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California unemployment rate slightly increases in March

Apr. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate edged up slightly in March even as the state continued adding jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The rate increased a tenth of a percentage point over February, to 4.3 percent, and is back where it was a year ago. The...

AP: Failures caused toxic gas leak at Iowa police academy

Apr. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling state dormitory caused a toxic gas leak at an Iowa police academy that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed some of them, a workplace safety investigation concluded. At least three recruits were poisoned by potentially...

Maine laboratory hires more people, increases starting wage

Apr. 19, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A laboratory company in Maine plans to hire 300 new workers and to increase its base wages over the next year. Jackson Laboratory announced Wednesday that it will hire 35 to 40 people at their mouse-breeding facility in Ellsworth, and more than 200 people at their campus in Bar...

Montana passes firefighter workers' compensation law

Apr. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill to make it easier for firefighters to receive workers' compensation for cancer and other occupational diseases. The bill signing ends a 20-year fight for firefighters' workers' compensation claims to be presumed valid if they've served a certain...

California company to pay back wages in Colorado, Tennessee

Apr. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a California-based vaccine distributor is paying $1.6 million in back wages and benefits to 515 workers in Colorado and Tennessee. The U.S. Department of Labor says McKesson Specialty Distribution contacted the department's Wage and Hour Division to report infractions at...

Correction: MBTA Retirees story

Apr. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a story April 16 about benefits to retirees of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, The Associated Press erroneously reported on benefits that had been in place until 2009. Retirees were eligible for health insurance; they did not receive free health care. A corrected version of...

Affirmative action initiative reaches Washington Legislature

Apr. 18, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An initiative that would bring affirmative action back to Washington state arrived at the Legislature Thursday, where supporters and critics alike invoked American ideals including opportunity and equality during a lengthy public hearing. The initiative, I-1000, would allow the state...

Economic agency's hiring of DFL operative raises questions

Apr. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he'll tighten hiring rules after a prominent Iron Range Democrat was hired for a civil service job without going through the normal hiring process. Walz's move comes after Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, was fast-tracked for a job at the Iron Range...

Montana Legislature passes Medicaid expansion bill

Apr. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House passed a bill Thursday to continue for another six years a program that provides health care for about 96,000 low-income residents. The Medicaid expansion bill passed 61-35, just hours after the House accepted Senate amendments. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said he...

Rabbis: 'Not kosher' to buy at grocery store during strike

Apr. 18, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community. A number of rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have...