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D.C. Council Approves 'Living Wage' Bill For Big-Box Stores

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The D.C. Council is giving preliminary approval to a bill that would require large retailers like Walmart and Target to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour. The bill was amended to apply only to stores doing business in spaces of 75,000 square feet or more. Before the amendment, it would have applied to companies with yearly sales exceeding $1 billion.

Worker advocates and labor unions backed the bill, saying employees of major chain stores should earn a "living wage." Walmart and other business groups oppose the bill. The city's minimum wage is $8.25 an hour.

Walmart has announced plans to open six stores in the city, and it wasn't immediately clear if the bill would affect those plans.

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Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

This year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says it's too soon to say whether the signal came from intelligent life-forms — but researchers are checking it out.

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