Sunday, May 19 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:06:31 GMT
(RNN) - Tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas, leaving a trail of damage.There are no reports of fatalities or injuries, but homes and businesses are damaged in Witchita, KS and outside ofMore >>
A tornado outbreak in the Midwest caused heavy damage to homes and businesses and one death has been reported in Oklahoma. More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:00:22 GMT
The Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct its annual rehearsal of the plan that helped safely evacuate the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005. On Wednesday,More >>
The Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct its annual rehearsal of the plan that helped safely evacuate the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005. More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:00:09 GMT
Spring cleaning doesn't get much easier than during Trash Amnesty Week, set aside each spring by the City of Auburn. During the week of May 20-24, 2013, the fees normally assessed to Auburn residentsMore >>
Spring cleaning doesn't get much easier than during Trash Amnesty Week, set aside each spring by the City of Auburn.More >>
Last week's editorial suggesting state employees kick in a bit more for health insurance premiums to help offset their health costs that have risen 600 million dollars in the past five years brought an onslaught of criticism:
Here's a sampling:
"When state employee salaries equal the private sector I will be happy to pay for my insurance."
"How can you ask someone who does what teachers do and lives on an average of $40,000 a year pay more?"
"If you have to pay for your insurance with your company, maybe you should apply for a state job."
"Sure if health care costs are rising in all other professions, to be "fair" they should rise for teachers. However, if we are going to be "fair", shouldn't teacher salaries also increase in a way that reflects the salaries of all other professions requiring a college degree and highly qualified training?"
"State workers and teachers in Alabama are grossly underpaid... insurance and retirement are a small step in closing the salary gap. Workers can make so much more in other sectors that if there were not incentives to work for the state we would not have quality workers."
"Research says a large number of teachers suffer from kidney problems (from not being able to go the bathroom), arthritis (from walking and writing constantly) and problems with the throat and voicebox (from talking excessively and loudly). With all of these job-induced health issues we need (our) health plan."
"Insurance is one of the few benefits of working for the state. State employees are also tax payers and they provide a service to everyone in the state. The insurance is pretty good, but it doesn't cover occupational therapy for my two year old who was diagnosed with autism two months ago, so it could be better. Maybe if the state paid employees better, they could afford to pay more for their insurance."
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