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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Reaches Deal with Public Employees Union

by Associated Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio.

nycmayorsoffice, Flickr

Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a new labor contract for New York City's largest municipal union.

   District Council 37, which represents more than 100,000 city workers, agreed to a new contract on Wednesday which includes 10 percent raises over seven years.

   That falls in line with a pattern of raises established by the new teachers' union contract agreed to in May.

NYC Health Officials Work to Guard Against Heat Illness

by Associated Press
Washington Square Park Fountain.

Maxually, Flickr

New York City officials are urging residents to guard against heat-related illness as the summer moves into full swing.

   The National Weather Service is predicting a high around 93 on Wednesday.

   The Health Department says more than 80 percent of heat stroke deaths in recent years involved victims who were in homes without air conditioning.

   Health Commissioner Mary Bassett and Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito are calling for New Yorkers to check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors.

Deadline Arrives for New York Casino Applications

by Associated Press
Casino.

Markus Ortner, Flickr 

Forget fax machines or email attachments - developers hoping to build casinos in New York state are using boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators.

   Monday afternoon is the deadline for applications for one of up to four upstate casino licenses expected to be awarded this fall.

   Contenders include local investors and international gambling companies. The applications are detailed and long, with multiple copies required.

NYC Jails Neglected Suicide Precautions

by Associated Press
Riker's Island.

Colin Mutchler, Flickr 

In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24-hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was "thinking about killing himself."

   Another inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent in a solitary-confinement cell after repeatedly telling guards he was suicidal. The last time he said so, one of them replied, "If you have the balls, go ahead and do it."

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