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Wage bill affecting Wal-Mart goes to DC mayor

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill requiring Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour has been sent to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, about seven weeks after it was passed by the D.C. Council.

Gray's spokesman says the mayor received the bill Friday. The mayor has 10 business days, starting Tuesday, to either sign or veto the bill. Gray has expressed reservations about the legislation's effect on economic development.

Wal-Mart has said it won't build three of the six stores it has planned for the district if the bill becomes law.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he held up the bill in part to give people more time to urge Gray to sign it. The council approved it on an 8-5 vote.