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US added 428,000 jobs in April despite surging inflation

May. 06, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 428,000 jobs in April, extending a streak of solid hiring that has defied punishing inflation, chronic supply shortages, the Russian war against Ukraine and much higher borrowing costs. Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department...

Feds: California man embezzled $1.2M from employer

May. 03, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California man charged with embezzling more than $1.2 million from his Massachusetts-based employer over a 16-year period has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors said. Darrell Pike, 56, of Hesperia, California, embezzled the money from 2005 until 2021 while...

Water rate increase likely for most in Natchez

Apr. 16, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — It’s been 15 years since Natchez residents have seen a rate hike for water services. It's been 11 years for everyone else who buys water from the city. Natchez Water Works Superintendent Tony Moon laid out a plan earlier this week to increase water rates,...

Juvenile justice agency agrees to reform main prison

Apr. 14, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice announced Thursday that it will reform its beleaguered central prison for youths under a settlement agreement with the federal government. The agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice follows a 2020 report...

Smoky Mountains seeks parking fees, campsite rate increases

Apr. 06, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced a plan Wednesday to start charging parking fees along with higher rates for campsites, day-use cabin rentals and picnic pavilions starting next year. Visits to the park have increased 57% over the past decade...

US added 431,000 jobs in March in sign of economic health

Apr. 01, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic, Russia's war against Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years. The government’s report Friday showed that...

Agency criticizes plan to tighten public assistance rules

Mar. 25, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican-backed plan to revamp Kentucky's public benefits system would cause “major disruptions” for people seeking assistance by increasing a state cabinet's workload without supplying the funding to bolster staffing, the agency told lawmakers. The...

NC employees with disabilities will see changes in workplace

Mar. 20, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — For years, disabled people have been marginalized in the workplace, subjected to low wages and menial jobs. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recognized the unfair treatment of these individuals and has agreed to end segregated employment services....

State public defenders poised to strike over pay, staffing

Mar. 10, 2022 17:32 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 700 workers involved in defending people who in most cases can't afford to hire a private attorney voted Thursday to authorize what would be an unprecedented strike in Minnesota. The public defenders and staff, represented by Teamsters Local 320,...

Strong job growth points to COVID's fading grip on economy

Mar. 04, 2022 14:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a buoyant sign for the U.S. economy, businesses stepped up their hiring last month as omicron faded and more Americans ventured out to spend at restaurants, shops and hotels despite surging inflation. Employers added a robust 678,000 jobs in February, the...