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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally

Jun. 19, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted with abandon in launching his 2020 re-election campaign, overreached in excoriating his critics and promised progress on his border wall and health care that is improbable at best. In those respects, his latest campaign rally was much like any other by the...

WEDC determines Exact Sciences doesn't owe anything

Jun. 18, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's economic development agency has determined that Madison-based medical diagnostics firm Exact Sciences Corporation doesn't have to repay any tax credits, after the company pledged to return $61,000 for jobs created outside the state. The Wisconsin Economic Development...

France plans to change jobless benefits, unions to protest

Jun. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, as part of an overhaul of France's labor market that aims to boost the nation's economy. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said Tuesday that the changes were "tough,...

Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan

Jun. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with supporters...

Company plans to create up to 850 jobs in Jeffersonville

Jun. 17, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana officials say health care solutions provider PharmaCord will build an operations and call center in southern Indiana, creating up to 850 new jobs by the end of 2023. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the Louisville, Kentucky-based company will invest more than...

Businesses, watching economy, play it safe with hiring

Jun. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners, their eye on the economy, are playing it even safer when it comes to hiring. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce-MetLife survey released last week found that 28% of small businesses plan to increase their staffs in the next year, down slightly from 29% in the first quarter....

Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

Jun. 17, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade. Probably not quite yet, though. When the Fed issues a policy statement Wednesday and Powell holds a news conference, the...

Rocky Mount area set to welcome DMV staff

Jun. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and the Carolinas Gateway Partnership are going to roll out the red carpet for state Division of Motor Vehicles employees in response to the planned relocation of the agency's headquarters to the city. "We felt like once we got it secure,...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

USDA plan to move offices sparks concerns about research

Jun. 13, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri officials but intensifying critics' fears that research will suffer and be less accessible to federal policymakers....