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Wolf takes dim view of GOP's budget-balancing strategies

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:34pm
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf poured cold water on leading ideas from Republican lawmakers Wednesday to patch up the state's deficit-wracked finances as they wrestle with the state's biggest cash shortfall since the recession.
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The Latest: Senate panel approves sick pay compromise

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:34pm
The Latest on Rhode Island's debate over a paid sick leave mandate (all times local): 6 p.m.
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Bill to halt new solar rules in Maine could face gov's veto

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:15pm
A bill to halt new Maine solar regulations has received bipartisan support, but needs broader backing to survive the Republican governor's veto.
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Oklahoma officials, others dispute California climate claim

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:39pm
Officials from Oklahoma and several other states are asking California's insurance commissioner to stop pressing companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and divest from the coal industry, saying it only confuses consumers and unnecessarily brings politics into the insurance market.
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The Latest: Animal rights group says Tyson effort not enough

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:35pm
The Latest on Tyson Foods saying it is launching several initiatives to promote animal well-being: (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Animal rights groups say they are pleased that Tyson Foods wants to improve conditions at its farms but that the company's plans don't go far enough.
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Vermont senators reach deal on legal pot, but fate uncertain

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:27pm
Vermont Senate negotiators have reached a deal with the governor's office to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state, but the fate of the proposal still rests with Republicans in the House, a state senator said Wednesday.
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ETF Investors Don’t Have to Give Up Quality in Quest for Yield

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:23pm
Dividend growth stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have helped investors access quality market exposure with attractive yields as well. “With dividend growth strategies, you get quality companies that have delivered strong returns. You also get the potential for attractive effective yields,” according to a ProShares note. For example, the rate of dividend growth for…
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House debates contentious overhaul of Massachusetts pot law

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:22pm
The Massachusetts House debated a bill on Wednesday that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state's voters in November.
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Slow start to Illinois session called to solve budget fight

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:21pm
The first day of a costly special legislative session aimed at solving Illinois' unprecedented budget crisis got off to a slow start with both the House and Senate adjourning quickly Wednesday without making any substantive progress.
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield exits health care exchange

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:18pm
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield said Wednesday it is pulling out of the federal health care exchange in Wisconsin.
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American will change uniform maker after employee complaints

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:15pm
American Airlines will change uniform suppliers after employees complained the uniforms were causing reactions from hives to wheezing.
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School owner admits stealing $2.8M from veterans program

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:14pm
The owner of a New Jersey computer training center has admitted stealing $2.8 million from a program designed to help veterans find employment.
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How major US stock market indexes fared on Wednesday

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:42pm
Energy stocks dove again on Wednesday as oil dropped to its lowest price since last summer.
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US to issue more temporary worker visas this summer

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:40pm
The Homeland Security Department has decided to offer extra visas for temporary, seasonal workers, a department spokesman said Wednesday.
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Sao Paulo follows Rio's lead and cuts Carnival funds

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:38pm
Sao Paulo Mayor Joao Doria says Brazil's biggest city will slash public funding for the annual Carnival celebrations, following a similar step by Rio de Janeiro.
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Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline shutdown months away

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:27pm
A federal judge won't decide until later this year whether to shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline while federal officials conduct a more thorough environmental review.
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Mexico says existing auto jobs safe after Ford announcement

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:26pm
A state official in western Mexico says more than 3,400 jobs at a Ford assembly plant are safe following the company's announcement that it will shift planned production of its Focus to China.
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Dividend ETFs for a Stubbornly Low-Yield Environment

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:20pm
Despite expectations for a tighter monetary policy out of the Federal Reserve and rising interest rate outlook, fixed-income yields remain stubbornly low. Consequently, income-starved investors may turn back to high-yield dividend exchange traded funds to generate a little extra cash. Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes have steadily declined this year, even after the Fed…
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Court rejects MGM lawsuit as company competes with tribes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:17pm
MGM Resorts International lost another round Wednesday in a court fight aimed at giving it leverage against Native American tribes in Connecticut as they compete for casino customers.
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Wall Street Journal fires correspondent over ethics conflict

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:08pm
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in prospective commercial deals — including one involving arms sales to foreign governments — with an international businessman who was one of his key sources.
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