Dallas Set to Pay $173M in Settlement for Decades-Old Police, Firefighter Pay Lawsuits - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Set to Pay $173M in Settlement for Decades-Old Police, Firefighter Pay Lawsuits

"It's been 24 years. It's time for it to be over."

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    Dallas Set to Pay $173M in Settlement for Decades-Old Police, Firefighter Pay Lawsuits
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    An executive committee representing nearly 8,700 current and former Dallas police officers and firefighters has agreed to a $173.3 million settlement in their decades-old class-action lawsuits against City Hall over years of back pay claims.

    The figure is currently just an agreed-upon price that comes with caveats because it's not yet a done deal. But the agreement in such a massive case is a significant milestone -- one that, while pricey, comes without a tax increase and that would remove the biggest fiscal threat hanging over local government.

    "If and when it comes to pass, it will be a historic day for the city of Dallas. It's been 24 years. It's time for it to be over," said Ted Lyon, who represents the public safety workers. "It's important for the city and all the firefighters and police offices to put this behind them and move forward constructively."

    Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)

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