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California Assembly Approves Film and TV Tax Bill

((LA Times, May 28)

AB 1839 would renew and increase the state's film state tax credit to as much as $400 million a year.

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NEVADA: Unions Plan Last-Ditch Talks to Avert Downtown Strike

(Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 26)

Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 scheduled contract talks to try to hammer out a new agreement before planned June 1 strike.

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CALIFORNIA: California Film and TV Tax Incentive Bill Moving Forward to Full Assembly Vote

(THR, May 23)

As the proposal passes its final committee, there is still a debate over how much to increase the current $100 million annual funding -- and it now includes music scoring and editing.

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New ABC Drama ‘The Whispers’ Leaves Los Angeles For Vancouver As California Still Grapples With Runa

(Deadline, May 23)

A lack of incentives for broadcast series has cost the state another show where the pilot was filmed in the States first.

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HAWAII: Hawaii Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour

(USA Today, May 23)

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the minimum wage bill into law in a ceremony Friday, marking the first time Hawaii's minimum wage will be raised from $7.25 since 2007.

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Sarah Jones' Parents on 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit: 'We Don't Want Our Daughter's Death to Be in Vain'

(THR, May 22)

UPDATED: In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Richard and Elizabeth Jones and their lawyer Jeffrey Harris discuss why they decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit and what they hope to achieve with it.

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AT&T-DirecTV Deal to Further Transform Media and Telecom Landscape

(LA Times, May 19)

The $49 billion deal turns AT&T into a massive player in the pay-television space and is likely to spark further consolidation.

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