Regional Briefs – November 6, 2015

NYC’s Five District Attorneys Want a 32 Percent Raise

NEW YORK – NYC’s five DAs asked the commission on raises for a pay hike to $250,000 a year — up from the present $190,000 — and make it retroactive to 2011, the Daily News reported. They compared their salaries with private lawyers, who earn millions. A reply is expected by the end of the month.

NJ Changes Certification Requirements for Teachers

TRENTON – New Jersey’s education board on Wednesday changed requirements for teachers to be certified to include a full year of teaching — including at least one class of students with disabilities, The Associated Press reported. They called recent test results showing less than half of high school juniors ready for college a “call to action.”

Signed Lincoln Document Sells for $2.2M at Auction

NEW YORK – An autographed manuscript of President Abraham Lincoln’s famed second inaugural address written by the president just weeks before his 1865 assassination sold Wednesday for $2.2 million by Heritage Auctions, The Associated Press reported. It contains his famous phrase, “With malice toward none; with charity for all.”

Lawmakers to Create NYC Dept of Veterans Services

NEW YORK – The City Council is expected to pass landmark legislation making NYC the largest city in the nation with an agency solely dedicated to serving military veterans, The Associated Press reported. The bill essentially elevates the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs to the department level.

Vermont Man Arrested at JFK With Multiple Knives

NEW YORK – Port Authority police on Wednesday arrested a man at JFK Airport after screeners found multiple knives and a stun gun in his luggage, The Associated Press reported. Karma Tarchen, 43, of Vermont was arrested on criminal possession of a weapon charges.