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Obama to raise minimum wage for some federal contractors

Obama to raise minimum wage for some federal contractors

President Obama will sign an executive order that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for some federal contract workers, USA Today reports.

The increase will affect those federal contractors who sign on after Obama's order and will apply only to contract renewals if other terms of the agreement are changed, USA Today reports.

While it is expected that Tuesday's State of the Union speech from the president will emphasize his desire to work with Congress on legislation to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from its current $7.25 to $10.10, the executive action makes it clear that Obama is not afraid to use his presidential authority.

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‘School Choice NOW’

‘School Choice NOW’

The phrase "School Choice Now" will reverberate in Nashville on Tuesday (Jan. 28th) as multiple groups gather to send the message that "many children continue to be denied their civil right to a quality education."

Billed as the "School Choice NOW Celebration," the event will unfold at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville at noon. Memphis voices will be prominent, with Rep. John DeBerry (D-Memphis, Dist. 90) serving as master of ceremonies and the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), among the speakers.

SCLC Memphis is partnering with the Federation for Children to sponsor a free bus ride to the event. Boarding at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Southland Mall parking lot (Shelby Dr. and Elvis Presley Blvd.), the bus departs at 6 a.m. Lunch will be included.

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Target customers urged to take advantage of free credit monitoring

Target customers urged to take advantage of free credit monitoring

Tennessee Atty. Gen. Bob Cooper is urging all Tennessee residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retail company in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month.

"I strongly encourage any Target customers to take advantage of this offer, regardless of whether they've identified suspicious activity in their personal accounts," said Cooper. "Additionally, consumers should take the proactive steps of monitoring their bank account activity, and changing their PIN numbers and passwords."

Last month, Target reported a data breach in which the payment card information of approximately 40 million customers had been obtained by hackers. The stolen information included credit and debit card data and PIN (personal identification data) numbers. On Jan. 10th, Target revealed that the hackers also stole a second batch of data that included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people.

 

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Can this ‘do-nothing’ Congress pass a new Voting Rights Act?

Can this ‘do-nothing’ Congress pass a new Voting Rights Act?

A bipartisan group that includes Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) last week unveiled legislation that would rewrite the Voting Rights Act after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of it last year.

The bill would require four states to seek approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for any changes to their voting laws, creates a new formula to determine if states other than those four should also be required to "pre-clear" their voting provisions and in a nod to conservatives, generally exempts "voter ID" laws from federal scrutiny.

Can this actually be passed in a Congress divided by partisanship on nearly every issue? Here's a closer look:

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Nissan, FedEx Express set U.S. test for all-electric vehicle

Nissan, FedEx Express set U.S. test for all-electric vehicle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and Nissan announced Wednesday (Jan. 22) at the Washington Auto Show that the two companies will begin testing the Nissan e-NV200, a 100 percent electric compact cargo vehicle, under "real world conditions" in Washington, D.C.

The test marks the first time the vehicle will be running in North America. FedEx Express and Nissan have conducted similar e-NV200 tests with fleets in Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Brazil.

FedEx and Nissan have made clear their commitments to reducing the environmental impact of their operations worldwide.

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The President should attack out-of-control college costs

The President should attack out-of-control college costs

Seeking a reprieve from Republicans, Edward Snowden and the website that couldn't, President Obama and the first lady held a feel-good event to push the issue of expanding college opportunity. There were lots of smiles, bucket-loads of remarks on heavy policy lifts and the sense that the White House would do its best to guarantee no child—at least none of those lucky enough to graduate from high school—would be left behind.

"We've got philanthropists and business leaders here, we've got leaders of innovative non-for-profits, we've got college presidents—from state universities and historically black colleges to Ivy League universities and community colleges," said the president. "More than 100 colleges and 40 organizations are announcing new commitments to help more young people not only go to but graduate from college."

Yet, despite the presence of the nation's higher-education apparatus, the most important word of the nearly 45-minute conversation was mentioned only once: tuition.

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Florida House candidate calls for hanging of President

Florida House candidate calls for hanging of President

On the national day of reflection for Martin Luther King's birthday, an African-American Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 took to Twitter to demand that the president be hanged for war crimes, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"I'm past impeachment," Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. "It's time to arrest and hang him high."

Black, 31, used to be a street preacher in St. Louis before he moved to Florida in 2007. According to his campaign website, Black found politics around 2012 when he tried influencing the presidential primary, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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