Walker signs right-to-work law
Gov. Scott Walker signed into law yesterday a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees. Walker, a likely presidential candidate, signed the right-to-work bill for private-sector workers at an invitation-only ceremony at Badger Meter, north of Milwaukee. The company's president was one of the few business owners to publicly support the measure. "By signing Right to Work into law, Gov. Walker continues his crusade on the hardworking, middle-class families of Wisconsin," said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
ALABAMANew march, old target: Vote rights
Dozens set out across the Edmund Pettus Bridge yesterday to walk to the Alabama Capitol, saying the voting rights won by blood in Selma 50 years ago are under threat. The 54-mile trek to Montgomery is recreated every five years, but organizers say this year is particularly important. They called for the restoration of the pre-clearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, in a case arising out of Alabama, struck down the formula that determined which states had to get permission from the Justice Department before changing voting laws. "The heart of it has been taken out," Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele, 68, said.
'Suge' Knight hearing sees video
New video graphically depicts former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight running over two men with his pickup truck, but leaves questions about an attack that he says forced him to speed away. Footage from a Compton fast food restaurant shows a man getting knocked down as the pickup reverses. The truck then speeds forward, running over the fallen man and a second man. An attorney for Knight says the video shows that the men attacked his client before the January encounter and that it will help his defense against murder and attempted murder charges. Knight, 49, did not speak at yesterday's hearing.