Scott Neuman http://wvtf.org en Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://wvtf.org/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20065 at http://wvtf.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://wvtf.org/post/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.<p>The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the <a href="http://house.legis.state.la.us/">Louisiana House of Representatives</a> voted 8-5 last week to forward <a href="http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=877881&n=HB503%20Original">a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book</a>. It's a symbolic designation similar to choosing a state bird or state flower. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20055 at http://wvtf.org Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://wvtf.org/post/judge-overturns-north-dakotas-strict-abortion-law A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."<p>The law, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/15/174453025/north-dakota-legislature-oks-bill-banning-abortions-after-heartbeat-is-found">passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago</a>, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.<p>U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, cited the 1973 <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision by the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20056 at http://wvtf.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://wvtf.org/post/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-39 The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-usa-mudslide-washingtonstate-idUSBREA3F07920140416">has risen to 39</a>, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.<p>Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.<p>Last week, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20050 at http://wvtf.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed http://wvtf.org/post/abu-ghraib-prison-temporarily-closed-over-security-concerns Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of a 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20044 at http://wvtf.org Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed