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POSTED July 12, 2012 9:34 p.m.

 

STOCKTON RETIREES SUE TO STOP HEALTH BENEFIT CUTS: STOCKTON (AP) — Stockton city retirees are suing the bankrupt California city in an effort to stop cuts to their health benefits.

Stockton has told retirees that were promised lifelong health benefits that they must now begin paying their premiums of medical coverage will be canceled.

The federal Bankruptcy Court lawsuit filed in Sacramento on Wednesday seeks class-action status.

Stockton filed for Chapter 9 protection last month, making it the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy. The housing bust, unemployment, borrowing and pensions were blamed.

The Los Angeles Times says former Stockton City Manager Dwane Milnes has been widely criticized for giving retirees full retirement health care in return for agreements from unions not to seek raises.

The unfunded liability for those benefits is $417 million.

WILD POLICE SHOOTOUT IN STOCKTON LEAVES 1 DEAD: STOCKTON (AP) — Investigators are questioning several suspects and witnesses after a wild, late-night auto chase and shootout with Stockton police that left one person dead and another injured.

Stockton Police spokesman Joe Silva says it began at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when police responded to a woman suffering gunshots wounds when officers spotted a van matching witness descriptions as being involved. Silva says officers gave chase after the van refused to pull over and the suspects fired on and hit a pursuing patrol car. The 10-minute chase ended in a residential neighborhood, where Silva says several suspects emerged from the van and fired on police with an arsenal that included an assault rifle.

Police say Joseph Brooks died at the scene and Darold Jarvis was arrested after being treated for his injuries.

 

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