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Oregon business tax greeted with confusion, consternation

Feb. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ross Stock has known since last spring that his softwood lumber mill in Toledo would be subject to Oregon’s new, $1 billion business tax. Nine months later, though, he still doesn’t know what it will cost him. The new corporate activity tax, which went into effect...

Bill to require bottled water to be chemical-free

Feb. 21, 2020 5:05 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bottle water companies may soon have to ensure their products meet the same standards as public drinking water in New Hampshire for a range of compounds. The move follows a scare last year in which high levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as...

Utility to pay $347,000 in Georgia coffee shop explosion

Feb. 18, 2020 5:49 PM EST

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A natural gas utility would pay $347,000 under a proposed settlement with Georgia regulators who found safety violations linked to a 2018 explosion that destroyed a coffee shop in a rural city. WALB-TV reports the Georgia Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the...

Entrepreneurs Kevin Hart, of Randolph, Mass., left, and Kobie Evans, of Boston, right, speak to reporters after attending a meeting of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Worcester, Mass. The commission voted in favor of licenses for a number of cannabis shops, including Pure Oasis, a soon to open pot shop in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood by Evans and Hart. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Green tea party? State licenses Boston's 1st marijuana shop

Feb. 6, 2020 5:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s first retail pot shop and Massachusetts’ first minority-owned marijuana business was approved Thursday, more than a year after the first shops opened elsewhere in the state. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday voted to give final license approval...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Feb. 5, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Feb. 4 The Somerset Commonwealth Journal on a Senate bill that would bring state childcare facilities in line with federal standards: We want to make sure our children are cared for properly. And for parents who have to use childcare facilities, that includes making...

Chicago accuses coffee shop of copying fire department logo

Jan. 31, 2020 3:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is suing a coffee company for trademark infringement, saying its logo is nearly identical to the symbol for the city's fire department. Fire Department Coffee's logo features the letters F, D and C, intertwined in a stylized monogram, just like the one for the Chicago...

Washington lawmakers seek to protect kids' lemonade stands

Jan. 23, 2020 3:41 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Local governments would be prohibited from interfering with kids who want to set up lemonade stands under bills being considered in the Washington House and Senate. Republican state Rep. Luanne Van Werven, sponsor of the House bill, said one of her constituents brought the issue of...

Man once hated ginger, now makes it into juice and sells it

Jan. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EST

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — At 15 years old, Tryg Jacobson found himself lying on a mountain in Haiti, with his first camera in his hand, looking up at his father wearing a straw hat. He snapped a photo. They were exploring. His dad, who went by Jake, loved people, Haitian art and exploration. "He always wore...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Belith Ariza, a barista trainer at Starbucks, opens the doors to the community meeting space at a local Starbucks Community Store, in Phoenix. The Seattle-based company plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. That will bring to 100 the total number of community stores Starbucks has opened since it announced the program in 2015. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Starbucks, home of the $4 latte, is moving into poor areas

Jan. 16, 2020 8:07 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Starbucks has a point to prove: There's more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people. The Seattle-based coffee giant that has cultivated a reputation for being socially responsible said Thursday it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops — and create more jobs...

Laura Maria de Almeida shows her home's water storage container, full of cloudy, smelly water, on her roof in the Complexo de Alemao slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020. De Almeida said cloudy water isn't unusual in her community, but police are investigating workers at a state utility after smelly tap water flowed into dozens of neighborhoods of the Brazilian city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

Rio police investigate utility, workers for malodorous water

Jan. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are investigating workers at a state utility after foul-smelling tap water began flowing into dozens of neighborhoods in the Brazilian city, raising health concerns and sparking a run on bottled water. Investigator Júlio Filho said police will question...