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Report: California sues Whole Foods for pesticide sales

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is reportedly suing Whole Foods Market, Inc. for selling four pesticide products that allegedly fail to comply with state regulations.

An Associated Press report says the suit, filed Monday, Sept. 9 in Sacramento Superior Court, requests a court order to force Whole Foods to explain why it is selling the pesticides in question. If the court determines the pesticides are banned in California, the state could potentially fine the retailer.

The pesticide products listed in the suit are Natural Pines Pellet Cat Litter; Purely Botanical Cat Flea Spray; Purely Botanical Dog Flea Spray and Enviroman Bugs R Done Bugspray. Whole Foods declined to comment in the article.

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Survey: U.S. consumers dislike Internet sales tax

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – The American people overwhelmingly oppose new legislation that lets states force tax collection obligations on Internet purchases made from businesses outside their borders.

A new Mercury Poll of 1,000 likely U.S, voters commissioned by National Taxpayers Union (NTU) reported that by a 57%-35% margin, Americans opposed changes to Internet sales tax policies. When respondents were informed "the proposed legislation would allow tax enforcement agents from one state to collect taxes from online retailers based in a different state," and that it would entail new tax collection obligations for businesses, the margins against it swung to 70% and 69%, respectively.

"The overwhelming results of our survey send an unmistakable message: nobody likes this federal Internet sales tax scheme," said NTU executive VP Pete Sepp. "Not to be lost in these intriguing results is the opportunity for fiscal conservatives to reach out to swing groups like young voters, women, and independents."

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Dick’s Sporting Goods opens El Paso store Sept. 20

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pittsburgh – Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. will open a new store in El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 20.

The El Paso location at The Fountains of Farah will be the retailer’s 20th store in the state of Texas and its 532nd nationwide. The new store will feature more than 40 in-store services performed by Dick’s certified pros.

"We look forward to opening our new Dick’S Sporting Goods in El Paso, becoming part of the community and serving athletes of all ages by providing them the equipment they need to excel," said Lauren Hobart, senior VP and chief marketing officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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