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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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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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Virginia's Own Tim Kaine Takes The Democratic Veepstakes

We consider Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine's regional ties and the pros and cons of his vice presidential candidacy as the DNC gets underway.

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Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL; as part of Verizon, Yahoo will join the same division AOL currently occupies.

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