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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - United States Department Of Labor
The Obama administration ordered employers Thursday to notify their workers if they plan to cut birth-control coverage from their health plans in the wake of the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision.
Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped in April to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent in March.
Employers in Connecticut added 2,200 jobs in April, helping to push down the unemployment rate to 6.9 percent as the state continues a modest job-recovery, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.
An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the Obama administration, claiming that new federal regulations to cut the amount of coal dust in coal mines are overly burdensome and costly to industry.
Since 1964, the Job Corps has spent millions of dollars providing education and vocational training to the nation's youth. And since 2011, federal employees and the students they're training have been using that money to pay for cellphone bills, trips to the hairdressers, clothing, electronics and other personal expenses.
The deputy director of the Department of Labor and Industry has been named the executive director of the state agency that manages its public pension systems.
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:
Washington state has ended a more than two-decade-old program that used prisoners to remove asbestos-containing material, a newspaper reported Monday.
Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, but the state's jobless rate remains one of the lowest in the nation, according to a state report released Friday.
Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline.
The state labor department says the unemployment rate was up slightly to 6.9 percent in March from 6.8 percent in February.
Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert approved positive performance evaluations for the agency's former chief unemployment appeals judge, records show, undermining her public claims that he was a poor manager who decided cases slowly.
The number of South Dakotans in nonfarm industries has grown very slightly since 2012.
Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert sought to favor employers over workers in unemployment benefits decisions, and then fired the department's chief judge when he opposed her efforts, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.