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Stockton, Calif., retirees feel shock
of benefit rollback

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For Gary Jones, a retired Stockton, Calif., police officer, getting his brain scanned every four to six months is essential to monitor an inoperable tumor with a 12 percent survival rate. On June 26, Jones, who takes nine pills a day to control facial seizures, urged the City Council to reject a proposal to end health care payments for retirees under a budget the city will use to operate in bankruptcy. He failed. More

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Phoenix to invest $50 million in local banks
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Phoenix is taking the concept of "buy local" to the next level, launching a bank-local program to invest millions of dollars in public money with Valley banks and credit unions. The city will invest up to $50 million with local financial institutions in the coming months through a variety of federally insured deposits, city officials said. More

Charity boxing program can't afford city-mandated
sex abuse insurance

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Headlines about pedophiles, perverts and sex abuse could cost city contractors more than they can afford New York. The city requires a select group of programs get sex abuse insurance. On any given day, kids from the streets walk through the door at Altas Cops for Kids boxing program. A boxing gym in a remodeled parking garage at Flatbush Gardens in Brooklyn. More

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Atlantic City workers must wait week to see if Social Security numbers can be released
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Atlantic City government workers in New Jersey will wait at least a week for a judge to decide whether to ban the municipality and an insurance company from releasing their Social Security numbers. Strict regulations already govern access to such sensitive information, but City Hall's five bargaining units want that court order in place while they resolve a lawsuit they filed nearly four months ago. More

Clock is ticking on proposed changes
to Fort Worth, Texas, pension plan

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The Fort Worth City Council recently started the clock ticking on major changes to the city's pension plan that would reduce benefits for police and general employees, but could also help bring the city's retirement funding gap under control. More

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Washington state official seeks $500,000 for 'stress ball' injury
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A Vancouver, Wash., city councilwoman is seeking $500,000 from the nearby city of Ridgefield, contending that city's mayor injured her left eye with an errant toss of a foam "stress ball." Councilwoman Jeanne Harris says Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow's toss in June 2011 caused her left retina to become loose and partially detached. More

Ice cream truck vendors await word from city
The Marietta Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For years the sound of classic children's songs making their way through the streets of Marietta, Ohio, had children flocking to the ice cream truck. Not anymore. Citing liability concerns, the city of Marietta has put a halt to the vehicles delivering the summertime treats, citing safety concerns if children run into the streets. More

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