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  • Newport-Mesa School District asked to disclose salaries

    A nonpartisan research institute could seek legal counsel in the coming weeks to compel the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to disclose employee salaries online.
  • Hollywood challenging extra pension checks sent to retirees last year

    Hollywood challenging extra pension checks sent to retirees last year
    Retired cops, firefighters and City Hall employees sometimes get an extra payday known as the 13th check. It comes each year the pension funds have robust earnings and has ranged from $200 to more than $26,000. But it comes at a cost to taxpayers: The...

    More police now sporting cameras on their bodies

    More police now sporting cameras on their bodies
    Officer Aaron Waddell pulled over a gray Dodge Caravan on Route 198 in Laurel and asked the driver for his license and registration. Waddell told the man why he stopped him — a suspected seat belt violation — and added, "Just to let you know,...

    Wal-Mart creates $10-million fund to spur U.S. manufacturing

    Wal-Mart creates $10-million fund to spur U.S. manufacturing
    Wal-Mart announced Thursday it would create a $10-million fund to help support and spur innovation in U.S. manufacturing.  Bill Simon, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s U.S. president, outlined some of the details of the fund at the United States Conference of...

    Study: Low-wage workers more educated than in 1968, but make less

    Study: Low-wage workers more educated than in 1968, but make less
    New research by the Economic Policy Institute finds that low-wage workers are more educated today than they were more than 40 years ago, but make less when the minimum wage is adjusted for inflation.   Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current...