WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor has suspended new enrollment into one of the nation’s largest job-training programs for low-income youths, citing cost overruns that critics have blamed on mismanagement.
The Job Corps enrollment freeze could close the door on as many as 30,000 young adults struggling in a troubled economy and could cost about 10,000 staff jobs, according to the association that represents private operators for the program.
More than 70 members of Congress from both parties have written to the department requesting explanations for the program’s shortfall, which sources familiar with the budgeting process have pegged at $61.5 million. Two lawmakers have also complained to the White House.
Job Corps opened its first center in 1965.
Apparent suicide for country artist
Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country music charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.
The Cleburne County, Ark., Sheriff’s Office said McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday afternoon on the front porch of her home in Heber Springs with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In 1996, McCready’s Guys Do It All the Time hit No. 1. Her other hits included Ten Thousand Angels, also in 1996.
In 2010, she was hospitalized after police responded to an overdose callin North Fort Myers, Fla.. In 2004, she was charged with obtaining the painkiller OxyContin fraudulently at a pharmacy. She pleaded guilty and was placed on three years’ probation. McCready violated the probation with a drunken-driving arrest in May 2005. She attempted suicide in July 2005, overdosed in September 2005 and slit her wrists again in December 2008.
Exec fired after flight attack charge
A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job.
Joe Rickey Hundley, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group.
Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC, released a statement Sunday that called reports of an unnamed executive’s behavior offensive and disturbing and said he is no longer employed with the company. Hundley was charged with assault last week after he was accused of slapping a 2-year-old boy and calling him a racial slur during the Feb. 8 flight.