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RAISE THE WAGE ACT

The federal minimum wage could more than double if house Democrats have their way.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and several other House members will gather in DC today to unveil the “raise the wage act.”

The group is proposing a $15 dollar per hour federal minimum wage – a move that aligns with their current efforts to reach the working class.

The current U.S. minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and hasn’t gone up since 2009.

R. KELLY RENTAL HOME

A judge granted the City of Chicago’s request to inspect property the rapper R. Kelly rents in Chicago’s near west side.

City lawyers allege the building is being used as a recording studio and residence – which is in violation of its building permits.

R. Kelly has come under scrutiny since the six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” aired on Lifetime.

In the documentary, multiple women accuse him of sexual misconduct and child pornography.

R. Kelly has denied the allegations.

TAX REFUNDS

The IRS is taking steps to make sure Americans get tax refunds despite the partial government shutdown.

On Tuesday, the IRS said it is recalling 36,000 additional federal employees to process refunds.

That will bring the total number of those working at the IRS during the government shutdown to more than 46,000, or about 57 percent of the workforce.  

And most of them won’t be paid.

Only about 800 federal employees in two specific areas of the agency will get their paychecks.

That’s because their operations are funded by user fees.

This year’s tax filing season begins on January 28th

MICROSOFT AND WALGREENS ARE JOINING FORCES TO TAKE ON AMAZON IN THE HEALTH CARE MARKET.

The two companies announced their partnership Tuesday.

Microsoft will become Walgreen’s new cloud provider.

The two companies said the partnership will help Walgreens gain personalized data about their customers’ health, and that will allow pharmacists to give better wellness solutions.

The companies will also work toward lowering health care costs.

The joint venture appears to be a clear attempt to counter Amazon’s growing clout in health care.

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