INSURANCE INITIATIVE SPLITS CALIF. RETAILERS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Supermarket operators in California are divided on a ballot initiative calling for large employers to provide health insurance for workers.Last week, Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., said it was donating $500,000 to a coalition that opposes Proposition 72 -- which appears on Tuesday's election ballot in California -- after backers made the company the focus of their advertising

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Supermarket operators in California are divided on a ballot initiative calling for large employers to provide health insurance for workers.

Last week, Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., said it was donating $500,000 to a coalition that opposes Proposition 72 -- which appears on Tuesday's election ballot in California -- after backers made the company the focus of their advertising efforts in the last couple of weeks.

Proposition 72 would require business

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