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    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Dorsett, the first Black woman to serve on North Carolina’s cabinet as well as on the Greensboro City Council, has died. She was 87 The city issued a statement saying Dorsett died on Monday, two days short of her birthday. No cause of death was listed. Dorsett served two terms on the city council from 1983 to 1986. After serving on the council, Dorsett served as a Guilford County Commissioner from 1990 until 1992, when...
    An avowed socialist member of the Seattle City Council has issued a video statement threatening anyone — particularly Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — who tries to stand in the way of the agenda of working people and vowing to replace the rotten system of capitalism with socialism worldwide. What are the details?City Journals Christopher Rufo posted footage of Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant (Socialist) delivering what he called an unhinged rant following the passage of the citys so-called...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just a few days ago, Leneesha Columbus, was alive and well. But Sunday night someone killed the mother of two, who was 5 months pregnant. The next day, in Minneapolis, a 12-year-old was shot while riding with his family. Lisa Clemons is a former officers and a peace activist with “A Mother’s Love.”  She said to a crowd of reporters, “We cannot have bullets continue to fly in our community.” A panel of African-American violence prevention advocates...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A virtual Minneapolis City Council meeting is slated to take place on July 8. To learn more on how to virtually attend click here.
    A series of tax hikes now look to be on the way in the District, as lawmakers continue to advance a fiscal 2021 budget designed to better fund public housing repairs, homeless services and emergency measures tied to the pandemic. The D.C. Council Tuesday offered its preliminary approval to amendments to the spending plan, layering on a series of changes to the budget proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser back in May. Perhaps most notably, the council is contemplating three tax...
    Seattle’s city council on Monday passed a tax on businesses with annual payrolls of more than $7 million, seeking to restore city revenues depleted by the coronavirus pandemic. The “JumpStart Seattle” tax will hit applicable companies on their pay to employees who make more than $150,000 a year, with tiered rates ranging from 0.7 percent to 2.4 percent. The upper limit would apply to companies such as Amazon, and to salaries of $400,000 or more at firms with $1 billion...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – City council unanimously passed two bills today to make Pittsburgh more inclusive and provide opportunities for certain communities. One bill will help make the city more inclusive and the other will provide additional opportunities for African American communities. Council agreed on the bill that would create an 11 person LGBTQIA+ commission. That group will develop plans and address challenges. It will also allow them to connect more with residents and services in Pittsburgh. Council also approved a...
    Light rail and bus safety was a big issue when the 2020 Legislature convened in February. Lawmakers from both parties, as well as officials from the Met Council, all said something needed to be done about crime on and around Twin Cities transit. Where the parties differed was whether the response would rely on more law enforcement or on using a new civilian corps to monitor trains and buses while also decriminalizing fare evasions and minor misconduct.  A legislative compromise...
    A leading expert on the Islamic State group who had recently turned his attention to Iran-backed militias in Iraq was gunned down outside his home in Baghdad on Monday night, triggering outpouring of grief among Iraq-watchers and analysts. Husham Al-Hashimi, 47, was ambushed by four men on two motorcycles who shot him several times with silenced weapons, Saad Maan, a spokesman for Iraq’s Interior Ministry said. He was later declared dead at a hospital in the city. There was no...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed a resolution calling on Atlas Restaurant Group to eliminate its dress codes at its restaurants in the wake of another dress code-related incident at one of its restaurants. A Black boy and his mother were denied service last month because of the child’s clothing, while a similarly-dressed White child was allowed to eat at Ouzo Bay in Harbor East. Atlas later apologized, saying it has changed its policy to exclude...
    When local government faces serious challenges, changing its structure may seem like an obvious answer. But the current proposal to change San Jose’s form of government to a strong mayor structure is a “solution” looking for a problem. The council-manager form is time-tested. It has been the most successful form of local government for more than a century, proven in cities large and small across the nation for accountability, integrity and professionalism. Including San Jose. And our “hybrid” form already...
    Council representative Stacie Gilmore will likely become Denver City Council president this month, and she already has plans. I really want to try to bring us together as a body, she explains. We’re thirteen individual people and we represent different parts of the city. How we can operate more together on a lot of big issues and have more communication, more planning and time for us to actually think about what we’re trying to do? Gilmore, who represents far northeast...
    As part of a new report on targeted killings using drones, a U.N. human rights investigator says a January U.S. strike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was an “arbitrary killing,” and that Iran’s retaliatory missile attack was not justified.  “No evidence has been provided that General Soleimani specifically was planning an imminent attack against U.S. interests, particularly in Iraq, for which immediate action was necessary and would have been justified,” said Agnes Callamard, special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in...
    A city council member in Norman, Oklahoma, proposed a police budget cut. Then officers for that department posted her address online. Days later, a woman who lived in the other half of her duplex was raped by an assailant who allegedly made a political threat. The attack was a case of retaliation and mistaken identity, the council member alleges. Alexandra Scott, a Norman council member who won the Democratic nomination for her state Senate seat last month, is an outspoken...
    By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four people want to lead Atlantic City through immense challenges as the seaside resorts next mayor. The winners tasks include leading the East Coast gambling resort through the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered its casinos for 3 1/2 months and left thousands out of work; healing from a spasm of violence that left stores looted, and turning around a city with a history of corruption so long and colorful that HBO...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – During a study session Monday night, Aurora City Council discussed the independent, third-party investigation into Elijah McClain’s death. Council members also voted to move forward on a ban on carotid control holds and chokeholds. City Manager Jim Twombly mandated a new policy for Aurora police in June to stop the use of carotid holds, the restraint used on McClain. The new ordinance would make the ban more permanent and harder to reverse. Twombly is also working...
    By LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead sponsor and council member Teresa Mosqueda, will target companies with many highly paid employees, whereas the 2018 “head tax” would have applied to all employees at...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead sponsor and council member Teresa Mosqueda, will target companies with many highly paid employees, whereas the 2018 “head tax” would have applied to all employees at large companies. The council voted...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead sponsor and council member Teresa Mosqueda, will target companies with many highly paid employees, whereas the 2018 “head tax” would have applied to all employees at large companies. The council...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council is warning that if Covid-19 cases keep rising in North Texas at their rapid rate, hospitals will soon have to implement their surge plans. Stephen Love, President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council said Monday, “We could well be in a surge situation within two and a half to three weeks.” During a surge mode, hospitals add beds throughout their facilities. Love said that on June 15, there were 700 people...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council member is introducing legislation to redirect money from the police budget to creating a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program. The proposal from council member Andrew Lewis would send unarmed medics and crisis workers to reports of people in mental health crisis, The Seattle Times reported. Amid continuing protests in Seattle and around the nation in which protesters are calling for defunding police, Lewis sees this new response replacing police in...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Monday night the Aurora City Council will vote on whether to ban police officers from using carotid control hold. That’s the hold used on Elijah McClain last August, before his death. Last month, the city manager mandated a new policy to stop those holds. The new ordinance would make it more permanent and harder to reverse. Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson says she supports banning the maneuver. Last week, three Aurora police officers were fired and...
    HAYWARD — Vistors staying in one of the city’s hotels or motels may have to pay more for a room under a tax increase that is expected to appear on the November ballot. Currently, guests pay an 8.5% transit occupancy tax, money that goes into Hayward’s general fund, the majority of which is spent on salaries and benefits. On June 30, the City Council unanimously requested that city staffers come back July 14 with a draft ballot measure that would...
    The United Nations Human Rights Council has become notorious for opposing basic human rights and siding with communist nations and dictatorships, since so many of these countries have been allowed a seat on the council. The latest example of the council’s flippancy toward human rights came this weekend, when delegates from Cuba delivered a statement praising China’s adoption of a national security law imposed on Hong Kong. The United Kingdom offered a statement condemning China’s new law. As has come...
    ROME — Pope Francis has thrown his support behind the United Nations’ appeal for a global ceasefire to address fallout from the coronavirus, telling pilgrims in the Vatican Sunday that the measure represents a “courageous first step.” “This week the United Nations Security Council adopted a Resolution which proposes some measures to deal with the devastating consequences of the Covid-19 virus, particularly for areas in conflict zones,” the pontiff told the crowd gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly...