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Kansas lawmakers seek swift action to boost pay at prisons

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:15:20 -0400

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators from both parties called Friday for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to quickly increase pay for corrections officers at state prisons, arguing that a dangerous safety crisis is looming.

Staffing shortages and the potential for inmate unrest are serious enough that pay raises to ...

Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

It's a trend that's particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. ...

The future of patent protections

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:20:21 -0400


What do microwaves, hair dryers, electric guitars, airplanes, pocket lighters, and sewing machines all have in common?

If you answered that they are all patented inventions that improved Americans' lives, in one way or another, you would be exactly right.

American innovation is at a crossroads today — and ...

QB Palmer feels strong after limiting offseason throws

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:34:53 -0400

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - For the first time in his career, Carson Palmer abandoned his usual pattern and didn't throw at all for several months.

The 37-year-old quarterback says the results are obvious as he begins his fifth training camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

"It's hard to explain. You just ...

Jared Kushner lists 77 previously undisclosed assets worth $10 million in latest financial filing

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:36:33 -0400

President Trump's son-in-law, senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, "inadvertently omitted" more than $10 million worth of assets on prior financial disclosure filings, his legal team said Friday.

Mr. Kushner's attorneys filed updated paperwork on behalf of their client Friday listing 77 previously undisclosed assets worth roughly $10.6 million, including ...

New Jersey raises age for tobacco sales to 21, joining California and Hawaii

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:45:47 -0400

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday banning the sale of tobacco products in New Jersey to anyone under the age of 21.

The Garden State will become the third in the nation to limit tobacco sales to individuals 21 and up when the law takes effect November 1, at ...

Oklahoma unemployment remains steady in June at 4.3 percent

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:25:16 -0400

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent in June, slightly better than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's unemployment rate has been steady at 4.3 percent since March. Oklahoma's unemployment rate was 5 percent in June ...

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau arbitration

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:06:48 -0400

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's (CFPB) anti-arbitration rule to facilitate expensive class action litigation to resolve consumer finance disputes in lead-footed courts is like a doctor recommending Chocolate Sundaes to treat obesity.

After March 2018, the CFPB rule would prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer finance contracts that would preclude ...

Millennials want small business careers: study

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:09:07 -0400

More millennials are aspiring to become small business owners despite the generation's well-known distrust of establishments, a noted public opinion analyst says.

Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the number of millennials wanting to become small business owners has increased by about 5 percent since ...

Photos from the field: Wildlife and Fisheries pix at library

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:24:23 -0400

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Biologists and other employees of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries go out all over the state, and often come back with photographs of things most state residents may never see.

Dozens of those pictures are being shown on the first and second floors ...

Nevada marijuana dispensaries make millions in first few days

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:01:21 -0400

The state of Nevada stands to make about a million dollars in tax revenue from just the first few days of retail marijuana sales, according to preliminary sales figures announced Wednesday by the Nevada Dispensary Association.

Nevadans voted last November to legalize marijuana, and state regulators had authorized a total ...

Hundreds line up outside Nevada marijuana dispensaries for first day of retail weed sales

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:30:48 -0400

The former mayor of Las Vegas and a current state senator were among the first Nevadans to legally purchase recreational marijuana on Saturday as the Silver State became the fifth in the nation where adults can legally buy weed without a doctor's recommendation.

A total of 44 dispensaries were authorized ...

Study: Most of women's college coaches are white and male

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:32:57 -0400

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, women and people of color remain on the outside when it comes to hiring head coaches in women's college sports, according to a report Friday by sports institutes.

The report found that the coaches hired were predominantly white and ...

Uber CEO to take leave as ride-hailing giant faces sexual harassment crisis

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:28:07 -0400

Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence following a report issued to employees Tuesday that recommended, among other things, a thorough review of his record running the company.

The report is the result of a high-profile, monthslong investigation led in part by former U.S. Attorney ...

McDermott staying at Creighton, not taking job at Ohio State

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:07:52 -0400

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Creighton coach Greg McDermott says he is staying with the Bluejays after a report he was offered the job at Ohio State.

ESPN first reported Wednesday night that McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday and was offered the job, which opened Monday when Thad ...

Senate votes to require that students be told in-demand jobs

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:46:35 -0400

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Middle school students would receive information about in-demand jobs in skilled trades and other industries under legislation advancing in Michigan.

The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to require schools to give seventh- or eighth-graders the most recent analysis of in-demand occupations in their region as part ...

Too-good-to-be-true pensions face massive shortfall

Mon, 29 May 2017 19:17:06 -0400


Safe and secure — that's what defined benefit pensions are supposed to be.

For many Americans, defined benefit pensions have been a dream come true. After a few decades of labor, they've retired in their 50s or early 60s with a comfortable pension income for life.

But that dream ...

Kentucky scholarship covers tuition for high-demand fields

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:55:57 -0400

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - The state of Kentucky has created a new scholarship for its residents to fill skilled jobs in high demand.

The News-Enterprise reports ( ) that Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced the Work Ready Scholarship on Wednesday for qualifying residents entering programs in ...

Ukraine blocks social networking sites with new sanctions against Russia

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:24:36 -0400

The president of Ukraine banned four of the nation's most popular websites Monday with a new round of sanctions targeting Russia over its 2014 annexation of Crimea and subsequent aggression.

President Petro Poroshenko issued a decree Monday evening broadening anti-Russian sanctions and expanding Kiev's blacklist to 468 companies and 1,228 ...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should appeal BMI music case

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:50:29 -0400


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been lobbied furiously by music industry behemoths to refrain from appealing a wayward decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in United States of America v. BMI (September 16, 2016). It threatens ready public access to popular copyrighted ...