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Illinois law enlists hairstylists to prevent abuse

An Illinois law that took effect Sunday calls on hairstylists and others to help prevent domestic violence. Stylists, barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders, and nail technicians will get an hour of abuse-prevention training. The law does not require them to report violence. But the training provides beauty professionals with information about resources to share with clients. The measure appears to be the first of its kind in the country, the National Conference of State Legislatures says. Hairstylists are well situated to notice signs of abuse, said Vi Nelson, spokeswoman for the group Cosmetologists Chicago. Abusers ‘‘tend to try to find places where it could be an accident or it’s not as visible,’’ Nelson said. ‘‘They may hit them in the back of the head, and there’s a bruise or a bump.’’ State Senator Bill Cunningham supported the measure, in part, because his wife is a former hairstylist whose customers frequently shared incidents of domestic violence. “She wasn’t sure what to tell her clients,’’ he said. That’s why the law was written to connect victims with services, not to have professionals act as therapists, he said. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Business groups call on UK to take industry’s Brexit input

The heads of five of Britain’s biggest trade bodies urged the United Kingdom to draw on industry’s experience as the government negotiates the extent to which the nation is left out of Europe’s single market. Input from companies is “critical” to the success of Brexit negotiations, the heads of the groups, including the British Chambers of Commerce, wrote to the Sunday Telegraph. “Government must enter negotiations with the evidence it needs to understand the implications of the decisions and trade-offs that lie ahead,” the groups wrote. “This evidence must be drawn from the on-the-ground experience of small, medium, and large enterprises.” Prime Minister Theresa May has come under fire, including from within her own Conservative Party, for keeping her plans too closely guarded for the mammoth task of exiting the European Union. May has said she will formally trigger two years of Brexit negotiations by March 31, but without clarifying whether that means a UK departure from the single market and customs unions. That leaves open the prospect of tariffs being imposed on goods and services. In a New Year’s message, May pledged to consider the interests of both the 52 percent of voters who backed Brexit and the 48 percent who opposed it. — BLOOMBERG NEWS



Conn. officials will advise FCC

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been appointed to a board that advises the Federal Communications Commission on telecommunications issues. Elin Swanson Katz, the state’s advocate for consumers, will be the Democratic governor’s designee on the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Board, 15 representatives of state, local, and tribal governments. Malloy is the only governor named to it. Katz said she’ll work to ensure ‘‘the state perspective is heard at the FCC.’’ Malloy said Katz has worked to spur broadband investment in Connecticut, leading to more infrastructure development, increased broadband speeds, and measures to promote affordable access, including for underserved communities. — ASSOCIATED PRESS



Hydroelectric engineers find potential in abandoned mine

Some see an abandoned, centuries-old iron mine in the Adirondacks. But engineers sees the shafts in Mineville, N.Y., as a way to provide a steady flow of electricity in a growing market for renewable energy. They are pitching a plan to circulate some of the millions of gallons of ground water that have flooded the mine shafts to power 100 turbines a half-mile underground. They envision the operation as a solution for solar and wind power producers, who need ways to ensure an uninterrupted flow of energy when the sun isn’t shining or the winds are still. Said Jim Besha, head of Albany Engineering Corp.: ‘‘You can think of it as a bank. If someone has excess solar energy, they would pay a fee to store it overnight.’’ Engineers would drain roughly half the water from the shafts and pump the remainder into an upper chamber. The water would then be released into a lower chamber, powering turbines and creating electricity. The turbines would be reversed to pump the water back up to repeat the process. Technically, the pumped water is considered stored energy, to be released strategically when power is needed. The Mineville Pumped Storage Project still needs federal approvals but it could become one of the first projects of its kind in the nation. The mine contributed iron for the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War, on Lake Champlain; it was mined for the last time in 1971. — ASSOCIATED PRESS