Friday, February 25, 2011

MORNING HEADLINES: Change - and bitter cold - is in the air

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Idaho's no Wisconsin — The Idaho state senate has OKed two of State Superintendent Tom Luna's school reforms. Those would decrease the teacher's union bargaining rights and set up a merit-based performance pay plan. But the third bill — which would have fired 770 teachers and increased class sizes to save money in the budget to pay for the two provisions — was sent back to committee. Every Democrat in the Idaho senate opposed the measures but stayed and voted against it, instead of fleeing to Montana. (SR)

City plunged back into winter; coffee baristas hardest hit — Some occupations like "TV reporters and drive-through coffee baristas," KREM reports, still have to work in the outdoors during this cold, cold winter temperature. If only they had a warm beverage to give them comfort and keep them awake. (KREM)

Tonight, on COPS — Spokane's law enforcement already has dashboard mounted cameras. But now they want to add a camera mounted on their body, which would be required to be turned on at the beginning of a call. That's good news for cops/people skeptical of cops/fans of Robocop.

Libya's liberation — At one time, peaceful protests in Libya may have been possible. But with gunshots fired into the crowd, Libya's looking more and more like it's doomed for civil war. (Washington Post)

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