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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Get started ‘On’ May 16: Senate OKs Ex-Im Bank reauthorization, workplace violence most prevalent at gov’t offices

Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.

What’s going ‘on’:

Ex-Im Bank OK’d by Senate: The Senate voted 78-20 on Tuesday to reauthorize the United States Export-Import Bank for three years and expand its authority to make loans to American exporters. The House already agreed to the same measure by a similarly broad 330-to-93 vote, largely spurred by the backing of business and labor groups.

Government offices most susceptible to workplace violence: Government establishments experience workplace violence more often than their private-sector counterparts, according to the results of a new study conducted by the Merit Systems Protection Board, which also showed the trend is not necessarily tied to offices’ locations or dealings.

Retail sales slow:Retail sales rose only a tenth of a percent in April, marking the slowest pace of the year, according to the latest data from the Commerce Department. The April advance matched the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey but represents a steep decline from the 0.7 spike in March.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Boehner eyes tax changes:House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said the House of Representatives will vote “to stop the largest tax increase in American history,” referring to the scheduled end to the Bush-era tax cuts. He also vowed to establish a process by which Congress could enact tax reform in 2013.

Facebook hikes up share price:Facebook has amended its regulatory paperwork ahead of its initial public offering, raising the high-end expectations for its share price from $34 to $38. The bump has the potential to push the company over a $100 billion valuation following its intial offering, which is expected Friday.

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