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• Published reports say that a federal appeals court in Michigan has ruled that a Costco store manager there created a racially hostile workplace, insulting black workers and using racial slurs. However, while the court agreed that the two employees who filed suit were entitled to lost wages – they left Costco’s employ in 2007 – it also said they were not entitled to $25,000 apiece for “emotional distress,” and it referred the case to a lower court so that the damages could be adjusted downward.

• The Greenville News reports that Bi-Lo says that “its pharmacies now offer commonly prescribed drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply … The company said in a statement that it is introducing the new program to remedy the fact that many people do not buy the prescriptions they need.” A Bi-Lo Bonuscard is required to participate in the program, and the News notes that Bi-Lo “joins the likes of Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens in offering customers savings on generic drugs. Publix offers free antibiotics.”

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