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Royal wedding plans put homeless in the spotlight

Compassion | Opponents blast a town councillor for wanting to solve the problem
by Rob Holmes
Posted 1/17/18, 03:34 pm

A British town councillor incited outrage for his supposed intolerance of homeless people when he advocated cleaning up the streets of Windsor, England, ahead of Prince Harry’s May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle.

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Citing tax cuts, Walmart raises wages

by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/11/18, 11:14 am

Walmart announced Thursday it would raise employee wages and give them bonuses this year, citing the Republican tax overhaul package as the reason. Starting next month, Walmart plans to increase the starting hourly wage from $9 to $11. The retailer also announced it would dole out one-time cash bonuses of up to $1,000 based on years worked at the company. All told, Walmart plans to give out $400 million this year in employee bonuses.

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Homeschoolers get a lump of coal from Congress

Education | Last-minute tax bill changes dashed hopes for tax relief for homeschool education expenses
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/03/18, 02:33 pm

The tax system overhaul passed just before Christmas hit an unexpected bump just hours after House lawmakers finished celebrating their historic vote. Several items ran afoul of Senate procedural rules and had to be pulled from the bill before final approval. One of those directly affected homeschooling families.

Under the bill, lawmakers expanded 529 educational savings accounts to include private K-12 schooling. They also attempted to include homeschool expenses, a tax benefit the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has lobbied for since 2000.

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