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• The Washington Times reports that later this week, Washington, DC, Mayor Vincent Gray will get on his desk a "living wage" bill would force certain retailers above a certain size to pay a "living wage" of $12.50/hour, above the minimum wage of $8.25.

Walmart has said that if the bill is signed into law, it will not build three of six planned stores there, and will consider its options for the other three.

Gray will have 10 days to sign or veto the legislation. He is under pressure from both sides - Gray is seen as an ally of union interests, but he also was part of the effort to attract box box retailers such as Walmart to DC.

• The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal appeals court has ruled that California's state-wide ban on the sale of foie gras, which is made through force feeding birds in a process that opponents say is cruel and inhumane, is constitutional.

The original ban want into effect in July 2012.

According to the story, "Out-of-state foie gras producers and a California restaurant group challenged the ban on the grounds it was unconstitutionally vague and regulated interstate commerce."

• The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Kroger has announced that it has "reached an agreement with more than 4,800 workers who are part of the UFCW Local 400," which "provides associates with wage increases, affordable health care and a stable pension fund."

• Cub Foods, a division of Supervalu, has announced that it is celebrating a major milestone this month - it is 45 years since "Cub Foods was founded by Stillwater-based brothers Charles and Jack Hooley, brother-in-law Robert Thueson, and friend and business partner Culver Davis, Jr.

According to the company, "throughout September, Cub will be giving away gift cards and other prizes totaling more than $100,000. Each day from Sept. 1 to Sept. 28 at each of Cub’s 67 stores, one customer will be awarded a surprise, instant-win $45 store gift card. Winners will be selected at random and notified daily between September 1st and September 28th. Cub also is inviting local residents to submit via Facebook a photo or video representing their favorite Cub moment or why they love Cub for a chance to win a year’s worth of free groceries valued at $4,500 in the form of Cub gift cards."
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