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Recession roils county payrolls

As states slash support and stimulus dollars are funneled through targeted grants, local governments must simultaneously give pink slips to veteran employees and opportunities to fresh recruits.

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The recession's job roller coaster
Article | Audrey Hedgepesth was in the shampoo aisle at CVS when she got the phone call that changed her life. She had been hired as a Bladensburg police officer, the caller said, a position created by federal stimulus money. "I started dancing in the middle of the aisle," recalled a grinning Hedgepesth, 23.

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