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Minnesota House passes minimum wage cut for tipped workers — including 8,000 women over 30

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The Minnesota state House this week passed a bill that would cut the minimum wage for thousands of restaurant workers who receive tips.

The Star Tribune reported that the measure passed by GOP-controlled state House on Wednesday was packed with rollbacks to appease the hospitality industry.

If the bill is signed into law, it would create a two-tiered minimum wage that critics referred to as a “tip penalty.” Restaurant owners would be able to pay employees a lower wage if they made at least $4 an hour in tips.

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Republican lawmakers said that they wanted to pass the law before the minimum wage rose to $9.50 an hour in 2016, arguing that it would force restaurants out of business.

But state Rep. Tim Mahoney (D) suggested that the measure was an attack on 8,000 women over 30 who had children and worked for tips.

“The message from this bill is that you’re making too much money,” he explained. “It wants to keep people making $12 per hour rather than making $14 or $15 an hour. If you tried living on $30,000 per year in this state, you’d understand that a couple of thousand dollars per year makes a huge difference.”

Another provision in the bill, would ban local municipalities and airports from raising the minimum wage above the state minimum wage.

“The bill also was packed with other controversial provisions, especially related to energy,” the Star Tribune reported. “It would end certain conservation and renewable-energy programs, including greenhouse-gas-reduction goals; repeal the moratorium on new nuclear plants, and rescind the ban on importation of coal-fired power.”

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‘His incompetence will cost lives’: Joe Biden goes after Trump on coronavirus in new 2020 campaign ad

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Former Vice President is continuing to campaign for president in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting America.

On Saturday, Biden went after Trump on the issue of coronavirus testing.

"Where are the tests, Mr. President?" Biden asked.

Biden followed up with an online video warning that lives will be needlessly lost.

"His failure will cost lives," the video says. "His downplaying will cost lives. His incompetence will cost lives."

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WATCH: Terrifying videos shows tornado striking Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Jonesboro, Arkansas was hit by a powerful tornado on Saturday.

Multiple people used their cell phones to capture video of the tornado.

Here are some of the videos of the tornado:

https://twitter.com/WeatherRick/status/1244034795212091392

https://twitter.com/NashWX/status/1244031918825517056

https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/status/1244023724984037384

https://twitter.com/WxZachary/status/1244042265313542148

https://twitter.com/weatherdak/status/1244026290228695040

https://twitter.com/WxZachary/status/1244024081034477568

https://twitter.com/Hvward/status/1244041534997245952

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BUSTED: Florida’s GOP governor illegally denied Miami Herald access to coronavirus briefing

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Gov. Ron DeSantis denied the Miami Herald access to a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing, the newspaper's Tallahassee Bureau Chief reported Saturday.

"Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to violate the state's public meeting laws and chose to exclude the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times from a media briefing at the Capitol," Mary Ellen Klas reported.

"His media staff told another reporter, NSF's Jim Turner, that if he insisted that we be allowed in, Turner would be kept out," she noted.

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