HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is looking for ideas from anyone on how to balance the budget. Turner is facing a substantial budget shortfall (again) that now includes another $100 million in order to implement the fire parity measure known as prop b. Wednesday, Turner met for the first time since the vote with the fire union. The rare open negotiation between the two sides was a spectacle to watch, seen live by hundreds on the city's Facebook page and the city's various media outlets. The two sides sat across an unreasonably large conference table, flanked by city staff members, communication staff for the mayor, city council members and media members. Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, had offered to re-open negotiations with the city after the vote. Lancton said he believes the union can reach a deal through negotiations that would spare the city from layoffs. In his weekly news conference, Turner, at least … [Read more...] about Turner looks to fire union for how to balance the budget
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Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), sat down with Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House last week to offer her thoughts on why criminal justice reform is needed in America. Paul says she is very enthusiastic about the FIRST STEP Act, a bill that would ease federal sentencing laws and that President Trump put his weight behind last Wednesday.“I think it’s really exciting and incredible. This is an incredible day for bipartisanship, for a great bill that hopefully we will get brought to the Senate floor,” Paul told House moments after President Trump’s endorsement. “I appreciate the leadership that Jared Kushner and Ivanka have shown on criminal justice reform.” Paul claims this is an issue all Americans can support. “If we were to be able to actually finally make some strides in this area, it will be the first strides that have been made,” Paul said. “President Obama wasn’t able to do this. This is … [Read more...] about Watch – Kelley Paul on Criminal Justice Reform: ‘Just Locking People Up Is Not Solving the Problem’
close Video Homeland security closely monitoring midterm elections Situation rooms flagging incidents, identifying trends and developing responses; Catherine Herridge reports on the security framework. **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**HOW TO WATCH THE MIDTERM ELECTIONSour midterms page. When you’re there, you can also explore all of the data we’re able to get from the FNVA. SIX O’CLOCK REPUBLICAN: Rep. Andy Barr won a third term by 22 points in 2016 election. He has been a lawyer, a political appointee and an elected congressman for the majority of his careerDEMOCRAT: Amy McGrath is a former Marine fighter pilot. McGrath has spent money in unorthodox ways. She has opened field offices in each of the district's 20 far-flung counties, no matter the population. She has not run traditional attack ads, but outside groups have run negative ads on her behalf.RACE … [Read more...] about How to watch the midterm elections
Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post Published 7:33 am PDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Toya Jordan Sarno Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, speaks at a congressional hearing on March 8, 2018. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, speaks at a congressional hearing on March 8, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Toya Jordan Sarno The Health 202: The FDA's bid to lower some drug costs will help. But it won't solve the problem. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - In the more than two months since President Donald Trump stood in the Rose Garden and made big promises about lowering drug prices, the most significant steps taken have come from an agency with no official role in how those prices are set. … [Read more...] about The Health 202: The FDA’s bid to lower some drug costs will help. But it won’t solve the problem.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has told a newspaper she does not think software updates for diesel vehicles in Germany will be enough to solve air quality problems and that hardware retrofits are the best way to avoid driving bans. The German car industry, which accounts for some 800,000 jobs in Europe’s biggest economy, is struggling with a global backlash against diesel cars after Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> admitted in 2015 that it had cheated U.S. exhaust tests. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will do everything possible to avoid driving bans but disagreements over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions threaten to further strain her coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). In an interview with Tagesspiegel due to be published on Sunday Schulze said: “I fear that in cities where the limits have been far exceeded – Munich, Stuttgart and others – software updates alone … [Read more...] about German minister says diesel software upgrades unlikely to solve air problems