New York Auto Show, California drought and Indiana revises law

All three major indices (^DJI, ^GSPC, ^IXIC) trading in the green today, the last trading day of an abbreviated week for Wall Street. Jobless claims sunk to 268,000 last week, the lowest level since 2000. That bodes well for the much-watched non-farm payroll number due out tomorrow, despite the market being closed for Good Friday

Here are some of the other stories Yahoo Finance is keeping an eye on today.

Auto show preview
Yahoo Autos Justin Hyde has a preview of the big New York International Auto Show which kicks off for the public tomorrow. Yahoo Finance spoke with Ford (F) CEO Mark Fields yesterday about the future of the industry.

California drought could impact you
How much could California’s four year old drought cost you at the grocery store? Governor Jerry Brown’s new mandatory 25 percent reduction in water use will likely hit the state’s farmers and ranchers hard.  California exported more than $ 21 billion dollars in agriculture products in 2013.

Indiana update
Business, civic and even sports leaders joined today in praising the “fix” of the state’s controversial religious freedom law. The initial law led to a sharp backlash from corporations and others who called it discriminatory. The legislation now has wording to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Pay-per-view price hike
if you want to watch the much ballyhooed title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd, get ready to pay a Benjamin. The Wall Street Journal says the HBO-Showtime pay-per-view price is $ 99 dollars for H-D, the highest ever for a fight.

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