Consumer News 3/7/14

Published 03/07 2014 07:15AM

Updated 03/07 2014 07:28AM

We're just four weeks into the tax season and the IRS says more than 48 million refunds have been issued. The average amount of the refund is just more than $3,000 dollars. They say that's an increase of about 3% on last year's average.

Hawaii's state legislature approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next few years. Maryland lawmakers are also considering a proposal to increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10. Negotiations are underway in Minnesota, Chicago and Seattle.

Facebook is cracking down on guns. A new policy plans to block minors from seeing gun sale postings. The social media site will also pull posts of sales that don't require a background check.

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