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Kecia Jolley is getting a pay raise this week. But she's still making minimum wage.

Jolley works as a grocery store cashier in Missouri — one of nearly two dozen states that increased their minimum wages on Jan. 1. Economists say those mandatory wage hikes are an important factor boosting pay for workers at the bottom of the income ladder.

Jolley's Friday paycheck will be the first to reflect Missouri's 2020 minimum of $9.45 an hour, up from $8.60 last year.

"I think that I'll be better off," she says. "But I think that it's going to still be a struggle."

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A Cortez firm is one of three companies recently awarded a contract for cultural resource work by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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In early January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a plan to rescind the Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era directive to federal law enforcement in states where marijuana is legal.

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In early January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a plan to change guidelines on enforcement of federal marijuana laws.

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