Top US News: Measure To Increase California’s Minimum Wage Listed On Nov Ballot, Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Pleads Not Guilty, & More
Measure to increase California’s minimum wage listed on November ballot
One of the proposals listed on the upcoming November ballot is the raising of California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. As reported by Reuters, more than six years have gone without wages increasing from $7.25 an hour.
As many as 400,000 signatures required to have the Fair Wage Act of 2016 on the ballot have been received by Labor group coalition Lift Up California. According to the proposal, the raise would see an escalation to $11 an hour by 2017, and an increase of a dollar each year until 2021.
Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland pleads not guilty
Brian Encinia, the former Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying on the arrest report of the incident. According to the Huffington Post, Encinia allegedly made incorrect statements in the arrest report. This month, he was sacked for his conduct that caused tension, subsequently, leading to Bland’s suicide in prison. She was found dead three days after her arrest, a trash bag tied around her neck.
Hulk Hogan ‘relieved’ after jury gives verdict in his favor
After Hulk Hogan won the case against Gawker Media, the professional wrestler said he was “relieved.” The case involved the posting of a secretly recorded tape of Hogan having sex with his best friend’s wife.
“I was relieved that people actually finally believe me,” Hogan said. “So many people thought I was making a sex tape to sell as entertainment.”
In Hogan’s legal victory, he was awarded $115 million and another $25 million in punitive damages, according to Entertainment Online.
Search for car that plunged into Ohio River delayed
The search for a car that plunged off a bridge into the Ohio River has been delayed due to rough conditions. The accident involved a pile up on the Combs-Hehl Bridge between Kentucky and Cincinnati last Tuesday. Citing safety concerns caused by rising water levels, the search was suspended last week, Chron.com reports. Divers will resume the search Thursday or Friday, according to the screws.
California family files appeal to keep custody of Native American daughter
In a fight to retain custody of their 6-year-old foster daughter who shares Native American blood, the California family appealed to the state’s highest court. The move comes after a lower court ruled that the girl, Lexi, who is 1/64 Native American, is required to live with her relatives, FOX News reports.
The request for California Supreme Court to hear the appeal was filed by Lori Alvino Mcgill, the family’s lawyer. McGill also asked that Lexi be returned to the parents’ custody until the decision.