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New York officials say an Illinois-based school bus company has returned nearly $292,000 in wages to underpaid employees across the upstate region.

Law enforcement officers across New York state are participating in a crackdown on motorists who illegally pass school buses when they're picking up or dropping off students.

State troopers, sheriff's deputies and local police officers are taking part Thursday in Operation Safe Stop. They'll be following behind school buses in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints.

Motorists caught passing stopped school buses will be issued tickets.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles says a school bus driver is facing a charge of negligent operation accusing him of drinking alcoholic beverages while transporting school children.

It's been a rough morning for many parents and their children in New York City, where about 8,000 school bus drivers and monitors have gone on strike — meaning about 152,000 students had to get to school some other way.

According to The New York Times: