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Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

Several big media companies recently announced new ways to bring TV over the Internet. For example, HBO's streaming service, Sony's PlayStation Vue and a rumored service from Apple.

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Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

Last week, Morning Edition aired a piece about right-to-work laws in Kentucky. To clarify some assertions made in the piece, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution.

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Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:43am

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a year-long investigation by the Associated Press finds.

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Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:42am

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:26pm

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

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Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:54pm

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl.

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Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:29pm

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.

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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:46pm

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:31am

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:58am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld has written a book criticizing his former employer.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:49am

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:42pm

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, who are themselves hit by lower oil prices.

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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:20pm

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

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Kraft, Heinz Merger Brings Together Famous Food Brands

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

The pending $45 billion dollar merger between Kraft and Heinz will create the world's fifth-largest food company. The deal comes as Kraft struggles to keep up with changing consumer tastes.

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Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:12pm

A recent lawsuit raises a red flag about traces of arsenic in some lower-cost California wines. But, by Canadian standards, the trace levels are acceptable.

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Supreme Court Revives Pregnant UPS Worker's Discrimination Lawsuit

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:11am

At issue is an employer's responsibilities under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The decision gives a former UPS driver another chance to show the company discriminated against her.

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:29am

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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Heinz, Kraft Announce Merger

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:33am

The deal would create the world's fifth-biggest food and beverage company. It would bring together under one corporate roof iconic brands such as Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer and Philadelphia.

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Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Frederick Hutson disrupted the biggest captive market in America. While in prison, he honed a business plan and re-imagined that system as an untapped consumer base.

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