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Report: School district misused $6M for driver’s ed programs

Sep. 18, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — In Miami-Dade County, which notoriously boasts some of the worst drivers in the nation, a program was created decades ago to help public schools train the next generation of safety-conscious young motorists. The concept: $3 of every Miami traffic ticket...

SC's 2nd largest school district to start enforcing masks

Sep. 17, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Starting Monday, every student in South Carolina's second largest school district will have to wear a mask inside schools or have to go to online learning. Charleston County schools passed a mask rule in August, but waited until this week to put...

Kauai council passes hotel room tax; mayor expected to sign

Sep. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Kauai County Council has passed a bill adding a 3% surcharge to the state's hotel tax after the state stopped sharing revenue from the tax with the counties. Mayor Derek Kawakami plans to sign the legislation, said Sarah Blane, his chief of...

US will give runway rights at NJ airport to a budget airline

Sep. 16, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department said Thursday it will give rights for several afternoon and evening flights in Newark, New Jersey, to a budget airline to drive down fares. The coveted takeoff and landing rights were previously used by Southwest...

Seattle Council shifts money saved by officer departures

Sep. 14, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to move some of the $15 million in savings related to police officer departures to community-based programs. The police department will keep about $10 million for technology projects and other expenses, while about $5...

Attorney general: Tucson employee vaccine mandate is illegal

Sep. 07, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Tuesday that Tucson’s vaccine mandate for its employees is illegal, giving the city 30 days to repeal it or risk losing millions of dollars in state funding. Democratic-led Tucson has repeatedly clashed with...

Sanders holds Vermont town meetings on budget proposal

Sep. 04, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding five town meetings around the state over the long Labor Day weekend to talk about the $3.5 trillion federal budget proposal. “If passed, this bill will be the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Aug. 30, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Aug. 29, 2021. Editorial: Nebraska communities’ vision and resolve provide important examples Look around Nebraska and you’ll find that many cities and towns are doing something impressive: They’re not letting COVID stop them...

Wichita council sets $15 minimum hourly wage for employees

Aug. 25, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Full-time city employees in Wichita will be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, as part of a $670 million budget approved by the City Council. Wichita officials had earlier predicted the city would face a $10 million to $11 million shortfall because of...

Mississippi mayor proposes raises for city employees

Aug. 21, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A mayor in western Mississippi wants to raise the pay for the city's employees, including its firefighters and police officers. At a budget meeting Thursday, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said he has a plan that would give firefighters and...