Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:24
DETROIT (AP) — A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.
Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results filed shortly before midnight Monday. The tally from 60 days of voting gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit’s overall strategy to eliminate or reduce $18 billion in long-term debt is fair and feasible to all creditors.
Trial starts Aug. 14.
“I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed, positive decision about their future and the future of the city,” said Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager who has been handling Detroit’s finances since March 2013.
Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days
Written by By ED WHITE Associated Press   
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:07
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills on Monday, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city’s bankruptcy.
The city said there will be no shutoffs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation’s largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses.
Tuition at most Ohio universities to rise again
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tuition at 11 of Ohio’s 13 traditional, four-year public universities will rise this fall.
Most of the universities chose to boost tuition as much as state limits would allow this year: 2 percent or $188, whichever is higher.
Some students complain that the increases are too much, but university advocates say the state’s cap keeps increases to a fraction of what they were in past years.
The average tuition increase at Ohio’s public universities was 9 percent from 1996 to 2006. Since 2010, the most that public schools have been able to raise tuition in a year was 3.5 percent.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 13:35
Detroit due to report results from pension vote
Written by By ED WHITE Associated Press   
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:53
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit promised to report the results of voting on pension cuts Monday but declined to disclose the numbers during a morning bankruptcy hearing.
Attorney Heather Lennox said it “probably would be imprudent” to single out the results from thousands of city retirees and workers when there are many classes of creditors in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
“Not all of the tallies for all of the classes are completely nailed down. ... We do intend to file the declaration” Monday, Lennox told Judge Steven Rhodes.
She declined to offer a specific time when asked outside court.
Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old baby in Dayton
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:32
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old baby in Dayton.
Police tell The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1zVuNQk) that a step-grandmother was watching the baby for the day when her dog attacked and killed the infant on Sunday.
A Montgomery County coroner’s investigator says the baby is from another state.
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