In national news:

A federal judge has approved $53.8 million in settlements for 82 unionized cleanup workers who were made ill by exposure to toxic dust near the World Trade Center site. According to a Reuters report, the 82 workers are among about 1,000 that have sought compensation in federal court, usually the settlement amounts are not made public but were released in this case. Payouts to this group will average $656,119, and range from $25,000 to $1.45 million. They reflect such factors as injury severity, lost earnings, age and smoking history. One worker still has claims against two related defendants.

Read the full story from Reuters here.

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