Judge upholds state furloughs
SACRAMENTO | A judge ruled on Thursday that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can force tens of thousands of state workers to take days off without pay to help close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.
The two-day-a-month furloughs are scheduled to start Feb. 6 and would apply to all 238,000 state workers, although many of those would be exempt.
Two employee unions challenged Mr. Schwarzenegger’s executive order, saying he did not have authority to order furloughs.
Man indicted in Obama threat
A federal grand jury in Denver handed up the indictment Tuesday against Timothy Ryan Gutierrez, 20, of Cortez in southwestern Colorado.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday that Mr. Gutierrez wasn’t in custody, and authorities declined to discuss his whereabouts. Mr. Gutierrez had no listed phone number and it was not known whether he had an attorney.
Mr. Gutierrez faces one count each of transmission of threats and falsely threatening to use explosives.
Wrestler’s doctor pleads guilty
NEWNAN | The personal doctor to a professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son in 2007 pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients, one of whom died.View Entire Story
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