January 10, 2012 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs, and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million a year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. Though the closings and other cost-cutting steps will affect USDA headquarters in Washington and operations in 46 states, the saving will be relatively small in the context of the agency's $145 billion budget. The USDA did not immediately say which offices would be closed or whether employees would be laid off. An outline given to the Associated Press before Vilsack's speech said many offices had few employees or were near others.
November 1, 1987 |
The Wallingford-Swarthmore board president has said that an earned-income tax and school closings are two things district residents won't have to worry about next year. Board President Ronald C. Albrecht announced at last week's meeting that members intended to review the district's financial status to find ways of saving money and to identify possible new methods of raising funds. Albrecht said that the board would explore all aspects of the district's operations, but two. "The board will not explore the feasibility of closing a building and will not consider an earned-income (tax)
January 8, 2012 |
After just three months as head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput found himself wondering last month whether he should put off the massive Catholic school closings that a special commission had privately recommended to him. "So I took the question to the priests' council," Chaput said in an interview after Friday's news conference that unveiled the closings, "and I asked them if we should postpone it for a year....
February 5, 2012 |
The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia fighting proposed closings and mergers have held candlelight vigils, organized rallies and marches, and served up spaghetti dinners. As part of their fund-raising campaigns, they have created Facebook pages, set up Twitter accounts, and sold everything from T-shirts to hair tinsel in school colors. They also have made presentations with enrollment data and financial projections to archdiocesan officials. Now, they await word of their fates.
April 24, 2012 |
The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee announced Tuesday that its hearing this week on refinery closures will be webcast on the committee's website: www.jec.senate.gov . The hearing, which will be chaired by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.), will focus on the impact that the closing of refineries serving the Northeast will have on fuel markets. Three refineries in Philadelphia are idled or threatened with closure and a fourth refinery in the Virgin Islands also shut down earlier this year.
July 2, 1993 |
Heavy rains that flushed pollution into coastal bays and seas were the key ingredient in most of the 111 beach closings at the Shore last summer, according to a state water quality report released yesterday. In most cases, the beaches were closed because of elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria, the state Department of Environmental Protection and Energy said. Most of closings came during one five-day period in August, after heavy rains. For example, 22 of 27 beach closings last summer occurred during this stretch.
January 10, 1992 |
The continuing shake-out among major Philadelphia retailers took another victim yesterday. Stern's announced it would close its two remaining area department stores, at The Gallery in Center City and Echelon Mall in Voorhees. The closings, scheduled for sometime in March, must be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Cincinnati, which is overseeing the reorganization efforts of Stern's parent company, Allied Stores Corp. The stores employ about 365 people, all of whom would lose their jobs, according to Howard Fraser, senior vice president for marketing for the Paramus, N.J., company.
March 2, 2012 |
Elections officials in several states worry that the closing of mail-processing centers and post offices could disrupt vote-by-mail balloting this year, a potential problem that has led some members of Congress to call for a delay until after the November elections. The U.S. Postal Service recently said it was moving ahead with plans to close at least 223 processing centers and thousands of post offices, adding to the 153 centers and 965 post offices that have closed since 2008. The moves are part of a cost-cutting strategy for an agency that estimates it will lose up to $18 billion a year by 2015.