News from the Associated Press - July 11, 2014

Associated Press
July 11, 2014

Corbett signs budget, vetoes legislative funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is vetoing millions of dollars from the Legislature's budget and urging lawmakers to make a new effort to address public-sector pensions.

The Republican governor announced Thursday that he had signed state budget documents more than a week after the state's new fiscal year began without a spending plan in place.

Corbett says he's cut $65 million from lawmakers' budget and $7.2 million from projects designated by the Legislature.

The pension systems represent a growing financial strain on state government and local school districts, but so far Corbett has not been able to get a deal to his desk.


Syracuse schools, state reach discipline agreement

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The Syracuse School District is agreeing to cut down on the number of suspensions after its disciplinary practices caught the attention of the state attorney general's office.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his civil rights bureau found that the district suspended 30 percent of its students during the 2012-13 school year, and that black students were suspended at twice the rate of white students. The review also found that students with disabilities were often wrongly punished for behavior directly related to their disability.

On Thursday, Schneiderman and Superintendent Sharon Contreras announced an agreement that includes amending the district Code of Conduct to emphasize discipline other than suspension.

State Education Commissioner John King says the previous system was deeply harmful and that Thursday's agreement sets a precedent for other districts.


Delays expected on Albany bridge over Hudson River

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Motorists are being warned to expect significant delays on an Interstate 90 bridge that spans the Hudson River in Albany.

State transportation officials say there will be lane and ramp closures all weekend and are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and continue through 5:30 a.m. Monday. The eastbound side of the Patroon Island Bridge will be completely closed to traffic while the westbound side will accommodate all traffic, with one lane open for eastbound traffic and two for westbound traffic.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Dunn Memorial Bridge carrying Routes 9 and 20 just south of the Patroon Island Bridge, the Troy-Menands Bridge carrying Route 378 to the north of the bridge, or the Berkshire Spur of the Thruway.

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