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Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground By LISA LEFF and DAVID KLEPPER

...poor into the middle class. Opponents warn higher wages will kill jobs and lead to higher prices. Sixteen states have passed laws barring local governments from setting their own minimum wage.Democrats, including presidential front-runner Hillary...
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Scouts' leader: Ban on gays not sustainable

...defied the ban on gay adults, but said this would be harmful to boys in those regionsHe also noted that many states have passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, raising the possibility of extensive legal battles...
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Safe? Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

...bicyclists as they drove on streets near the company's Silicon Valley headquarters.Nevada, Michigan and Florida have passed laws welcoming tests of self-driving cars onto their roads. Their regulators told AP they weren't aware of any reports...
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Empire Editorial: It's time for sustainable logging

...plan that was about to change drastically over the next few decades as federal agencies enacted tighter regulations and passed laws meant to protect national forest lands, but which ultimately drove the region's timber industry to near-extinction...
Students need better sports safety

...reported.Thirty-nine student athletes died in 2011 and 49 in 2010.The decline is in part because 43 states have passed laws that require a doctor's note before an athlete returns to play after a concussion injury.But while the total number...
Alaska nurses join effort to end mandatory overtime

...limiting mandatory overtime is playing out in states across the nation as well as in Congress. She said nine states have passed laws limiting the practice and another 23 have introduced their own legislation. A bill by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-California...
Murkowski pushes Alaska hire initiative, oil and gas, mining, seafood, forest products and tourism industries. The Alaska Legislature has passed laws in previous years to require companies to hire more in-state residents, but those laws have been struck down by courts...
Enough already

...real reason is that during the Great Depression, a time when many Americans feared losing their jobs, our ancestors passed laws making illegal those drugs used by recent immigrants, foreigners with strange habits and customs. Alcohol prohibition...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...dissuade them from abusing themselves ... we need to do something to curb it," said Kapsner, adding 24 states have passed laws addressing inhalant problems. Although her bill would make inhalant abuse a misdemeanor, Kapsner has reservations...
Outside editorial: Congress must enact protections for sex-trafficking victims

...trafficking and slavery. But victims need a level of service.During the George W. Bush administration, Congress passed laws three times to fight human trafficking and slavery. Bipartisanship on an important issue has now given way to Republican...


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