Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc (NasdaqCM: FRP) today announced plans to reduce its workforce over the next several months by approximately 400 positions. Vermont will lose 55 jobs, New Hampshrie will lose 190 and Maine 130. Another 25 positions will be let go in other states.”We value the contributions of our employees and workforce reductions are never easy,” said CEO Paul Sunu. “We are making this decision after careful evaluation to ensure that FairPoint is staffed appropriately to serve our customers well, while prudently managing expenses.”Both management and union employees will be affected across the company. The company intends to notify approximately 100 affected management employees later this month and will follow prescribed steps in the collective bargaining agreement covering union employees. FairPoint has declared an employee surplus affecting approximately 300 union positions.FairPoint expects the reduction in force to result in annualized operating expense savings of approximately $34 million, with the full benefit realized in 2012.The company expects to provide severance or incentive payments to eligible affected employees. The total amount of such payments is expected to range from $7 million to $13 million.About FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com(link is external)) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint?s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – FairPoint Communications, Inc
Update (6:54 p.m.)Wednesday evening storms caused minor damage in Ripley County. Trees were reported down west of Napoleon on C.R. 725 near Millhousen and Brownstown Road.The thunderstorms were accompanied by moderate winds and pea-sized hail.Update (6:01 p.m.)A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeastern Decatur County until 6:15 p.m.Locations impacted include Milhousen and New PointUpdate (5:50 p.m.)A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the majority of the listening area.The National Weather Service issued the warning for Ripley, Dearborn and Franklin counties until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.Storm hazards include large hail and winds up to 60 mph.A severe thunderstorm warning for western Decatur County and southern Rush County is set to expire at 6:00 p.m. WednesdayStay tuned to Country 103.9 WRBI and wrbiradio.com for the latest severe weather information.First Report (2:25 p.m.)Showers and storms are moving through the region this afternoon and into the evening hours.The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire listening area until 9 p.m. Wednesday.Thunderstorms are developing this afternoon and evening ahead of a cold front. The storms have the potential to become severe with the main threat being damaging winds and large hail. The storm system has the potential to spawn an isolated tornado.A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds.WRBI will releases up-to-date weather information on-air and online.
Alec Faulkner | Daily TrojanThe Rev. Cecil L. Murray, the John R. Tansey chair of Christian ethics in the School of Religion, discusses his experiences as pastor of an 18,000-person church in Doheny Library on Tuesday. Murray, who played a key role during the Los Angeles riots, signed his book Twice Tested By Fire: A Memoir of Faith and Service after the event.
The Lakers also will have the No. 32 pick for the NBA draft June 23, as well as up to $60 million in cap space to spend on free agency beginning July 1. Neither option provides as much expected impact as a lottery pick.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who represented the franchise on the dais at a New York hotel on Tuesday, anticipated the worst-case scenario beforehand both to soften any potential disappointment and to improve the team’s karma.Fortunately for the Lakers, they experienced a much happier ending. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> After suffering countless losses that accounted for their worst season in franchise history, the Lakers still have managed to experience good fortune elsewhere.The Lakers ended with the No. 2 pick Tuesday in the NBA draft lottery, a selection they will not have to send to the Philadelphia 76ers for the second consecutive year.The Lakers could have kept the pick only if they landed in the top three, which had a 55.82 percent chance of happening based on having the second-worst NBA record this season.Had the Lakers not received a pick in the top three, they would have had to send it to the 76ers as part of the ill-fated Steve Nash trade with Phoenix in 2012. The Lakers also got lucky last year when they had the fourth-worst record and exceeded the odds by winning the No. 2 selection, despite holding only 12.6 percent chance of doing so.This year, the Lakers had a 18.8 percent chance of finishing with the No. 2 pick.That leaves the Lakers with a key asset they could use for various purposes.With the No. 2 pick, the Lakers are expected to choose whichever highly rated forward remains available, either LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram. The Lakers chose Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick last year.The Lakers also could use the pick as part of a trade presumably for an established veteran. Although the Lakers are intrigued with the potential of Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., the team’s inexperience contributed to its 21-61 record in the 2015-16 season.
Former national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.
Oregon Offers Guide To States Eyeing Potential Of Putting Medicaid Enrollees In Private Insurance In the last days of Georgia’s General Assembly, lawmakers eliminate cuts in Medicaid payments to providers, while the state’s Medicaid agency gives initial approval to a hospital fee. In Kansas, possible reductions in KanCare services draw advocates’ concern, and California’s Medi-Cal interpreters are pushed to unionize.Kaiser Health News: Oregon Shows Costs Of Putting Medicaid Enrollees In Private Coverage The Arkansas plan to expand Medicaid by paying for enrollees to buy private health insurance has been billed as a new option for states led by Republicans who are leery of the federal health overhaul. And it’s getting attention from Republican leaders in Florida and Ohio, among other states. However, the strategy is not new. Oregon has been using this model for more than a decade — with mixed results (Galewitz, 3/29).Georgia Health News: Legislating Health: The 2013 ResultsHealth care providers received good budgetary news Thursday, the final day of this year’s Georgia General Assembly. The agreement between the House and the Senate on fiscal 2014 (July 2013 through June 2014) eliminated cuts in payments for Medicaid services to dentists, nursing homes and other medical providers. Gov. Nathan Deal’s original budget proposed a 0.74 percent reduction for providers other than hospitals, hospices, primary care physicians, and some clinics (Miller, 3/28). Georgia Health News: State Agency Board OKs Hospital Provider FeeThe board of the state’s Medicaid agency gave initial approval Thursday to the hospital provider fee mechanism, paving the way for renewal of the current formula in July. The next step is for the Department of Community Health to submit the proposal to federal officials, who have 90 days to approve it. The current provider fee runs out June 30. The renewal is expected to fill a hole of nearly $500 million in the financially squeezed Medicaid budget. Legislation that sped through the General Assembly this year transferred decisions on the assessment from the Legislature itself to Community Health (Miller, 3/28).Kansas Health Institute: Advocates Raise Concerns Over Possible Reductions In KanCare ServicesThe head of an advocacy program for the disabled said he doubts the agency would be able to help many KanCare beneficiaries who protest cuts in the services they receive…Nichols said the center, which is federally funded, recently learned that its already stretched budget had been cut by 15 percent (Ranney, 3/28).Sacramento Bee: Lawmakers Push To Unionize, Regulate Medi-Cal InterpretersThousands of Medi-Cal medical interpreters would have the right to join a public employees union and collectively bargain with the state under a legislative push to regulate that profession. Assembly Speaker John A. Perez is leading the drive, fueled by a major public employees union and sparked in part by federal subsidies for Medi-Cal expansion as part of national health care changes. Perez’s Assembly Bill 1263 would create an oddity in which Medi-Cal interpreters would remain independent contractors but would pay dues to a public employees union for representation. They would be guaranteed at least $60 an hour (Sanders, 3/28). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.