Latest Municipal governments News

Walmart to revamp, reopen El Paso store after mass shooting

Aug. 22, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the victims of the...

Mexico struggles: whether to talk to vigilantes or jail them

Aug. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government appears to be split about whether it should talk to armed vigilante groups, or treat them as criminals. President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Thursday he disagreed with his assistant interior secretary's decision to attend a ceremony with vigilantes, who...

Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard

Aug. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms. Government agencies that fail to keep...

Phoenix: Thousands of ballot for light rail measure pour in

Aug. 22, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix says thousands of mail-in ballots are pouring in daily for next week's special election weighing the future of mass rail transit in the nation's fifth-largest city. City spokesman Matthew Hamada says the Phoenix city clerk by Wednesday received 151,750 completed ballots...

Alabama man gets 10 years to trying to entice child

Aug. 22, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town says U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced 49-year-old Jerry Wayne Hamilton Jr., of Sylacauga, on Wednesday. In a news release Thursday, Town...

Beloved NYC pizza joint reopens after settling tax bill

Aug. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A top-rated New York City pizza restaurant has reopened two days after it was shuttered by state officials over unpaid taxes. The New York Post reports that Brooklyn's Di Fara Pizza reopened Thursday after its owners worked out a payment plan to settle a $167,000 tax bill. Di Fara opened in...

Syrian convicted of Germany stabbing that sparked protests

Aug. 22, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday convicted a Syrian man over a fatal stabbing in the city of Chemnitz last year that touched off far-right protests. Judges convicted asylum-seeker Alaa S. of manslaughter and dangerous bodily harm in the killing last August of 35-year-old Daniel Hillig. The...

Hong Kong students plan class boycott for protest demands

Aug. 22, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong university student leaders said Thursday they'll call for a boycott of the start of classes to pressure the government to respond to the protest movement gripping the city since June. Student union leaders from 10 universities said they want students to skip the first two weeks...

The Latest: UK says officials can't contact consulate worker

Aug. 22, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 8 p.m. The British government says officials and family members have not been able to speak with a Hong Kong consulate employee who has been detained by mainland Chinese authorities. The Foreign Office also said Thursday it's still...

St. Louis mayor backs body cameras, anti-violence program

Aug. 22, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has taken a major step toward equipping police with body cameras and thrown her support behind a new effort to combat violence. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Krewson said Wednesday in what amounts to something of a public reversal that she will form...