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Few new law hires score top salary (access required)

The six-figure salary with a desk in a tall, downtown office building is a prize that seems ever more elusive for new law school graduates as the law firm legal market changes. The shrinking pool of high dollar entry-level legal ...

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National home-remodeling growth expected to moderate (access required)

The home remodeling industry is expected to experience slower growth next year after rising during the next three quarters. The annual increase in home-improvement spending is slated to ease to 3.1 percent in the second quarter of next year, down ...

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Survey: consumers are starting to open their wallets again (access required)

After about seven years of cutting back, consumers finally are opening their wallets again. At least that’s what a recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center indicates. We’re ready to shop again, the report finds, but we’re not ...

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New York adoption of uniform bar exam could lead other states to follow (access required)

New York is considering adopting the uniform bar examination. If it does, the move could prompt others to follow in what could become implementation of a national licensing standard. The uniform bar exam is given in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, ...

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Gen X is struggling with mortgages, impeding the housing market (access required)

The housing market is in a morass largely caused by the plight of Generation X homeowners. In a new report on homeowner equity, Zillow finds that homeowners aged 39 to 49 got hit hard by the financial crisis and are ...

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Construction employment up in July, but spending down in June (access required)

The building sector of the U.S. economy added 22,000 new jobs last month, but a pullback in spending in June shows “the uneven nature of the construction industry’s recovery.” That’s the conclusion of the Associated General Contractors of America’s latest ...

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Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5B

Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each ...

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Feds aim to crack down on dangerous dust (access required)

Contractors who already take steps to reduce exposure to crystalline silica would need to ramp up their efforts if proposed federal rules were to become law. The proposed federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards have passed through a lengthy ...

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Study focuses on cross laminated timber (access required)

Building a residential tower with cross laminated timber could be slightly cheaper than a comparable concrete structure, according to a recent study by three Pacific Northwest firms. Mahlum Architects, Walsh Construction and Seattle-based structural engineering firm Coughlin Porter Lundeen teamed ...

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National construction spending edges up (access required)

Construction spending increased for the third straight month in May, reflecting an increase in private nonresidential and public construction and a decrease in residential projects, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, which relies on data from the U.S. ...

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