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Officer fired for sharing photos of victim gets job back

Feb. 18, 2020 7:46 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police sergeant accused of lying about his role in sharing pictures of a homicide victim has been reinstated to the department. The state Civil Service Commission voted to allow Jeffrey Godere to return to the Chicopee Police Department at a lower rank after...

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New Mexico public pension reform passes in state House

Feb. 17, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House on Monday approved a proposal aimed at shoring up New Mexico's overextended pension fund for about 110,000 state and local government workers and retirees. House members voted 40-28 to send the bill back to the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Senate passed a...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during his inauguration at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

Feb. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Entering a second term without the budget woes of his first, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to dole out nearly $1 million in pay raises to his staff, Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees across state government. The Edwards administration on Thursday provided...

An aide speaks on the phone at the New Mexico Roundhouse while state lawmakers debate a state budget and early childhood education on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

New Mexico public pension reform passes in Senate

Feb. 12, 2020 5:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday approved a proposal aimed at shoring up New Mexico's overextended pension fund for about 110,000 state and local government workers and retirees. In a 25-15 vote with some moderate Democrats opposing the measure, senators voted to send the bill to...

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Ecole Militaire Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron, who leads the European Union's only post-Brexit nuclear power, on Friday advocated a more coordinated EU defense strategy in which France, and its arsenal, would hold a central role. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

Macron to get hybrid car as France steps up climate fight

Feb. 12, 2020 9:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government announced a raft of plans Wednesday to curb its carbon emissions, including getting a new hybrid-engine armored car for the French leader. Other new steps include an annual bonus of 200 euros ($220) for civil servants who switch to bicycles or...

Thailand Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong speaks during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Kongsompong apologized and send his condolences to the families of victims of the mass shooting, conducted by Thai Army soldier on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 and confirmed the Army will compensate those who are affected by the incident. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai army chief: Gunman wasn't treated fairly in land deal

Feb. 11, 2020 2:38 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army commander said Tuesday the soldier who killed 29 people in a shooting rampage had not been treated fairly in a land deal involving his commander and such arrangements would have to be halted. The gunman killed his superior officer and the officer's mother-in-law, stole...

Turkish backed fighter prepare to go to the frontline in the Syrian province of Idlib, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. The fighting in Idlib led to the collapse of a fragile cease-fire that was brokered by Turkey and Russia in 2018. Turkey supports the Syrian rebels, while Russia has heavily backed the Syrian government's campaign to retake the area which is the last rebel stronghold in Syria. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey says it has retaliated after deadly Syrian shelling

Feb. 10, 2020 2:15 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said it retaliated Monday after "intense" shelling by Syrian forces killed five of its soldiers and wounded five others in Syria's northern Idlib province, a marked escalation a week after a similarly deadly clash between the two sides. The exchange of fire came as a Russian...

In this Jan. 31, 2020, photo, Ann Lovell carries her box of prescriptions after returning to Salt Lake City International Airport following her visit to Tijuana, Mexico. Lovell travels every few months to Tijuana, Mexico, to buy medication for rheumatoid arthritis with tickets paid for by the state of Utah's public insurer. Lovell is one of about 10 state workers participating in a year-old program to lower prescription drug costs by having public employees buy their medication in Mexico at a steep discount compared to U.S. prices. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah sends employees to Mexico for lower prescription prices

Feb. 9, 2020 10:57 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ann Lovell had never owned a passport before last year. Now, the 62-year-old teacher is a frequent flier, traveling every few months to Tijuana, Mexico, to buy medication for rheumatoid arthritis — with tickets paid for by the state of Utah’s public insurer. Lovell is...

Maine eyes repealing income tax on public employee pensions

Feb. 8, 2020 12:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has signed off on a plan to eliminate state income tax on retirement benefits for public employees. Democratic Sen. Shenna Bellows of Manchester made the proposal, which supporters said would benefit workers such as firefighters, law enforcement officers...

Immigration bill passes Kentucky Senate after lengthy debate

Feb. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to ban sanctuary policies by most public agencies in Kentucky won state Senate approval Tuesday after a debate that offered starkly different portrayals of the contentious immigration measure. The Republican-dominated Senate passed the bill on a 28-10 vote following a debate...