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Napolitano cites El Paso, Texas, as example of improved border safety
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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano concluded her two-day tour of the border recently in El Paso, Texas, touting that city as an example of improved safety along the border. She spent the morning touring the West Texas border with area Customs and Border Patrol officials. At an afternoon press conference she told reporters that arrests of illegal border crossers in the El Paso area went down 93 percent since 1996. More

Report paints dire picture of city finances
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A report by a consultant hired by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration paints a dire picture of future city finances — opening the door for city officials to make widespread cuts, including to health and pension benefits of city employees. More

Property tax revenue limits squeeze school budgets
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A 20-year-old cap on how much property tax revenue Wisconsin public school districts can earn has become a thorn in the sides of local officials as shrinking home values and dwindling state funding have put a squeeze on their budgets. As the provision comes under increased scrutiny in that state in the wake of the Great Recession, larger questions are being raised after whether limiting local public education revenue is a sustainable policy for the future. More

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New Jersey order on rebuilding to code post-Sandy lauded, but price may be high
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The New Jerseys governor's recent order standardizing the rebuilding codes along the state's coast in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will help speed the process of rebuilding, but agents say property owners are just beginning to learn the implications it may have on their reconstruction decisions. More

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Seattle PD ruled not liable in 2005 slaying of high-school coach
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If a police officer notices shotgun shells lying on the ground while questioning a suspect and doesn't pick them up, is he liable if the suspect retrieves them later and uses them to kill? A unanimous Oregon Supreme Court recently said no. More

City moves toward a hybrid retirement plan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In hopes of curbing rising pension costs, the Ocala City Council in Florida recently formed a consensus to change the city's General Employees=' Retirement Plan to a hybrid plan, but will wait until the actuarial consultant presents the numbers of what each of the three proposed hybrid plans will cost the city. Those numbers should be available in 30-60 days. More

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Police chiefs, sheriff at impasse over jail turning away some inmates; health care rights, fear of lawsuits cited
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Local police chiefs are at an impasse with Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek over his authority to turn away prisoners from the county jail in Berryville, Ark. While the chiefs say the sheriff has violated state law by refusing lawfully arrested inmates, Grudek maintains he is safeguarding prisoners' constitutional rights — and protecting taxpayers from costly litigation. More

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