Sioux City may set Martin Luther King holiday

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The City Council is scheduled to discuss designating a city holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The discussion is planned for a Monday afternoon study session at City Hall.

The Sioux City Journal says (http://bit.ly/13knnlP) the Sioux City Chapter of the NAACP for 27 years has asked city leaders to recognize the slain civil rights leader’s birthday as a holiday. The county, state and federal governments already have done so.

The city recognizes from several holidays under which city workers get a paid day off, depending on union contracts.

City Manager Paul Eckert has said one option would be to stop designating Presidents Day as a paid holiday and instead close city offices on the King holiday, the third Monday in January.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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