KJACK Radio News - March 5, 2019

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:00 am

I’m Catherine Rosales with KJACK News and these are your top headlines for Friday, March 5th. 

Recent storm cost NAU at least 100 thousand dollars in snow removal alone! The recent storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow on the Flagstaff area also caused a costly problem for Northern Arizona University. The so-called “Snowpocalypse” brought 40.8 inches of snow from February 20th through February 22nd, resulting in closures throughout Flagstaff including the NAU campus on two of those days. Employees worked anywhere from 10 to 15 hours during the storm, accumulating tens of thousands of dollars of overtime. Although NAU owns its own snow removal machinery, fuel and continued maintenance are also costly. The Ice Slicer, which drops a natural mineral mixture to melt ice, costs about $6,500 per load. Heavy storms can require up to six of these loads. Snow removal on campus also requires approximately 60 new snow shovels each year. 

 

Teachers in Oakland agree to end the strike with an approved contract  Oakland teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday after union members voted to approve a contract deal with district officials. The Oakland Education Association voted in favor of the deal on Sunday after postponing the vote for a day. The agreement must also be ratified by the Oakland Unified School District. The agreement was reached after 3,000 teachers went on strike February 21st, prompting seven days of marathon negotiations for higher pay, smaller classes and more school resources. The strike effectively cleared out the city’s 86 schools. Oakland teachers were the latest educators in the U.S. to strike over pay and classroom conditions. The union announced Friday that the teachers won everything they demanded. 

The weather today will be sunny and there is a 40 percent chance of rain tonight with a high of 58 degrees and a low of 35 degrees. Tomorrow there is a 50 percent chance of rain with a high of 55 degrees and a low of 35 degrees. Thursday, there is 20 percent chance of rain with a high of 55 degrees and a low of 31 degrees.  

Those were your top headlines, I’m Catherine Rosales with KJACK News.