Trusties evicted by Miss. governor
JACKSON, Miss. - Amid controversy over pardons issued by then-Gov. Haley Barbour, inmate trusties will no longer work at the Mississippi Governor's Mansion.
Gov. Phil Bryant, who had already stopped the practice of inmate trusties living at the mansion, has ended a decades-old program of letting trusties work there. The announcement comes after criticism of Barbour's decision Jan. 6 to pardon four murderers and one robber who were trusties at the mansion during his second term.
Bryant's decision means six inmates assigned to the mansion since Jan. 3 will be transferred to other work programs. - AP
Arlington burial for Tuskegee pilot
ARLINGTON, Va. - On the same day retired Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. took his resting place among other war and military heroes, his real-life story as a World War II aviator played out on movie screens across the country.
Weathers was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery in a service that began with a flyover of four F-16 jets in the Missing Man formation.
Weathers, 90, died Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz. His burial coincided with the official opening in theaters of Red Tails, a movie produced by George Lucas that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who debunked widely held beliefs that black pilots were incapable of fighting in combat. - AP
First-class postage will increase starting Sunday from 44 cents to 45. The change was announced in October.
Lawmakers reached a compromise Friday that toughens the rules airline and railroad workers must follow to hold union elections, boosting prospects for passage of a long-term funding plan for the Federal Aviation Administration, congressional aides said.
A Pacific Northwest storm that brought snow, ice, and powerful wind left a mess of fallen trees and power lines Friday as tens of thousands of residents faced the prospect of a cold, dark weekend and flooding became a top concern. Rescuers hoped for better weather after a blizzard kept them from searching for four people missing on Washington's Mount Rainier.