: News

Md. Wants Wal-Mart To Pay Fair Wages

Play associated audio

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore was the first city in the nation to require businesses with city contracts to pay workers a so-called living wage.

This week efforts are underway to apply that law to Walmart, which wants to open a store in the city.

Matthew Weinstein works for the pro-labor group Progressive Maryland.

The way Weinstein sees it, Walmart has saturated the suburbs, and needs new stores in cities in order to grow: "And they can have a crack at it if they will abide by the community standards that we are fighting for," he says.

This week, Weinstein will lobby the Baltimore Planning Commission to make zoning approval for a retail site contingent on a living-wage agreement.

If Walmart wants to build on the site, it would have to pay workers close to $11 an hour.

Weinstein says that would boost the purchasing power of Baltimore citizens.

Opponents say it will keep new businesses away.

NPR

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
NPR

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

NPR

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.