Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Altered bill will aid VA, senator says

The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee has released details of a refashioned bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans' health care system.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., posted a draft of his bill Sunday and said it would be introduced this week.

The bill has several new provisions aimed at fixing the long delays for veterans' care. The long-simmering issue erupted into a scandal in April and led to last week's resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Sanders' bill would allow veterans to seek care outside the VA if they face long delays, authorize ways to hire and to attract new doctors and nurses to the VA and gives the department authority to fire poor-performing executives.

An earlier version was sidetracked in February.

Strike averted at downtown Las Vegas casinos * A strike at downtown Las Vegas casinos was averted as union negotiators reached settlements with several properties only hours before workers were scheduled to walk off their jobs.

The culinary and bartender unions announced Sunday that they struck a tentative five-year deal with the Golden Gate and will not picket there as planned. On Saturday, the unions announced similar deals with four other downtown casinos: Four Queens, Binion's, Plaza and Las Vegas Club.

Big-name casino operators on the Las Vegas Strip, including MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Tropicana, Riviera, Treasure Island and Stratosphere, previously reached new five-year deals with the unions.

Deadly boat accident on Lake Michigan * A woman on a boat that capsized miles from Chicago's shoreline has died after being pulled from Lake Michigan, and the U.S. Coast Guard says crews are searching for as many as four other people.

The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed the woman's death Sunday afternoon, but had no other details. …

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