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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First Drip (4/9/14): Proposed CMS budget includes raises, homelessness in Charlotte declines, more

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison proposed a $46 million increase to the school's budget, about $27 million of which would go toward bumping up employee pay. That raise would be in addition to whatever increase the General Assembly passes (if it passes anything).

A new report on homelessness in Charlotte has a mix of good and bad news. The good news is homelessness decreased by 17 percent between this year and last year. The bad news is homeless vets have increased, from about 120 to 157.

Twenty students at a Pennsylvania high schools were injured in a stabbing attack committed by a fellow student. "The students' conditions seem to be non-life threatening. It's important that parents realize the scene is contained, the students that are here are safe," said Dan Stevens, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Westmoreland County.

Medicare paid physicians about $64 billion in 2012; a small group of doctors received nearly $3 million a piece, and one received nearly $21 million. The stats are part of an Associated Press analysis of Medicare payouts, released by the Obama administration to encourage transparency. "About 1 in 4 of the top-paid doctors - 87 of them - practice in Florida, a state known both for high Medicare spending and widespread fraud. Rounding out the top five states were California with 38 doctors in the top group, New Jersey with 27, Texas with 23, and New York with 18."

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