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Is the correction over?

After a rough start to the year, are U.S. stock indexes back on track, meaning the correction over? On Thursday, Jan. 23, the stock market began its descent from nearly record-high levels. January's "flash" manufacturing PMI reports from Markit Economics revealed some uncomfortable data. In the United States, the flash Manufacturing PMI reading fell to 53.7 from December's 55.0, for the first decline since October. The big shock came when the HSBC Flash China Manufacturing PMI for January dropped into the range of contraction, hitting a...
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As CA Legislature chooses new leaders, many downplay north-south balance

As California lawmakers move to elevate new leaders in both houses of the state Legislature, those monitoring the vote are questioning whether geography really is destiny. Custom and tradition matter in Sacramento, as does apportionment of power. Lawmakers have for years accommodated the state’s vast landmass and far-flung population by having the leader of one house from the north, the other from the south. Read more
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Washington State leads efforts to replace toxic chemicals in products

OLYMPIA – In an effort to reduce toxic chemicals in products, Washington state helped publish a guide for companies interested in finding safer alternatives to potentially harmful chemicals. Read more Washington partnered with eight other states through Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) to develop the voluntary guide. The guide provides technical assistance to companies that want to reduce or eliminate their use of toxic chemicals. "This is an important tool that will help companies identify safer materials," said Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon. "We commend...
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