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Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget

Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budgetAfter deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels. Despite Scott's meaty 2018-2019 budget recommendation, which is about $2.4 billion above current spending, advocates for Florida public education, environment and affordable housing remained skeptical the new plan would go far enough. "It doesn't move Florida (schools) out from the bottom when compared to other states," said Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the Florida Education Association, the state's teachers union.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:22:08 -0500
New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challengesBy Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - New leadership at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation. A management shakeup on Friday will not by itself cure the chaotic and slow power restoration efforts two months after the hurricane struck the island. PREPA's chief executive Ricardo Ramos stepped down unexpectedly last week, days after congressional hearings on the restoration.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:15:45 -0500
U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policy probe

U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policy probeThe U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws. Citing a 2015 lawsuit that charges the school's affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants, the federal government in a letter set a Dec. 1 deadline for Harvard to hand over documents on its admission policies. The Justice Department is probing the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school's compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, according to the letter, dated Friday and seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:41:47 -0500
Suspect in custody in fatal Pennsylvania police shooting

Suspect in custody in fatal Pennsylvania police shootingPolice had been searching for Rahmeal Sal Holt, 29, since New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw was gunned down late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase in the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police said on Twitter that Holt was in custody and thanked area residents for providing help in the case. The statement gave no details about Holt's arrest, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said a SWAT team took him into custody in Pittsburgh.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:56:35 -0500
Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnoutBy Julie Steenhuysen ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) - Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. Hospitals such as St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have been investing in programs ranging from yoga classes to personal coaches designed to help doctors become more resilient. Some leading healthcare executives now say the way medicine is practiced in the United States is to blame, fueled in part by growing clerical demands that have doctors spending two hours on the computer for every one hour they spend seeing patients.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:21:03 -0500
U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday. The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status in the United States. Former President Barack Obama's administration granted Haitian nationals in the United States so-called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 18 months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:08:21 -0500
U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crashThe two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:32:37 -0500
Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officialsA government witness in the U.S. corruption trial related to soccer's world-governing body FIFA testified on Monday about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet. The witness, Santiago Pena, said he was a financial manager at the Argentina-headquartered sports marketing firm Full Play from 2009 to 2015 and kept an Excel file which he presented in court. Each of the officials was given a code name in the spreadsheet of different car brands, Pena testified in Brooklyn federal court.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:09:59 -0500
Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remain

Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remainBy Kevin O'Hanlon and Ethan Lou LINCOLN, Neb./CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators approved a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state on Monday, removing a big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project backed by President Donald Trump, but leaving its future shrouded in legal and market uncertainty.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:05:49 -0500
Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuits in California court

Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuits in California courtMuhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer heading the lawsuits, said they were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs were from the state and had been treated there. Paddock also killed himself.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:43:29 -0500
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