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Union bucks proposed 3% pay boost for state workers

Jan. 17, 2020 11:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the second-largest labor union for New Mexico state employees are bristling at a proposed 3% pay increase from the governor and are promising to lobby legislators for more compensation in an election year for House and Senate members. Dan Secrist, executive vice president...

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, center, presents state spending priorities for public schools to a lead budget-writing committee in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, alongside state budget division Deputy Director Cinthia Martinez, left, and fiscal analyst Sunny Liu. Spending increases on K-12 education, early childhood programs and tuition-free college are under negotiation as legislators prepare for a 30-day session. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she'll consider red-flag gun legislation, proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and new incentives for localized renewable energy installations. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Legislature considers legal marijuana, tuition-free college

Jan. 16, 2020 5:18 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers will push plans to legalize marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college, respond to concerns about mass shootings and improve a beleaguered public education system during a 30-day legislative session that begins Tuesday. Political battle lines are forming on issues ranging...

UN official warns Yemen could face brink of famine again

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen could face the threat of famine again because of the rapid depreciation of its currency and disruptions to salary payments, a senior U.N. humanitarian official warned the Security Council on Thursday. At the same time, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen reported a...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Kansas shows researcher Franklin Feng Tao. Tao concealed work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas and recruited at least four researchers and students, according to revised federal charges filed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Kelsey Kimberlin/University of Kansas via AP, File)

Attorney: Kansas researcher denies concealing Chinese work

Jan. 16, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a Kansas researcher accused of concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas hit back on Thursday against a new indictment, saying the case has nothing to do with the Chinese government's alleged attempts obtain U.S. intellectual...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, Sen. Kiki Curls, D-Jackson County, records during a Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee hearing in the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, announced the appointments of of Curls to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and Sen. Jason Holsman to the Missouri Public Service Commission. (Julie Smith/The News-Tribune via AP, File)

Missouri governor appoints 2 Democratic senators to new jobs

Jan. 13, 2020 8:20 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed two Democratic state senators from Kansas City to new executive branch jobs. The Republican governor on Monday announced the appointments of of Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo completed Boeing 737 MAX fuselages, made at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan., sit covered in tarps near the factory. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems announced it is laying off 2,800 employees at its Wichita facility due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File)

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

Jan. 10, 2020 4:48 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas, where it is based. The announcement of 2,800 layoffs at a major...

Man gets 4-year prison term for $12 million tax return scam

Jan. 10, 2020 9:46 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a tax return scheme that netted nearly $900,000. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Babatunde Olusegun Taiwo, who agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in September. Federal prosecutors said Taiwo, co-conspirator Kevin...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo people stand in line to inquire about jobs available at the Bean Automotive Group during a job fair in Miami. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, the U.S. government issues the December jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US employers expected to have added 160,000 jobs in December

Jan. 10, 2020 2:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market appears to be entering 2020 on a solid footing. Economists expect that Friday's jobs report will show job gains of 160,000 in December, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.5%, according to the data provider FactSet. But key in the report will be whether the...

Gov. Raimondo seeks $74M overhaul of state computer system

Jan. 9, 2020 5:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is seeking nearly $74 million to replace decades-old computer technology used by the state for basic government functions like payroll and day-to-day accounting. As part her 2020-21 budget proposal, Raimondo will ask lawmakers next week for $1.5...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks in Springfield, Ill. Madigan said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that he had no knowledge of an alleged unreported rape that was referenced in an email written in 2012 by one of his close friends, a powerful lobbyist, and sent to the office of former Gov. Pat Quinn. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Madigan says he was unaware of rape cited in friend's email

Jan. 8, 2020 8:54 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The speaker of the Illinois House said Wednesday that he had no knowledge of an alleged unreported rape that was referenced in an email written in 2012 by one of his close friends, a powerful lobbyist, and sent to the office of former Gov. Pat Quinn. Michael Madigan, a Chicago...