Feb 23, 2021
RI Judge Restores Health Benefits to 54 Retired Officers
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has restored full health care benefits to over 50 Woonsocket Police retirees after finding that the city and its budget commission violated the Rhode Island Constitution by indefinitely requiring them to pay deductibles.
Judge Jeffrey Lanphear ruled in favor of officer Glen Hebert who challenged the commission’s authority to unilaterally cut health care benefits for retirees in 2013, the Providence Journal reported.
Edward Roy Jr., who represented the retirees, said that his clients are gratified that the court accepted their arguments. Roy said that places a dollar figure on what retirees are owed and said that it is being evaluated.
The health care cuts were implemented by the budget committee as an emergency measure to relieve strain on the cities financial woes.
Lanphear found that the emergency is no longer “immediately emerging” and that the “herculean efforts” by the city have improved its financial standing.
Lanphear ordered the city to repay all deductibles paid after July 1, 2017, and to restore all bargained-for rights.
Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt could not be reached immediately for comment.
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Two Atlantic City Police Officers Help Deliver Baby Girl Outside AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Two Atlantic City police officers were in the right place at the right time Saturday when they helped deliver a baby girl. Police say Officers Auttika Taing and Justin Peyton were at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center when a vehicle pulled behind them and the driver flagged them down for assistance.
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Police say Officer Taing safely removed the baby and removed the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck. Officers wrapped the baby in a jacket while medical personnel arrived and cut the umbilical cord.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Identify Jaleel Uqdah As Suspect Arrested In Rape At Center City Macys MORE NEWS: Legalizing Marijuana Gets First GOP Sponsor In Pennsylvania
And on Wednesday, Officers Taing and Peyton were reunited with the mother and her baby, who are both doing well.