- - Thursday, July 1, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Payment ordered for state workers

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday ordered about 200,000 state workers to be paid the federal minimum wage this month because the state Legislature has not passed a budget.

Department of Personnel Administration Director Debbie Endsley sent the order in a letter to the state controller, who refused a similar order two years ago and may try to do the same thing this time. Most state employees will be paid the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour for the July pay period.

Workers will be paid in full retroactively once a budget is passed.

The Legislature has failed to take steps to close California’s $19 billion budget deficit, even as the new fiscal year began Thursday.

FLORIDA

NASA delays end of shuttle program

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA’s space shuttle program will keep going until next year.

The space agency made it official Thursday after weeks of hints of launch delays. Managers agreed to postpone the next-to-last shuttle launch until Nov. 1. Discovery had been scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in September.

The very last mission now has a Feb. 26 launch date. Endeavour will close out the shuttle program by delivering a major scientific instrument to the space station.

NASA says it needs more time to prepare the cargo for those two flights.

As for the possibility of an extra shuttle mission, NASA says no decision is expected before August. NASA would like to fly Atlantis one more time before the fleet is retired.

GEORGIA

CDC: West Nile virus continues to decline

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