SACRAMENTO

City restructures debt payments

A judge approved a plan Thursday that allows Stockton, Calif., to leave bankruptcy protection by eliminating more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching the city’s pension obligations. The ruling marked an end to Stockton’s Chapter 9 status, first sought in 2012. This year, Stockton will pay the California Public Employees’ Retirement System $42 million toward its pension costs, city spokeswoman Connie Cochran said. About $20 million will come from the general fund, a figure that amounts to 11 percent of the fund.

LAS VEGAS

Court calls dancers employees

In a ruling that could prove costly for Nevada strip clubs, the state Supreme Court said dancers at one Las Vegas club are employees, not independent contractors, and are entitled to be paid minimum wage. The unanimous ruling was issued in a class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 on behalf of dancers at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. It sends the case back to Clark County District Court for hearings to determine how much more than 6,600 current and former dancers at the club are owed. Attorney Mick Rusing represented the plaintiffs in the case. He said the amount could reach $40 million, including back wages, plus the return of “house fees” the dancers paid the club to be allowed to work.

WICHITA, KAN.

Plane crash kills 4

A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita. Three of the dead were inside a flight simulator in the building when the plane crashed into it at the city’s Mid-Continent Airport, and the fourth was found on the roof and is believed to be the pilot, Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said. Five others were injured in the crash, and one was in serious condition at a hospital, Blackwell said.

SALT LAKE CITY

5 deaths being investigated

Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren’t accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions. Jacob Strack said his family is struggling after learning from search warrants Wednesday that police found cups with a red liquid inside next to each of the bodies, some of which appeared to have been positioned after death. Empty packages of methadone and cold medicine were in the family’s trash. Relatives are working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Compiled from wire reports