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Federal court upholds mayor's pension overhaul
Federal court upholds mayor's pension overhaul

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's overhaul of Baltimore's police and fire pension system, but left open avenues for the unions to keep fighting. "I'm certainly pleased with the court's ruling," Rawlings-Blake said of the decision. City officials say it cut about $400 million in pension costs by reducing benefits, raising the retirement age and requiring higher contributions from workers. "It was not something any of us wanted to do," the mayor said. "We had to take some very dramatic action because of the fiscal conditions of the city." The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.,...