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Sutphen Officials Say Certain Aerials Should be Placed Out of Service Immediately

Jul 24, 2014 (11:44:55)

Another ladder failure Tuesday that left three Georgia firefighters injured has caused Sutphen officials to request departments put certain aerials out of service immediately. Read more:

Council upholds police, fire right-to-work

Jul 24, 2014 (11:44:21)

For the second time in less than a month, the City Council has decided to override a mayoral veto affecting government unions. Read more:

Detroit, Other Cash-Strapped US Cities, States Slashing Pension Benefits While Subsidizing Professional Sports Stadiums

Jul 23, 2014 (07:00:26)

As U.S. states and cities grapple with budget and pension shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Read more:

Bullet hits Cleveland fire station; third incident this year

Jul 23, 2014 (06:59:17)

Cleveland firefighters at Station 30, at 10225 St. Clair Avenue, said they went on an emergency run Sunday evening. When they returned, they found a bullet hole in a window on the bay doors. Read more:

Detroit pensioners back grand bargain in bankruptcy vote, creditors object

Jul 23, 2014 (06:58:28)

Detroit retirees voted to accept pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to spin off as an independent institution, reflecting a critical endorsement of the city’s restructuring blueprint to resolve the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Read more:

Abandoned home demolitions credited for big drop in Flint fire calls

Jul 22, 2014 (07:00:30)

FLINT, MI -- Calls for fire service have plummeted in Flint thanks in part to blight demolitions around the city, according to Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. Read more:

Kokomo Board of Works approves firefighters contract

Jul 22, 2014 (06:58:44)

The three-year contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2017, will give firefighters a more than 6 percent pay raise over the next three years. It is the first pay raise for the International Association of Firefighters Local 396 in seven years. The contract was ratified by union members on June 19. Read more:

The Week in Public Finance: Detroit's Bigger Pension Problem, Games on the Hill and a Win for Munis

Jul 22, 2014 (06:58:00)

A new Moody’s Investors Service analysis of Detroit’s plan of recovery broke down the differences between what bondholders will get and what pensioners will get. Both were treated as creditors but retirees will get a far better deal than many of the city’s bond holders. Retirees will see pension payments cut by about one-quarter and they'll no longer receive cost-of-living pension increases. But some bondholders will get back less than 34 cents on the dollar in their investment. But even with that imbalance, Moody’s noted that Motown is still taking on risk with its plan for pensioners as it will not entirely rid the city of its unfunded liabilities. Read more:

Conyers, U.S. House Dems push bill to protect workers in municipal bankruptcy

Jul 19, 2014 (07:40:03)

Democrats in the U.S. House are seeking to protect local-government workers in bankruptcy proceedings, responding to the record collapse in Detroit that’s poised to reduce city workers’ retirement benefits. Read more:

Fire chiefs: Fischer low-balled us for medical service

Jul 19, 2014 (07:39:03)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Metro Council members on Wednesday laid the blame in several places for the ongoing debate over cutbacks on suburban emergency medical services. Read more:

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