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U.S. corporations accuse Indiana and Arkansas of curbing gay rights

Wal-Mart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to change how it pays and trains hourly staff in a move it hopes will help reshape the image that it only offers dead-end jobs. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.


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U.S. corporations accuse Indiana and Arkansas of curbing gay rights

Wal-Mart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to change how it pays and trains hourly staff in a move it hopes will help reshape the image that it only offers dead-end jobs. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.


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U.S. House committee subpoenas two Secret Service agents over security incident

A House of Representatives committee subpoenaed two U.S. Secret Service agents on Tuesday after an incident this month when agents allegedly drove a car past White House barricades after drinking at a party. Republican Jason Chaffetz, head of the House...

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Kansas collected $11M less in taxes than expected this month

Kansas collected $11 million less in taxes than expected this month, and top Republican legislators acknowledged Tuesday that they'll be forced to consider larger tax increases than anticipated to balance ...

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Kansas collected $11M less in taxes than expected this month

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $11 million less in taxes than expected this month, and top Republican legislators acknowledged Tuesday that they'll be forced to consider larger tax increases than anticipated to balance the state budget.

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NY Gov. Cuomo bans some state-funded travel to Indiana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday banned nonessential, state-funded travel to Indiana over its religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The ban applies ...

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Gov. Wolf renews case for his agenda in Facebook session

Gov. Tom Wolf made his second official appearance on social media Tuesday at what was billed as a Facebook Town Hall but looked more like him being interviewed by an aide. Hundreds of written questions ...

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Christie administration says judge’s pension ruling is wrong

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration says a judge got it wrong when she ordered the state to put $1.6 billion more into public workers' pension funds. Christie's administration says ...

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Christie administration says judge’s pension ruling is wrong

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration says a judge got it wrong when she ordered the state to put $1.6 billion more into public workers' pension funds. Christie's administration says ...

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LePage pledges to fight for more drug enforcement agents

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that the "gloves are off" as he digs in for another fight with Democrats this year over his plan to increase the number of drug enforcement officials ...

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