02.09.17

In today’s Buzz: Jeff Sessions is Confirmed, Trump’s pick calls him ‘demoralizing,’ and 22-year-old runs for mayor. 

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Says His Comments are ‘Demoralizing’ – Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, has called Trump’s recent criticism of the judiciary ‘disheartening’ and ‘demoralizing.’

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General – After three days of partisan acrimony, the Senate confirmed Sessions as Attorney General, in a vote along party lines.

Army Grants Permission to Finish Dakota Pipeline –  The Army granted access and gave permission to the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday.

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Compton Mayor and City Council Clash Over Money to Fix Potholes – In Compton, the mayor and City Council are clashing over how to proceed with money raised to repair thousands of potholes. Plans to proceed with repairs remain bogged down in Compton City Hall, eight months after voters agreed to pay for them by raising the sales tax in the city a full penny to 10 percent, one of the highest rates anywhere in the state.

Overflow Crowd Gathers at City Hall for County Grounds Public Forum – Protect the woods on the County Grounds was the message sent to public officials at Wauwatosa City Hall Tuesday evening.The city of Wauwatosa held a public forum Feb. 7 to allow people to give feedback about a plan for the future of the County Grounds. Those in attendance were not going to allow their voices to be dampened as they filled the room to capacity and shouted at presenters.

Phoenix Public Works Launches Apprenticeship Program – When the city of Phoenix and Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 777, reached a deal last year, the contract called for something new: apprenticeship programs. The city’s public works department will begin a pilot program for solid waste equipment operators next month.

EPA Lets Wisconsin Phase in Water Pollution Rules – The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has approved a bid by Wisconsin officials to allow a slower roll-out of rules limiting the discharge of a dominant water pollutant into waterways. The EPA notified Department of Natural Resources on Monday that it will allow the state to phase in tougher regulations to limit the discharge of phosphorus from point sources such as sewage treatment plants and factories.

Streetcar Work Begins in Bricktown – The future was on Mayor Mick Cornett’s mind Tuesday as city leaders, merchants and others formally marked the beginning of two years of downtown streetcar line construction.Cornett called the MAPS 3 streetcar a big advance for “a generation which raised its hand and said, ‘We want to move Oklahoma City forward, faster than it’s ever moved before.'”

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Second Contractor Faces Charges in Atlanta City Hall Bribery – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced a criminal charge against a Lithonia contractor who is a close friend and business associate to a central figure in the Atlanta City Hall bribery probe.Charles P. Richards Jr. is accused of conspiracy to commit bribery in order to obtain city of Atlanta contracts, according to charging documents made public in U.S. District Court.

22-year-old Running for Mayor in Detroit – Myya D. Jones has always wanted to be a driving force of positive change in her community.And now she is running for the office of mayor of Detroit.

When Will Kansas City Vote on Minimum Wage Increase? – Kansas City voters will see a proposed minimum wage ordinance on their ballots. On that much, there’s agreement between attorneys representing the city and those representing petitioners who back the ordinance. But it’s likely to be the end of this week before it’s known whether the measure will be on the April or August ballot.