Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:
Southwest Times Record. June 23, 2019.
Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Josephine Linker Hart last week perfectly summed...
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's former Chief Secretary Anson Chan — long an outspoken advocate for more democracy in the ex-British colony — is urging the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, to...
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts firefighter has filed a complaint with the Civil Service Commission alleging she was passed over for a promotion because of her gender and...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis will require all civil service employees to get additional training on discrimination, harassment and social media after the weekend publication of a...
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Two police officers of Minden, Louisiana, are accused of making racist comments online.
News outlets report Chief Steve Cropper, Mayor Terry Gardner and city council...
Ireland beats Afghanistan by 72 runs in 1st ODI
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Ireland bowled out Afghanistan for 138 to claim a 72-run victory in their first one-day international on Sunday.
EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — A prominent Iron Range Democrat who was hired for a civil service position after the job posting time was shortened from 21 days to 24 hours announced his resignation on...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he'll tighten hiring rules after a prominent Iron Range Democrat was hired for a civil service job without going through the normal hiring...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A white former Louisiana police officer who fatally shot a black man has once again had a hearing over his firing postponed.
Prison employees lose appeal over job status, pay
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prison employees who challenged job classifications and lower pay grades have lost an appeal at the Michigan Supreme Court.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University has laid off 132 employees due to budget difficulties.
Officials at the Macomb school say 29 faculty members, 89 civil service workers, a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed Congress on Monday that he will stop making payments into two government retirement funds now that the debt limit has gone back into...
City wants Louisiana to amend qualifications for police role
JENNINGS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city council wants the state to amend the qualifications for a police department's deputy chief position to help fill the vacancy.
Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing gets new commander
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station in Ohio has a new commander.
Air Force Reserve Col. Joseph Janik took over as wing commander and installation commander of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station in Trumbull County in a ceremony Saturday.
Janik replaces Col. Daniel Sarachene, who became commander Feb. 1, 2017.
Zimbabwe’s civil servants to strike on Friday over salaries
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe faces a new wave of unrest as the group representing government workers announced on Wednesday that roughly 500,000 civil servants across the country will go on strike after salary negotiations failed.
David Dzatsunga, secretary of the Civil Service Apex Council, said the strike will begin on Friday as the southern African nation's economic collapse deepens and frustration with President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government grows.
Board reverses firing of officer who shot at fleeing man
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The firing of a Louisiana police officer who shot at a driver running from a traffic stop has been overturned by a city civil service board.
News outlets report the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board voted 3-2 Thursday to reverse Yuseff Hamadeh's termination from Baton Rouge police. Police Chief Murphy Paul says the department will appeal, so Hamadeh won't immediately return to work.
Emails show efforts to get new job for Snyder appointee
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Emails show state officials were discussing ways to keep a doctor on the state payroll while she was facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis.
Lawsuit challenges civil service exam as unfair to blacks
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Civil Service Commission is accused of using an exam that discriminates against black applicants who want to work for the state police or become conservation officers.
Jeremy Heywood, who ran Britain’s civil service, dies at 56
LONDON (AP) — Jeremy Heywood, a powerful government adviser who ran Britain's civil service until illness forced him to step down, has died of cancer, the government said Sunday. He was 56.
Prime Minister Theresa May said Heywood, who died early Sunday, "worked tirelessly to serve our country." She called his death "a huge loss to British public life."
2 lawsuits in Ohio follow Supreme Court ruling on union fees
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled government workers can't be required to contribute to labor unions representing them, a group that helped successfully argue that case has filed two related federal lawsuits on behalf of some government employees in Ohio.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation says they're aimed at enforcing public employees' rights under the ruling.
Former union president charged with stealing $90,000 in dues
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The former president of a union representing school district employees in Hempstead, Long Island has been charged with stealing more than $90,000 in dues.
Annette Greer was arraigned Friday on a charge of third-degree grand larceny.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says the 54-year-old Greer pocketed $90,651 in dues when she was president of the Hempstead Schools Civil Service Association from 2013 to 2017.
10 Mississippi officers want full reinstatement to all duty
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — AT least 10 police officers in Mississippi who have been cleared of any wrongdoing in line-of-duty shootings want to be restored to full duty.
News outlets reported the Jackson police officers went before the Civil Service Commission on Thursday, complaining that their continued restriction to administrative duty is costing them money.
St. Louis to waive residency rule for 50 police recruits
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis plans to change residency requirements to allow the next 50 police recruits to live outside the city limits.
Mayor Lyda Krewson announced Friday that the Civil Service Commission voted to waive the requirement that police officers live in the city for their first seven years on the job.
Krewson says the change will help boost recruitment for the department, which is between 130 and 150 officers short of a full roster.
Officer’s termination appeal delayed in 2016 fatal shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A civil service board has delayed an appeal hearing for a former police officer who fatally shot a black man during a videotaped struggle outside of a Louisiana convenience store.
The Advocate reports the board voted Thursday to move the hearing for former Baton Rouge police officer Blane Salamoni. It's now set for Dec. 20-21. Salamoni's attorney says both parties agreed to seek a delay due to the amount of materials they'll have to review before the hearing.
NASA center in Alabama gets 1st woman as permanent director
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — NASA has named an engineer as permanent director of its space flight center in Alabama, and she's the first woman to hold the job.
Joan Singer already became acting director of the Marshall Space Flight Center when Todd May retired in July.
Judge sides with city of Davenport in firing of fire chief
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that Davenport's Civil Service Commission lacked the authority to reinstate the city's fired fire chief.
City worker fired over theft charges ordered rehired
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana agency has ordered a former worker fired over theft allegations rehired.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Monday that the New Orleans Civil Service Commission found Donald Theodore's 2016 firing excessive. Theodore was one of 19 employees fired by the Sewerage & Water Board for allegedly stealing brass fittings.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Personnel Board has voted to eliminate civil service protection for the state Budget Office director.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Thursday vote will take effect Saturday, as the Budget Director Mike McKown's joins the State Auditor's Office as a deputy auditor.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's civil service board has signed off on pay raises for the state's prison guards.
Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said the increases are needed to lessen corrections officer turnover rates that he says are so high they threaten safety.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The Aurora police chief says a former lieutenant will return to the department after he was fired for making a racist remark that was caught on his body camera.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Almost two dozen investigators at California's workplace safety agency have been told they might be dismissed because of an error in how their civil service exam was administered.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A powerful New York public employees union is endorsing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a third term four years after the organization withheld its support during the Democrat's second re-election campaign.
The Civil Service Employees Association announced Monday that it was backing Cuomo's campaign because he has taken steps to boost unions in New York state.
Civil Service Commission upholds firing of officer
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has upheld the town of North Attleborough's decision to fire a police officer who was charged with hitting his girlfriend and an off-duty officer who allegedly kissed the woman.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say four people are hurt, two of them seriously, after a car careened off the street and smashed into a Brooklyn coffee shop.
WPIX says the car slammed into The Civil Service Cafe at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The car ended up inside the Bedford-Stuyvesant building.
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — At least two of the student victims of a mass shooting at a Texas high school tried to block the advance of a gunman and were killed when he shot through the doors.
A classmate of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school says Chris Stone and other students tried to barricade the door to their art classroom. Christian Riley Garcia's pastor says the 15-year-old student used his body to keep a closet door closed within the room.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A civil service board has scheduled a November hearing for a former police officer appealing his firing nearly two years after he shot and killed a black man during a videotaped struggle outside a Baton Rouge convenience store.
The Advocate reports the board set Blane Salamoni's hearing date during a meeting Thursday.
The literacy and legacy of Barbara Bush: Phillip Morris
Former Cleveland Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar served as chair of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service when she received an unexpected call from First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989.
The two women had never met. They hailed from different backgrounds and were members of competing political parties. But Oakar said the afternoon phone call made her an instant and enduring fan of the First Lady.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A police officer is appealing his suspension over a deadly confrontation with a black man whose shooting death set off widespread protests in Baton Rouge nearly two years ago.
In a petition filed last Thursday, an attorney for Office Howie Lake II asked a civil service board to rescind his three-day suspension from the Baton Rouge Police Department.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A white police officer who shot and killed a black man during a struggle outside a Baton Rouge convenience store has appealed his firing over the deadly confrontation nearly two years ago, his attorney said Friday.
The former officer, Blane Salamoni, is asking a civil service board to rescind his firing and reinstate him to the Baton Rouge Police Department, according to his three-page appeal petition.
Union: Ohio guard stabbed by inmate remains in hospital
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prison guard stabbed multiple times by inmates in a February assault remains in the hospital several weeks after he was attacked, according to the union representing Ohio correctional officers.
Matthew Matthias is in stable condition while being treated for 32 stab wounds and numerous internal injuries and is on dialysis to help his kidneys recover, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association said Tuesday.
Peduto orders paid time off for city employees who are victims of domestic violence
Pittsburgh's nonunion employees who are victims of domestic violence will have access to paid sick leave under an executive order Mayor Bill Peduto issued Tuesday.
About 612 nonunion employees will become eligible in July to use the paid leave if they're the victim of an incident involving domestic violence. Peduto gave city staff and several nonprofits that provide assistance to victims of domestic violence 90 days to work out details.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on fatal shooting of a black man by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (all times local):
An attorney for a fired Louisiana police officer who fatally shot a black man during a struggle outside a convenience store says he plans to appeal his client's termination to a civil service board.
The Scottsbluff Civil Service Commission has selected four finalists to be considered to fill its fire chief position.
WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tony George has made his picks for four new hires in the police department, although the administration is keeping a lid on their identities for now.
The Wilkes-Barre Police Civil Service Commission submitted a ranked list of 32 applicants to the mayor after voting to certify the list on Feb. 14.
BILLERICA- The newly appointed fire chief came close to missing the cut because of his exam scores.
Robert "Bobby" Cole, a 23-year veteran of the Fire Department, tied for sixth in the assessment center for the new chief, according to information received through a public-records request with the state's Human Resources Division.
Because of the Civil Service process, the town can only select the chief from the top-three finalists in the assessment center.
WILMINGTON -- The town's newly appointed fire chief, Joseph McMahon, has a number of goals on his list, including increasing personnel.
After going through a civil service assessment, Town Manager Jeff Hull appointed McMahon as the department's new leader.
"I've been here for 35 years and it's been all positive," McMahon said. "It's been very well-received by the men here and it's been, so far, a very easy transition."
DANBURY — The city of Danbury is eliminating its city engineer position — because it already has one in Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola.
The position, which helps develop city projects and reviews engineering plans, technically has been vacant for two years.
But the job hasn’t gone undone because Iadarola, in addition to his public works administrative duties, also is a licensed professional engineer and has taken on the duties of the “acting” engineer for that stretch.
Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.
Murphy delivered the news Tuesday as he unveiled his picks to lead higher education, motor vehicle and civil service agencies.
He says New Jersey is among the most diverse states in the country and it's important state government reflect that.