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Judge: Kentucky must pay fees, costs in pension plan case

Jun. 24, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to pay more than $72,000 in attorneys' fees and costs in a lawsuit over the release of an economic analysis of Gov. Matt Bevin's administration's analysis of the 2017 pension reform plan. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled...

Dispute lingers over how many votes needed for pension bill

Jun. 24, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Democratic lawmaker said Monday that Kentucky's governor needs more legislative support than Republicans think he does in order to pass his pension-relief proposal in a special legislative session, and she says the vote-count issue could land the matter in court. State...

Couple pleads in $48 million medical reimbursement scheme

Jun. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana couple has pleaded guilty in a $48 million scheme that targeted a medical reimbursement program, federal prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. Justice Department, New Orleans-based U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser and other officials outlined the case in a news release. It said Denis...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jun. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. South America's premiere soccer tournament began this week with the teams of Japan and Qatar as special guests. In Mexico, migrants from Central...

Bevin aide: Governor's pension plan has enough votes to pass

Jun. 19, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After weeks of struggling to win over some reluctant lawmakers, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's team is confident that enough votes have been rounded up to pass his pension-relief proposal in a special legislative session, a key Bevin aide said Wednesday. "I believe the support exists in...

France plans to change jobless benefits, unions to protest

Jun. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, as part of an overhaul of France's labor market that aims to boost the nation's economy. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said Tuesday that the changes were "tough,...

Brazilians hold general strike to protest pension overhaul

Jun. 14, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of people filled the streets of Brazil's main cities Friday, and schools, banks and some public transportation shut down, as Brazilians angry over a pension reform and budget cuts held the first general strike of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. The...

AP Explains: Why is there a general strike in Brazil?

Jun. 14, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil kicked off a general strike Friday that is likely to paralyze major cities across Latin America's largest country. The nationwide strike is the first since the arrival of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1. While most participants will be protesting against a pension...

Pension obligations weigh on school finances in New Mexico

Jun. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Pension burdens are weighing on the financial health of local governments and school districts across New Mexico as contributions to the state's two major public retirement funds lag behind pension obligations, analysts for a major credit ratings agency told a panel of legislators on...

Retirees defy Puerto Rico govt, get pension deal with board

Jun. 12, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of retired public employees has defied Puerto Rico's government and reached a deal with a federal control board overseeing the island's finances as it works to restructure more than $50 billion in pension liabilities, officials said Wednesday. The announcement angered...