
Milwaukee bus union members to hold three-day work stoppage
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:54 Written by
MILWAUKEE Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee will take part in a three-day work stoppage starting on Wednesday morning after negotiations with transit system officials stalled over a new labor contract, union officials said on Tuesday. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 will stop working at 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday and return 72 hours later, union officials said. "We had no intention to go out on strike, we wanted to sit…
Lead lawmaker's bill would address Chicago school pension shortfall
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:46 Written by
CHICAGO Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday proposed legislation aimed at providing pension funding relief for the Chicago Public Schools, while meeting Governor Bruce Rauner's call for a local property tax freeze. The bill, set to be heard by the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, would require the state to pay a much bigger share of Chicago teachers' pensions and reduce the nation's third-largest public school district's contributions going forward. Illinois would kick in
New Hawaii law legalizes traditional 'clean burial' practice
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:31 Written by
HONOLULU In Hawaii, the dead can now be put to rest following an ancient Hawaiian custom called "clean burial" in which only a person's bones are buried, under a new law signed by Governor David Ige on Tuesday. The law legalizes the now-rare practice, once considered a violation of Hawaii's penal code, of allowing family members to handle bones of deceased loved ones after their flesh is removed in a partial cremation. The burial practice,
Texas county will issue same-sex marriage licenses, reversing earlier stance
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:31 Written by
DALLAS A Texas county clerk said on Tuesday her office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reversing a previous decision that was based on religious objections. Some counties in other socially conservative states such as Kentucky have declined to issue such licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. The controversy could result in a new round of lawsuits over gay marriage. Katie…
Drummer for Journey in jail on rape charges in Oregon
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:44 Written by
PORTLAND, Ore. Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was in jail in Oregon on Tuesday on charges of rape and sexual assault, court officials said. Castronovo made an afternoon court appearance where a Marion County Circuit Judge did not set bail for his release, court officials said. Castronovo, of Salem, Oregon, is charged with rape, assault and unlawful use of a weapon stemming from his arrest in an alleged domestic violence incident on June 14, the Statesman…
Oklahoma judge orders grand jury probe of Tulsa sheriff's office
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:37 Written by
TULSA, Okla. An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday ordered a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. Judge Rebecca Nightingale issued the order after an activist group submitted a petition aimed at compelling a grand jury investigation into Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his department. The judge ruled that the petition complied with state laws and rejected
Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:24 Written by
PORTLAND, Ore. Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on Tuesday, the first step in a voter-approved initiative that will usher in retail weed stores in 2016 like those operating in Washington state and Colorado.…
U.S. names new envoy for bid to close Guantanamo prison
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:08 Written by
WASHINGTON A newly appointed special envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo prison said he saw a window of opportunity that could substantially reduce the detainee population there in coming months. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named attorney Lee Wolosky, who served in the National Security Council under the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to a post considered crucial to meeting President Barack Obama’s long-standing…
Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:19 Written by
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to put together an ordinance allowing employers of job training programs to pay workers below the minimum wage for the first…

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