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DENVER | A voluntary 10-cent donation to help bring movie shoots to Colorado is a step closer to heading to theaters.
The bill passed unanimously on a voice vote. The original bill would have added a 10-cent fee to movie tickets, but the fee was made optional after some complained it was an unfair tax increase.
Doctors want minors barred from tan salons
CHICAGO | The American Academy of Pediatrics wants teenagers banned from tanning salons to reduce their risk of skin cancer.
More than 30 states regulate indoor tanning by minors, with some banning children younger than 14 or requiring parental permission. Illinois and New York are among states considering bills barring anyone younger than 18 from indoor tanning.
The academy’s stance is part of a policy statement appearing Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
Lead author Dr. Sophie Balk of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York said indoor tanning is popular among teenage girls. Some make getting a tan part of their senior prom ritual.
About 8,700 people died of melanoma last year, and about 68,130 melanomas were diagnosed. Evidence links indoor tanning with increased risk.
Firm fined for hiring illegals sued for bias
JACKSON | A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs.
A discrimination lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court on behalf of four black women claims the company gave preferential treatment to Hispanic applicants and workers, many of whom were illegal immigrants from Mexico. The lawsuit, which represents only one side of a legal argument, seeks class-action status.
Immigration agents detained nearly 600 illegal immigrants at Howard Industries‘ electrical-transformer plant in Laurel in 2008. It was the largest such raid in U.S. history. The company pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to violate immigration laws and was fined $2.5 million.
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