Settlement Reached in Pittsburgh Snowstorm Death

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died at home after waiting 30 hours for help despite 10 calls to 911 during a record-setting snowstorm.JEMS “Pittsburgh Snow Death” Coverage The attorney for Curtis Mitchell’s family tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that terms of the settlement won’t be disclosed until city and county officials can approve the deal in the next few days. The lawsuit was thrown out of federal court last year, but remaining claims under state law were scheduled to go to trial Friday in Common Pleas Court. Medics couldn’t reach Mitchell’s home during the February 2010 blizzard and asked him to walk to them instead. The city solicitor confirmed the settlement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which first reported on it. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.last_img read more

Critics say bill designed to aid GOP reelection bids

first_imgBy Elizabeth ByrneThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org “This is a major deal of cynical Republicans trying to once again put their thumb on the scale when they can’t win an election fair and square,” Maxey said. “They want to stack it with third-party candidates, so that unsuspecting voters that may think, ‘Neither major party speaks for me, so I’m just going to go do a protest vote by voting for this Green Party candidate.’”An earlier version of the bill only had the filing fee provision. When the bill reached the House floor earlier this month, Springer proposed an amendment that added the new ballot threshold language. The amendment passed after less than a minute of discussion, catching some House Democrats off guard amid an intense evening session of the House in which dozens of bills were heard.Springer told The Texas Tribune that he added the floor amendment because the current threshold for parties to gain ballot access “protects the two-party system too much.” It isn’t specifically targeting the Green Party, he said.“Republicans are not afraid to give Texans more choice,” he added.Pat Dixon, former state chair of the Texas Libertarian Party, testified against the bill last week at a Senate State Affairs Committee hearing. Dixon said the bill wouldunfairly force Libertarians to pay filing fees in addition to the cost of their nominating convention.When Democratic and Republican candidates pay filing fees to run for an office, the money helps pay for the election. Under HB 2504, third-party candidates would pay the same filing fees, but the money would go toward state or local funds, but not funds specifically devoted to running elections.Kellis Ruiz, co-chair of the Tarrant County Green Party, testified in favor of HB 2504 last week, saying the filing fee is “less than 1% of the cost” compared to hiring petitioners to get the minimum number of signatures to put a candidate on the ballot. No Green Party candidates were listed on Texas ballots in 2018 because none of the party’s statewide candidates drew 5% of the vote two years earlier. The party attempted to secure a spot on the general election ballot by meeting another threshold — collecting nearly 50,000 signatures. They failed miserably, collecting only 500 signatures.On Sunday, when HB 2504 reached the Senate floor, Democrats raised concerns about how it would affect future elections. State Sen. José Menéndez D-San Antonio, said he was worried that making it easier for third parties to gain access to the ballot would be used to manipulate voters.“My concern is that by lowering the threshold, we’re opening up the possibilities of people starting to play games with adding candidates to ballots with no intention of having them win, but actually disrupt what’s going to happen at the top of the ballot,” Menéndez said.The bill’s senate sponsor, Bryan Hughes, said the bill would impact both major political parties by putting the threshold for ballot access at a “more inclusive level.” The Mineola Republican did not say which party he thought would be more affected by the legislation but instead suggested there was “a lot of overlap.”If the bill reaches Abbott’s desk, he can choose to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Currently in Texas, Democrats and Republicans have to either pay a filing fee or secure a certain number of signatures to get on their party’s primary ballot. Texas filing fees for a candidate range from $75 for county surveyor to $5,000 for U.S. senator.The Libertarian Party, meanwhile, has avoided those requirements while routinely gaining a spot on the general election ballot by meeting a different threshold: at least one of its candidates has managed to win more than 5% of the vote in a statewide race during the previous election cycle.Springer’s bill would lower that ballot-access threshold for third parties to 2% of the vote in one of the last five general elections — a bar that the Green Party could also clear. In 2010, the Green Party candidate for comptroller drew 6% of the vote.Glen Maxey, legislative affairs director for the Texas Democratic Party, suggested that the bill is an attempt to topple the efforts of Democrats to turn Texas purplenext year. He highlighted in particular Democrats’ efforts to flip the Texas House, which is currently made up of 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats. Libertarian candidates are widely viewed as pulling votes from Republicans, while Green Party candidates are more likely to pull votes from Democratic candidates, Maxey said. He predicted Green Party candidates would receive money from Republican donors to cover the filing fees. A bill on track to reach Gov. Greg Abbott‘s desk appears designed to make it easier for Green Party candidates and harder for Libertarian candidates to get on the Texas ballot in 2020. Democrats say House Bill 2504 is a ploy by Republicans to boost their reelection bids while siphoning off votes from Democrats.The bill from state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, would make two major changes to how candidates with non-major parties run for office in Texas. The bill would require those candidates to either pay filing fees or secure a certain number of signatures to get on a November ballot. It also changes the threshold for guaranteeing a party a place on the ballot. The former provision could lead to fewer Libertarians running in 2020. The latter would mean the Green Party would likely earn a spot on the November ballot that year.The bill tentatively passed the Senate on Sunday on a party-line 19-12 vote. If the chamber gives it final approval, it will head to the governor’s desk. See also: Texas fights ‘drastic’ push to require voting map approvallast_img read more

Gary Kennon Named Rotary President

first_imgGary Kennon AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementMADISON, IN — Gary Kennon has been appointed president of Rotary Lift, a leading manufacturer of vehicle lifts, effective January 1, 2006. A Rotary Lift employee for more than 21 years, Kennon has served as interim president and general manager of the company since June. Prior to this, he was vice president of business development including responsibility for international sales development. He began his Rotary career as a design engineer. He was subsequently promoted to manager of engineering, and then moved into operations as a business unit vice president. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to be placed in charge of a great business like Rotary Lift,” said Kennon. “The association I have had with such an outstanding group of employees at Rotary Lift and their fantastic work ethic – not only in Madison, but in Germany and the rest of our locations around the world – has directly contributed to my success. Rotary Lift has been a successful business for a long time and I am confident in our ability to improve upon our accomplishments as we move forward.” Kennon earned a master’s of business administration degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, as well as a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis. Along with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Taylor and Cole, the Kennons have been residents of the Madison community for the past 14 years. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Liebherr cranes complete compact lifts

first_imgThe crane track for a gantry crane needed to be replaced, since the excavator components it moves are becoming even larger and heavier. By replacing a total of eight girders on the gantry crane system it was possible to double its lifting capacity to 40 tonnes. The two cranes were used to safely hoist and install each of the girders that weighed six tonnes each. Due to space restrictions inside the hangar, the two LTC 1045-3.1 models were fitted with an assembly jib. It was not possible to use a hook block. The compact cranes proved to be ideally suited to working in constricted spaces. www.liebherr.comwww.schmidbauer-group.comlast_img

Two Additional Crews Arrive To Assist With Caribou Lake Fire

first_imgOn Sunday, firefighters will continue with the full containment strategy by completing control line utilizing natural barriers where possible. North to northwest winds could cause an increase in fire activity on the east and southeast portions of the fire. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two additional crews arrived to assist with suppression on the Caribou Lake Fire Saturday. The fire behavior was influenced by wind and terrain features during the day; however, the fire only increased 5 acres in size.The fire is currently 900 acres and 20 percent contained. The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1, Alaska Division of Forestry, and Kachemak Emergency Services held a community meeting  at the McNeil Canyon School in Fritz Creek to provide an update on the Caribou Lake, North Fork, and Swan Lake Fires. Additional crews will be arriving on the fire to aid in the construction of fire line and help secure the fire’s edge. Firefighters will continue to utilize aviation resources as conditions and visibility allow. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “The meeting was attended by over 50 people and was well received.” center_img On Sunday, winds will prevail from the south-southwest as a weak low-pressure center passes to the south over the Gulf of Alaska. Cloud cover will increase through the day with some afternoon cumulus development possible across the mountains. Temperatures will be in the low-mid 60s. A slight chance for light and isolated showers is possible, but wetting rains are unlikely. Expect long delays on the Sterling Highway from MP 53 to MP 71 due to fire activity and smoke impacts. Drive with headlights on and yield to fire vehicles and first responders. Travel is not advised Sunday.last_img read more