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Businesses are split on issue of paid sick time

Two months after a severe flu season forced millions of workers to stay home, paid sick time is becoming an issue for many small-business owners. City councils in Portland and Philadelphia earlier this month approved laws requiring employers to give their workers paid sick leave. And two Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress that would make paid sick leave a federal requirement.

Nic Moves Welding Due To Complaints

North Idaho College is moving its welding classes off campus after teachers in the Hedlund Building complained of physical problems. An air quality expert will arrive next week to begin retesting the building. Officials suspended welding classes in December after some teachers directly above the welding lab complained of headaches, fatigue and skin rashes. Some reported a "metallic taste" in their mouths; that often accompanies exposure to welding fumes. Steve Schenk, dean of college relations, said the welding program will move into the Coeur d'Alene Industrial Park. Classes start Jan. 17. The second floor reopened a year ago after being closed more than two years because of complaints.