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Texas prosecutors tried multiple avenues to bring legal action against Walmart relating to the opioid crisis. The Trump Administration has so far blocked every one.

Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much. Read more»

Flanked by security, workers at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso prepare for the store to reopen on Thursday.

The Walmart where a gunman killed nearly two dozen people and shot dozens more in August is set to reopen on Thursday, setting off a wave of mixed emotions in a community still grieving. Read more»

The Walton Foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach for America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. Read more»

An AR-15 rifle is displayed at the seventh annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix, March 2013.

Walmart, the United States' top seller of guns and ammunition, said Wednesday it would stop selling the AR-15 and other semi-automatic rifles because of sluggish demand and focus instead on "hunting and sportsman firearms." Read more»

The Supreme Court’s decision on contraceptives and employer health plans could affect companies and workers far beyond Hobby Lobby and the other plaintiffs. But nobody seems to know how far. Read more»

The minimum wage is going up in 13 states on Jan. 1, including a 10-cent hike in Arizona, where the new rate will be $7.90 per hour. Read more» 1

City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Arizona Clean Elections ED Thomas Collins, Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma, TUSD Governing Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Read more»

Rosa Ramirez waits to be called for a job at the temp agency Staffing Network in Hanover Park, Ill., on Jan. 21, 2013.

In cities all across the country, workers stand on street corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lit beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Some vans are so packed that to get to work, people must squat on milk crates, sit on the laps of passengers they do not know or sometimes lie on the floor, the other workers’ feet on top of them. Read more»

In November 2011 Arizona said Amazon owed the state $53 million in uncollected sales taxes from March 1, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2010, according to the company’s most recent quarterly earnings report.

Cyber Monday might have meant savings to consumers, but it could very well mean lost money for the state of Arizona. A new report says Arizona will see approximately $708 million in sales taxes go uncollected on online and catalog purchases from businesses located outside the state. Read more» 1

Walmart workers staged a one-day strike in Seattle on Nov. 15.

I’m asking you to consider forgoing Walmart (and other big box stores) on Black Friday. And I like the idea of patronizing local businesses so much that I may just venture out to do some shopping in them this Friday, at a reasonable hour. Read more»

Airline pilots demonstrated at Occupy Wall Street in September.

It's no wonder that organized labor finds itself on the ropes in almost every respect these days. Labor has not only found itself buffeted by economic winds and relentless attack but also been forced to fight back with arms tied behind its metaphorical back. Read more» 3

Outside Schneider warehouses in Mira Loma, Calif.

A suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of dozens of warehouse workers charges three companies that handle Walmart goods with fraudulent pay practices. One worker said he was ordered to falsify employees’ time sheets to cheat them out of the minimum wage. Read more»

Shoppers crowd a Walmart in Porter Ranch, Calif., on Thursday. A woman used pepper spray on rival shoppers at the store.

In an annual orgy of shopping marred by the usual violence, Americans rushed into stores on Black Friday 2011 to take advantage of promotional deals at the start of the pre-Christmas shopping season. Read more» 1