- The Latest: Senate budget debate yet to begin Updated: Jul-07-15 3:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - After five months of debate and revisions, Wisconsin's full Legislature was set to vote on the 2015-17 state budget, a $70 billion spending plan that divvies up how much money state agencies receive and how they can use it. Here's a rundown on debate developments Tuesday (all times are local):
- Mayor in Vermont proposes salary rate study Updated: Jul-07-15 7:22 am
RUTLAND, Vermont - The mayor in Rutland, Vermont, has proposed bringing in an outside consultant to analyze the pay rates of city department heads.
- Wisconsin Senate to take up budget, contracts on Tuesday Updated: Jul-06-15 6:41 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Senate will take up the state budget, a 6 percent raise for state troopers and a new compensation plan for thousands of other state workers that contains no general wage increases on Tuesday.
- Wounded game warden avoided felony illegal hunting charges Updated: Jul-05-15 5:07 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden who was illegally hunting when he was shot in 2013 was allowed to keep his job and face a fine rather than felony charges, according to a newspaper report Sunday.
- Massachusetts businesses get break on worker comp costs Updated: Jul-05-15 4:32 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts businesses are getting a break on worker compensation costs for the new fiscal year.
- Assembly to consider 20-week abortion ban in special session Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take up bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage for construction workers, as well as state budget votes, in a special legislative session.
- St. Louis firefighters pension payout draws criticism Updated: Jul-02-15 10:17 am
ST. LOUIS - A newly retired St. Louis firefighters pension director collected a cash payout of more than a half million dollars at a time the city is asking voters to sign off on a $180 million bond issue for infrastructure improvements, according to a newspaper report Thursday.
- Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency Updated: Jul-01-15 9:27 pm
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.
- Political feud reopens as Dayton hikes agency head pay Updated: Jul-01-15 5:54 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton gave significant raises Wednesday to the various department heads who work under him, bumping the annual salaries of 11 executive branch commissioners to more than $150,000 while reigniting a political fight over public-sector pay that could spill into Minnesota's 2016 legislative campaign.
- 2nd Ebola case declared in Liberia as health workers protest Updated: Jul-01-15 2:32 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - Liberian officials confirmed a second Ebola case Wednesday in the same town where the disease was detected days earlier on the corpse of a teenager, seven weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free.
- Union-represented workers ratify 4-year contracts at GE Updated: Jul-01-15 12:10 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Union workers at General Electric Co. have ratified contracts that increase compensation by $15,500 over four years, hold the line on health care contributions next year, provide pension improvements and make other changes.
- Wisconsin Assembly to take up budget first next week Updated: Jul-01-15 11:31 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans who control the state Assembly plan to vote on the state budget next week along with a bill that would repeal prevailing wage requirements for local governments.
- Snyder signs law to bar municipal wage, employment rules Updated: Jun-30-15 8:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a law prohibiting Michigan municipalities from requiring businesses to pay wages, benefits or provide sick days exceeding state or federal requirements.
- Malloy: It's "too early to tell" if pay raises will be nixed Updated: Jun-30-15 6:47 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says it's "a little early to tell" whether a reduction in a state salary account will lead to state employees foregoing future pay raises.
- Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage Updated: Jun-30-15 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON - They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.
- Lufthansa makes Germanwings compensation offer Updated: Jun-30-15 11:32 am
BERLIN - Lufthansa on Tuesday offered financial compensation to relatives of people killed in the Germanwings crash three months ago - a proposal that a lawyer representing many German families immediately described as inadequate.
- Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill Updated: Jun-29-15 10:32 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.
- Dayton decision on cabinet member pay raises due this week Updated: Jun-29-15 3:22 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The one-day window for Gov. Mark Dayton to raise the pay of state agency commissioners arrives on Wednesday.
- Deal seeks $15 hourly wage for Mass. home care workers Updated: Jun-26-15 5:44 pm
BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has approved a new contract that aims to increase pay for some 35,000 home care workers in Massachusetts to $15 per hour by 2018.
- Court: Farm, ranch laborers eligible for workers' comp Updated: Jun-25-15 3:04 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Court of Appeals cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers' compensation benefits by declaring a decades-old provision in state law unconstitutional.
- Ikea raises minimum wage for US workers 2nd year in a row Updated: Jun-24-15 10:57 am
NEW YORK - Ikea's U.S division is raising the minimum wage for the second year in a row as the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain looks to improve its relations with workers and reduce worker turnover.
- Panel OKs new state trooper raises, no increases for others Updated: Jun-23-15 5:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The legislative committee that handles state workers' contracts approved a raise Tuesday for state troopers but decided to give thousands of other state employees no increases over the next two years.
- NHL salary cap to increase to $71.4 million for next season Updated: Jun-23-15 4:38 pm
LAS VEGAS - The NHL's salary cap for the upcoming 2015-16 season will increase to $71.4 million, allaying some concerns about a weak Canadian dollar's impact on the hockey pay scale.
- Committee: No raises for state workers Updated: Jun-23-15 4:30 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The legislative committee that handles state workers' contracts has agreed to give them no pay raises over the next two fiscal years.
- American Airlines CEO nets $2.4M selling company stock Updated: Jun-22-15 7:25 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas - The CEO of American Airlines collected nearly $2.4 million after taxes by selling some of his stock in the company.