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Do Cities Really Want Economic Development?

Jul 29, 2014 (11:50:07)

A poor economy and all the problems that come with it actually benefit some people, giving powerful players less incentive to improve the status quo for the rest. Read more:

North Riverside puts plan to privatize fire department on hold

Jul 26, 2014 (08:30:12)

A controversial plan to privatize North Riverside’s fire department was put on hold Thursday while the village continues to negotiate with the firefighter’s union. Read more:

Domino Effect: Pension Cutters Gamble on a California Ballot Measure

Jul 26, 2014 (08:29:34)

Jon Coupal is nothing if not blunt when he describes one motive behind a Ventura County ballot measure that would replace the “defined benefit” pensions currently enjoyed by county employees and replace them with 401(k)-type plans for all future hires. Read more:

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:

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