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Told of prison cover-up, Gov. Rick Scott’s inspector failed to act

Florida prison scandalGov. Rick Scott’s chief troubleshooter was warned by letter nearly two years ago about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths, but did nothing other than forward the letter to the very people accused of hiding the deaths, documents obtained by the Miami Herald show.

An anonymous letter addressed to “Gov. Scott” and stamped as received by the governor’s chief inspector general on Oct. 25, 2012, included strikingly accurate details about the gruesome deaths of Randall Jordan-Aparo at Franklin Correctional Institution in 2010 and Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional in 2012.


Pennsylvania state officials allegedly sent sexually explicit photos, videos from state email accounts

Pemmsylvania officials sent sexually explicit emailsTop Pennsylvania state officials sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages to each other from their work email accounts, it's claimed.

Top environmental regulator E. Christopher Abruzzo, Gov. Tom Corbett's former spokesman Kevin Harley and State Police Comissioner Frank Noonan are among those implicated in the alleged scandal.

Noonan’s agency is heading up the manhunt for Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein, and the 42-year vet and former FBI agent has been the lead spokesman in the case.


Los Angeles hotel workers win $15.37 minimum wage after city council vote

speaker at LA city councilWorkers at big hotels in Los Angeles have won one of the highest minimum wages in the United States after a campaign by unions and civil rights groups.

The city council voted on Wednesday night to establish a minimum hourly wage of $15.37 for employees of hotels with more than 125 rooms, a decision expected to boost campaigns for better wages in other industries and cities.


NBA player Jeff Taylor arrested for dometic assault

Jeff TaylorCharlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor has been arrested in Michigan on domestic assault charges, according to East Lansing Police.

The police department said in a statement Thursday that Taylor, 25, was charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. His bond was set at $5,000.

A pretrial court date has been set for Oct. 8 at East Lansing District Court in Michigan. Jury selection for the case is set for Oct. 14, but Taylor also has the option of a bench trial.


Chicago flights grounded after fire at FAA radar facility

Ohare fireHundreds of flights have been grounded at Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports following a fire at an air traffic control facility.

The disruptions are all but certain to ripple out and affect flights in other parts of the country. A flight from Houston to San Francisco, for example, could become delayed or canceled if the aircraft or crew scheduled to operate it gets knocked off schedule by the situation in Chicago.


Kansas City, Mo. is crossroads for crude by rail, documents show

Kansas City oil rail hubMissouri’s largest city has become a crossroads for trains carrying a type of crude oil that has ignited in multiple derailments, according to state documents that the railroads carrying the cargo didn’t want made public.

Each week, as many as 10 trains pass through Kansas City, each carrying at least 1 million gallons of Bakken crude from North Dakota, reports released this month by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency show.

The railroads initially required states to sign agreements that they wouldn’t make the information public.


Federal Government Sues Companies Over Anti-Transgender Discrimination Claims

federal courthouse in DetroitThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Thursday against two companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees, the first time the federal government has brought suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect transgender workers.

The two complaints, filed in federal courts in Florida and Michigan, are the latest — and most ambitious — steps in a series of aggressive moves taken by the commission in the past several years to advance LGBT rights under existing laws.


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