Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday News Before Noon: Riverhead Walmart back on? Obama Official Slams NY Food Stamps

The UFCW yesterday joined in a lawsuit filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s recently passed immigration law, S.B. 1070. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Service Employees International Union and various civil rights organizations.  “We believe S.B. 1070 is unconstitutional, un-American and that it undermines our nation’s rich immigrant history. The law effectively legalizes racial profiling and sanctions harassment and discrimination. We are filing this suit to protect the rights of our members and all workers in the state of Arizona—and to uphold the values and ideals that make our nation strong.

Riverhead Walmart suit dismissed, plan back on track... {Newsday}
Riverhead Wal-Mart suit dismissed- Panel rules parties can't sue to block construction
A proposed Wal-Mart superstore in Riverhead is back on track, after a decision by an appellate division panel to throw out a lawsuit that had blocked the project.
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A USDA executive says the city and state policy of fingerprinting Food Stamp applicants cost too much and is ineffective.

Whole Foods and Hannaford Bros are seeking answers:
Should supermarkets use a single-queue checkout system like that seen at aiports and banks?

Eating Right and Big Investor Gains with Whole Foods Market
Lifestyles of Health and Sustainablility (LOHAS) Investors- Putting their money where their mouth is.  Moody's has boosted their rating.

Union: Safeway rejects pay raise for Wyo. workers
CASPER,Wyo.- The union representing Safeway workers at 10 Wyoming stores say the grocery chain has rejected to pay raise proposals.

One of Texas' best known and largest grocery chains is being challenged by Trader Joe's Co. in what could herald the West Coast grocer's entry into the state.

Price Chopper is joining the fight against Diabetes.

Earnings Preview:BJ'S Wholesale Club
BJ's, like other wholesale club chains, saw its popularity soar when the recession hit as budget-minded consumers shopped its stores for deals on food and other necessities. That popularity has continued, but shoppers are still staying away from nonessential purchases.

Layoffs for state workers remain unclear as budget snarl continues...
ALBANY-Gov.Paterson is, or is not, contemplating laying off thousands of state workers, depending on who is speaking for the administration

Former Penn Traffic Execs are sentenced....[SN]
Two former Penn Traffic executives who had pleaded guilty to artificially inflating the company's financial performance have been sentenced to 14 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York.

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