My initial blog at 1:31 p.m.

Action in a Senate committee this morning suggests the $1 minimum wage increase could face a tough road in the next week, according to this N&O report.

It seems some supporters would rather kill the $1 increase, rather than accept a provision that would allow employers to offer a three-month training wage to workers younger than 20.

Now 2:31 p.m.

An eagle-eyed colleague caught this update from the News & Record.