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As tax changes loom, farmers worry about the next generation

Jun. 19, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Michael Kovach got into the farming business 13 years ago with the purchase of a 107-acre farm in Mercer County after retiring from the oil and gas industry at 39. “I’ve worked too hard on this piece of ground to really even consider the...

Top US health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited a mobile vaccine clinic near Denver on Friday to promote COVID-19 shots among underserved communities of color that have some of the nation's lowest vaccination rates. He also met with...

UK retail sales dip as lockdown easing allows socializing

Jun. 18, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Retail sales in Britain slipped back in May as people ventured out to spend money at restaurants and pubs following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, official figures showed Friday. The Office of National Statistics found that retail sales...

Georgia Power seeks $235M boost to pay for nuclear plant

Jun. 17, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as the utility seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer...

State pays $250,000 to settle prison rape whistleblower case

Jun. 15, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections will pay $250,000 to settle claims from a guard who claimed he was retaliated against after reporting rape allegations at Montana Women's Prison. Daniel Root claimed he was passed over twice for a promotion after...

Council OKs bill requiring delivery app/restaurant deals

Jun. 15, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has approved a law that will require meal-delivery apps to sign agreements with restaurants instead of listing restaurants on the apps and taking orders without permission. Council President M. Lorena González, who sponsored the...

Ikea fined $1.3 million over spying campaign in France

Jun. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — A French court ordered home furnishings giant Ikea to pay some 1.1 million euros ($1.3 million) in fines and damages Tuesday over a campaign to spy on union representatives, employees and some unhappy customers in France. Two former Ikea France...

Millennial Money: It’s time for better employee benefits

Jun. 15, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

Vaccination rates are climbing and employers are rolling out back-to-office, back-to-normal plans. But some employees may want a new normal — one that includes flexible scheduling and benefits that align with their needs and values. “Expectations have changed. They...

Report says technology kept 2020 census below expected cost

Jun. 14, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

The 2020 census is expected to cost $14.2 billion, well below a previous estimate of $15.6 billion, reflecting a slowdown in the price tag for the nation's head count thanks to technological innovations, according to a new watchdog report released Monday. The lower cost...

Utility's green energy plan fuels debate in Kansas, Missouri

Jun. 14, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest electric company expects to make its first big investments in solar energy over the next three years and promises zero net carbon emissions in 2045. Environmentalists don’t think Evergy is moving quickly enough. Conversely, other...