LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A civil service board in Louisiana has upheld a decision to fire a fire department captain for insubordination after he repeatedly refused orders to wear a COVID-19 mask at a training session last year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden’s requirement that all federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 was upheld Thursday by a federal appeals court.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A police group that advocates for minority officers filed a lawsuit against St. Louis and some city officials contending that procedures used for promotions do not give minority officers an equal chance to advance their careers.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One of Maine's U.S. representatives is calling on the National Archives to make official records more readily available to veterans.
Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, a veteran himself, said the National Personnel Records Center should be fully reopened so veterans can use records to access benefits.
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Methuen's first female firefighter has been promoted to captain after a state board ruled in her favor, saying that she was passed over for a promotion because of her gender and favoritism in the department.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A severe snowstorm disrupted road and air traffic Monday in the Greek capital of Athens and in neighboring Turkey's largest city of Istanbul, while snow blanketed most of Turkey and Greece, including several Aegean islands.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A longtime employee of the nation's space agency has been named associate director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
Rae Ann Meyer, who began as an engineer in Marshall’s propulsion laboratory in 1989, will help manage the center’s 7,000 civil service and contract employees while overseeing development of the center's business operations, a NASA statement said.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana police official is retiring, months after he was demoted by a new mayor.
News outlets report that Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler announced the retirement of Shane McWilliams on Monday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Employees who work for the state government will get 5% raises next October under new labor contracts.
The Michigan Civil Service Commission approved the three-year collective bargaining agreements Wednesday.
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — The Civil Service Commission has ruled in favor of a Methuen firefighter who said she was passed over for a promotion to captain because she is a woman and because of favoritism within the department.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state government agencies lost more than 17% of their civil service employees in the last financial year.
Byron Decoteau, director of State Civil Service, said the turnover rate was nearly 2 percentage points higher in the 2020-21 budget year that ended June 30 than in the previous year.
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) —
Two Hackensack police officers accused of a warrantless search should not have been fired, a New Jersey appeals court has ruled. The court upheld the decision to fire a third.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voters will not decide if whistleblower protections for state employees should be added to the Michigan Constitution.
The Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted 65-38 for a resolution to place the amendment on the November 2022 ballot.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will aim to increase racial diversity among law enforcement officers under new legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday.
The bill passed the Democrat-led Legislature with no opposition in June.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's takeover of most of Atlantic City's major decision-making power may be extended for another four years.
Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, a Democrat who says he worked with Gov...
ATLANTA (AP) — The firing of the former Atlanta police officer who's charged with murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks was reversed after a review panel found the city failed to follow its own procedures for disciplinary actions...
BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts in a decision released Tuesday sided with a former firefighter who has been involved in a yearslong battle with the town of Brookline over what he said was a racist work environment...
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Atlanta police officer’s attorney said Thursday that his client didn't get a chance to defend himself before he was fired for fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who had been running away from two white officers after he resisted arrest and fired a stun gun at one of them...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper who is the son of the agency's former leader was suspended for four and a half months without pay after investigators concluded his reckless driving caused a crash in Monroe last October that left a child and teenager dead from their injuries...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday detailed plans to do away with an elite academic institution that's a pillar of the country's power establishment, replacing it with a more egalitarian version...
LONDON (AP) — Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond on Friday criticized the government of his successor and one-time friend for undermining democratic principles and the rule of law, in the latest episode of a political tug of war that threatens to tear apart Scotland’s independence movement...
DENVER (AP) — Three suburban Denver officers fired over a photo reenacting a neckhold like the one police used on Elijah McClain before the 23-year-old Black man died in 2019 will not get their jobs back, officials said Tuesday...
ATLANTA (AP) — Video of Atlanta police officers using Tasers and pulling two college students from a car during a large protest last year against police brutality and racial injustice sparked national outrage, and two of the officers were immediately fired...
DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado police officers fired for a photo reenacting a chokehold used on a Black man arrested last year appealed their terminations, officials said Thursday.
Officers Kyle Dittrich and Erica Marrero were fired last week after Aurora police released a photo showing them and a third officer smiling as they reenacted the chokehold their colleagues used on Elijah McClain, who died after police stopped him as he walked down the street in the Denver suburb of Aurora...
Bill Courtright loved the law-and-order types.
The disgraced former Scranton mayor respected the police who nabbed the criminals and the firefighters who battled to save lives and burning buildings.
HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Fire Department is accepting applications from men and women seeking careers in the professional fire service.
T he application period will be open through Aug. 10.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago.
BILLERICA -- Deputy Fire Chief Robert Cole has been named the interim chief in the wake of Thomas Conway retiring last week.
Town Manager John Curran anticipates that it will take 30 to 60 days to fill the chief's position.
Hired as a clerk typist by the civil service in 1942, Elizabeth S. “Dolly” Hudson, who died March 13 at 99, advanced quickly.
Transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB to work for the Department of Defense, Hudson later settled in San Antonio, working at Kelly AFB, where she eventually oversaw three separate requirements systems.
BRIDGEPORT - A city resident, who was rejected as a firefighter because he has high blood pressure, has filed a $500,000 federal discrimination lawsuit against the city.
Antonio Dias, 30, claims that although the city’s own doctor said he can perform the duties of a firefighter as long as he takes medication for his high blood pressure the city’s personnel director refused to clear Dias.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's crackdown on collective bargaining could serve as a model for President Donald Trump's plans to overhaul the federal workforce...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Central Election Commission has canceled the mandates of two members of Parliament and a mayor because of their criminal records.
The actions taken Thursday were the first under a law passed last year that bars people with criminal records from holding public office and most civil service jobs.
SCHENECTADY — One of four police lieutenants, each with at least 14 years on the force, will likely become Schenectady's next police chief.
The veteran commanders, Edward Barbagelata, Mark McCracken, Eric Clifford, and Todd Stickney, all passed the police chief's civil service exam.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece cleared an important hurdle in its drive to receive its next batch of bailout loans from its international creditors Monday. But even though the deal was secured without the global market tensions that have marked earlier rescue talks, the economic reforms agreed involve firing thousands of civil service workers.