Daily business briefing: Target to hire fewer holiday workers

September 20, 2013 

This holiday season may not be as merry for the nation's big-box retailers. Target has announced plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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New requirements from the Obama administration impose strict limits on pollution from new coal-fired power plants, which have been blamed for global warming. The new proposal steers away from a coal-dependent past to a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The House and Senate remain divided over food stamp policy as lawmakers try to pass a farm bill by the end of the year. The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in cuts annually to the almost $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. A Senate-passed farm bill would make around a tenth of the amount of those cuts, or $400 million a year. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Two days after stocks rallied amid the Federal Reserve's decision to keep its monetary stimulus program in place, the market is in decline. The low interest rate environment had proved a boon for stock markets, but by Friday the Dow Jones industrial futures fell 0.2 percent at 15,570. To find out more, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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