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Looking to propose a shareholder vote? It may get tougher

WASHINGTON – If you’re a shareholder in a major corporation, having your voice heard may soon become harder. Tucked into a Republican bill to defang the Dodd-Frank financial rules is a provision to make it more difficult to bring proposals to a shareholder vote. It would mean fewer investors could force votes on issues important to them – from executive pay to political spending to gender discrimination.

Independent monitor: Volkswagen trying to change

Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Volkswagen AG, smiles as he arrives for the annual shareholders meeting in Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Associated Press)
Former U.S. deputy attorney general Larry Thompson, who must certify the policies and practices Volkswagen is putting in place to ensure compliance with anti-fraud and environmental laws, said his “initial impression is that the company is taking this very seriously and is not waiting for the monitor” to make proposals.

Kaspersky files antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe

Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of the Russian cybersecurity firm, said Tuesday that the company had filed antitrust complaints accusing Microsoft of making it more difficult to run Kaspersky antivirus software in Windows 10 and favoring a Microsoft-built alternative.

U.S. companies post record number of open jobs in April

U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April in 16 years, yet hiring fell and fewer people quit work. The figures suggest that businesses are struggling to find qualified employees as the unemployment rate declines.

Alphabet’s share price hits $1,000

Electronic screens post the price of Alphabet stock at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on Feb. 1. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
Google parent company Alphabet Inc. joined rarefied company Monday when it for the first time reached a $1,000 share price. Shares of the tech company rose $7.76, or 0.78 percent, to close at $1,003.85.

U.S. factory orders slipped in April, investment weak

Orders to U.S. factories fell in April for the first time in five months amid declining demand for heavy machinery, iron and steel, and commercial airplanes. A key category that tracks business investment was weak for a third month.

Montana worker shortage starts to pinch state’s employers

When Denice Harris started working at AAA, she had to wear nylons and men were required to wear ties. Now struggling to recruit employees, AAA is doing everything from allowing jeans to being flexible on the required qualifications for some positions.

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Butterflies benefittng from moisture-boosted bloom

NATURE -- Most butterflies seem to have benefited from blooms produced by this year's abundance of moisture in Eastern Washington, experts from the Washington Butterfly Association report. Exceptions could include ...