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Oakland mayor seeks to reverse police cuts amid crime spike

Nov. 29, 2021 18:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a reversal of plans to divert funding from police to social services, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday that she'll push to reverse planned cuts to the city's police department and seek to quickly hire more officers amid a spike in violence and homicides that...

Va. public school enrollment below pre-pandemic levels

Nov. 29, 2021 13:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Enrollment at Virginia’s public schools has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to state data. Last year, 44,000 students left the state’s public schools, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Even after the state mandated reopening...

City workers in Decatur may get higher year-end bonus

Nov. 28, 2021 13:23 PM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama city may raise the bonus that it plans for city employees months after officials approved a 2.5% pay raise for workers. The Decatur Daily reports Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling wants to increase city workers' Christmas bonus from the...

Rogue GOP state senator Paul Boyer to forego reelection bid

Nov. 24, 2021 15:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican state senator who has occasionally been a thorn in the side of the majority party's legislative agenda will not seek reelection in 2022. State Sen. Paul Boyer said this week that he will serve out the remaining year of his term and then move...

City Council cuts Seattle police budget, drawing criticism

Nov. 23, 2021 11:03 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has approved a 2022 budget that cuts police department spending from previous years, drawing criticism from people who say city voters earlier this month endorsed more spending on public safety. In an 8-1 vote Monday, the council...

Portland among US cities adding funds to police departments

Nov. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon's largest city, demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Among the rallying cries were “defund the police” — a call for elected officials...

Seattle budget proposal focuses on housing, human services

Nov. 11, 2021 13:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Money for intervention on housing, human services and public safety is the focus of the Seattle City Council’s initial 2022 budget proposal. The Seattle Times reports the plan, introduced by Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda’s, reflects a $15...

Seattle's incoming mayor criticizes proposed police cuts

Nov. 10, 2021 16:00 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s mayor-elect is criticizing a City Council plan to cut $10 million from the city’s police budget, saying voters just endorsed his plan to prioritize public safety. The Seattle Times reports Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda introduced...

Sheriff threatens lawsuit if county won't provide more money

Nov. 07, 2021 10:24 AM EST

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A southeast Georgia sheriff says he may sue county leaders because they won't increase his budget. Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor is expressing frustration, with The Brunswick News reporting he wants to increase pay for deputies and jail guards....

Portland, Oregon, mayor proposes increasing police budget

Nov. 03, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A year after Portland’s police department underwent significant budget cuts amid demands to defund the police, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday he is seeking more than $5 million this fall for police investments, including hiring more officers and buying...