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Walmart Raises Wages to $9 an hour for 40 Percent of Its Employees

The retail giant will increase it’s starting pay for U.S. associates to $1.75 over federal minimum wage

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Walmart is often cited as the epitome of corporate greed, known for underpaying workers and slashing healthcare benefits in the name of maximizing profits. However, Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, has redeemed itself slightly in the eyes of some of its critics by announcing Thursday that starting in April it will raise employee pay to $9 an hour for its lowest paid U.S. workers—that’s $1.75 above the federal minimum wage.

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Social Security's 72,000 Checks to Dead People—Fact Checked

Why the big news about the Social Security checks sent to the dead and imprisoned isn't really big news at all.


Apparently nearly 72,000 Social Security checks went to dead people and another 17,000 went to people in prison last year, which makes for an attention-grabbing headline, right? Ours was inspired by a similar one over at 24/7 Wall St. And at Business Insider. And the Daily Beast. And the WSJ. And on and on and on.

The numbers seem to be very much true, according to a new report from the Social Security Administration about Economic Recovery Payments made in 2009. Indeed, almost 72,000 checks went to people who were dead by the time the check went to them, and another 17,000 or so went to people in prison.

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