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  • On New York’s Long Island, Suffolk County legislators have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new law that forces companies to provide a minimum level of health care to employees, paying $3 per hour per employee for health care benefits, and preventing the company from deducting any of the money from employees’ compensation.

    Wal-Mart and other companies object to the legislation because they feel it will drive up the cost of doing business.

    The bill now goes to the desk of County Executive Steve Levy for signing.

  • Wal-Mart has announced a deal with singer/actress Jessica Simpson for a line of beauty and body care products that will be called “Sweet Kisses” and available in three flavors - Vanilla Cupcake, Creme Brulee and Strawberry Sorbet.

KC's View:
Until recently, we thought that Jessica Simpson was a character on the animated series “The Simpsons,” which shows you how clued in we are about some things.

But now, we have to admit, we actually have her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking” on our iPod (to the utter horror of our kids).

Go figure.

But one thing is for sure.

Working with Jessica “The Dukes of Hazzard” Simpson certainly suggests that Wal-Mart isn’t losing complete touch with its roots, even as it looks to attract more upscale consumers.