WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted to fill all five seats on the National Labor Relations Board. And it’s getting ready to consider President Barack Obama’s picks for top diplomatic and law enforcement posts as senators whittle down a pile of stalled nominations.
Senators used a near party-line vote Tuesday to confirm Democrat Kent Hirozawa to the NLRB, which helps resolve labor disputes. It then approved four more NLRB nominees, two Democrats and two Republicans.
Tuesday’s votes covered the last of the seven nominees whose confirmations were part of a bipartisan deal earlier this month. As part of the deal, some Republicans agreed to end stalling tactics.
Parasite outbreak linked to salad mix
Iowa and Nebraska health officials say a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states.
Public health officials from both states announced their findings Tuesday. Outbreaks of the same illness have been reported elsewhere in the U.S., but it’s not clear whether prepackaged salad mix is also linked to those.
Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.
Nebraska officials say the salad mix came through national distribution channels. It included iceberg and romaine lettuce, along with red cabbage and carrots.
Local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify exactly where the contamination originated in the food production chain and where the product was distributed.
3 to stand trial in Penn State scandal
Penn State’s ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz and ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley, District Judge William Wenner concluded.
Wenner called it “a tragic day for Penn State University.”
The men engaged in a “conspiracy of silence,” the lead state prosecutor, Bruce Beemer, said during his closing argument.
Charlie White sues vote-fraud lawyer
A former Marion County prosecutor being sued for legal malpractice by former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White says he was expecting the lawsuit.
Carl Brizzi said Tuesday that White asked him to sign an affidavit saying the terminal cancer of Brizzi’s mother was a distraction during White’s vote fraud trial last year. She died in May 2012.
Brizzi refused, saying the illness did not interfere with the trial.
White claims Brizzi wasn’t adequately prepared and was ignorant of several areas of law leading up to White’s February 2012 trial. A Hamilton County jury convicted White after Brizzi didn’t call any witnesses.
Car hits day care; 3 children hurt
A car came crashing into a Kansas City, Mo., day care center Tuesday when a sport utility vehicle rear-ended a parked Cadillac, injuring the SUV’s driver and three children, police said.
The Cadillac was parked and had no driver when the Range Rover rear-ended it, pushing it into the day care and trapping two children under the Cadillac. The three children were being treated for mild to moderate injuries, Children’s Mercy spokeswoman Jessica Salazar said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.