January 20, 2021

Weekly unemployment claims increase by 162

first_imgFor the week of October 9, 2010, there were 840 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 162 from the week before. Altogether 7,460 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 198 from a week ago and 1,872 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,841 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 240 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,493 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 17 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

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Plan would standardize court costs and fines

first_img April 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Plan would standardize court costs and fines Senior EditorFlorida’s circuits and counties have adopted a variety of programs that oversee how mandated court costs and fines are imposed and then collected, bringing millions in extra revenues to the court system.But there’s no uniformity yet in how programs operate, and it’s difficult if not impossible to predict how a statewide program could be implemented and how much it might raise.The Florida House Select Committee on Article V examined collection of courts costs and fines at its March 11 meeting. It was part of the committee’s review on how the state can fulfill the 1998 constitutional mandate to have the state take over more funding of the trial courts by July 1, 2004.Like much else in the legislature’s Article V endeavors this year, lawmakers found themselves shadowboxing lace curtains. While they heard that programs have been successful in several counties and circuits, they also heard that spreading such efforts statewide will be difficult because of different capabilities and accounting standards among counties.Orange County Judge C. Jeffrey Arnold said the Ninth Circuit found in 1999 that only 7 percent of assessed fines and costs were being collected. So the circuit undertook a wide ranging program that included bringing those who owe into a collection court and other ways of reminding them, and since then more than 86 percent of what has been imposed has been collected, he said.“There’s a lot of money to be collected,” Arnold told the panel, adding a statewide program could help raise money needed to fund the courts.Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock said his clerk’s office has begun a program that includes a small amount of time from a county judge and five clerk positions, at a total cost of $250,000. For the past year, of $3.6 million imposed for costs and fines, $2.9 million was collected, he said, and of traffic charges, about $4.1 million of $4.57 million imposed was collected.“The success of the program is before you leave that courthouse, you have either paid, or signed a collection agreement and agreed to appear in collection court,” Brock said. “It’s not the collection court that has been the success per se, but that there has been somebody monitoring the program. . . and if they don’t pay, someone will be out trying to collect.”Representatives from several other jurisdictions talked about their programs, which included judges or hearing officers presiding at collection courts, use of collection agencies, and other techniques.Stan Morris, chief judge of the Eighth Circuit and vice chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, said that one approach would not work statewide. “The imposition of a collection court in some of these counties would be very cumbersome and totally unnecessary,” he said. “Some judges run an enforcement docket. I think the differences have to be accommodated.”One of those differences is in capabilities. Morris said some circuit have computer systems capable of tracking cases and what costs have been collected. In the Eighth Circuit, he said he would have to assign a person to manually review the cases.One way the legislature could help the courts with costs and fines is to put them all on one place in the statutes, so judges can find them with less work. He added that judges are more than willing to impose fines and costs set by lawmakers, and in recent years have waived fees and costs in fewer and fewer cases. He said, however, that judges should retain some discretion on the assessments.Speakers also warned it will be impossible to collect many fines and costs from felony cases because the defendants wind up in jail, and won’t be able to pay much until they are released, if then.They also warned that while the counties are running the programs now, the state will either have to take over and given incentives to counties to continue the collection efforts, once most funding for trial courts shifts to the state in 15 months.Jim Dwyer, of the Auditor General’s office, told the committee that it was difficult to arrive at exact figures because clerks don’t use uniform accounting systems. He said one study showed about 17 percent of court costs that could be assessed were not, and about a fifth of that was due to clerical errors. The remainder, he said, was probably due to judicial discretion, but the study did not examine that in detail.Of the costs levied, Dwyer said about half were collected, but added, “There are no records being kept on what should be assessed and what was, and on what was assessed and what was collected. In a lot of locations, that information probably still isn’t available.”Committee Chair Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, asked Dwyer about a uniform chart of accounts prepared for the courts and if that was helping track costs.“There are fairly detailed accounts in the accounting process,” Dwyer replied, “but again we have inconsistencies in how that’s being implemented.”Benson said there is work on estimating how much money could be raised with a statewide system. There are no firm figures yet, she said, but “the number is staggering” and perhaps could pay for the costs of conflict public defenders the state will be picking up. Plan would standardize court costs and fineslast_img read more

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Judge will not dismiss prosecutor in Parkland shooter case

first_imgA Florida judge is refusing to take the lead prosecutor off of the case of confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.In her ruling Thursday, the Broward County judge said Cruz does not have any right to choose the prosecutor in his case.Cruz’s public defenders had asked to remove State Attorney Michael Satz for refusing to consider anything other than the death penalty for Cruz and allegedly calling Cruz “evil” and worse than serial killer Ted Bundy.Cruz is accused of killing 17 people during the Valentine’s Day 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Defense attorneys have said Cruz would plead guilty to killing 17 people at the Parkland high school in exchange for life in prison.He is set to go to trial on capital murder charges in January 2020 and could get the death penalty if convicted.Related content:Prosecutor: Nik Cruz “Worse than Bundy” and Refuses to Reconsider Death Penaltylast_img read more

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Cork City travel to meet Finn Harps

first_imgBohemians will look to bounce back from Friday’s defeat to Galway when they welcome Wexford Youths to Dalymount.Kick off there is at 7.45. John Caulfield’s side have made the trip to the north-west to face Finn Harps.Kick off at Finn Park is at 8.There’s one other game in the top flight this evening.last_img

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Valley name changes go with the territory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It has been gut-wrenching to hear how people have talked about our home, but if they are not working to make the community better then they don’t even belong there.” Construction of the San Diego Freeway created the first divide in the Van Nuys community. As early as 1960, real-estate agents in the Valley were marketing homes on the west side of the new roadway as “West Van Nuys.” But the first official name change in the area didn’t come until 1991, when the southern portion of Van Nuys officially became part of Sherman Oaks. Residents at the time said their original home deeds – from as far back as the 1940s – labeled the area as Sherman Oaks, but to date a half-mile strip between Magnolia and Burbank boulevards and from Van Nuys Boulevard to the Tujunga Wash still keeps its original Van Nuys ZIP code. By 1998, the community of Valley Glen had also etched its boundaries out of the eastern portion of Van Nuys and the western edge of North Hollywood. When the Lake Balboa and West Van Nuys movement got its desired name change last month, it left Van Nuys at nearly half its original size – with about 90,000 residents. Most say the name changes stemmed from residential areas wanting to shy away from Van Nuys’ gritty image. But Steve Leffert, president of the West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, said those communities’ motivation to get a name change was more about unity. “After this uphill struggle, we are hoping to put all of this behind and get other things moving to improve our community,” he said. Leffert said the battle may have ended in a victory – but there is still some territory confusion. “Our boundaries still include a piece of Van Nuys and a sliver of Northridge,” Leffert said. But the question for many is what a new name for a community means. According to Councilman Tony Cardenas, name changes can create a false sense of community. “If I had that many people show up to a community cleanup or an anti-prostitution night out it would do much more than changing the name of a few blocks,” he said. Cardenas voted in favor of the Lake Balboa name change but said it was his way of putting an end to the debate. “If I never have to deal with another name change while I’m in office, I would be happy,” Cardenas said. Truth be told, no matter the name a community adopts, it often has little effect on services. “They get no new ZIP code or new services. They will get a couple of signs, but don’t get any more police officers or street cleaning,” Cardenas said. “This doesn’t dictate anything.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Van Nuys is shrinking. But no need to panic – the erosion isn’t new. Lake Balboa and West Van Nuys may be the latest communities to join forces and leave Van Nuys – once hailed as the “town that started right” – but they certainly weren’t the first. “We are working on getting Van Nuys’ name changed to Abandoned Meadows,” joked Don Schultz, a longtime Van Nuys resident and a member of the community homeowners association. last_img read more

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