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For Job Retraining Programs To Work, People Need To Show Up

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:44am

Retraining workers who've lost jobs is tough. If the program isn't good, workers may get trained for jobs that no longer exist. And even when the training is good, it's hard to get people to show up.

New Jersey Budget Deal Reached Just In Time For July 4 Celebrations

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:40am

State beaches and parks will be open for the holiday now that lawmakers in the New Jersey legislature and Gov. Chris Christie reached a $34.7 billion budget deal Monday night.

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In Russia's Tech Center, Scientists Face Rewarding But Unpredictable Life

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:09pm

Research institutes in Novosibirsk were built as innovation centers in the USSR. Despite the brain drain, scientists and techies remain, but life for successful entrepreneurs can be unpredictable.

In Reno, Nev., Homegrown Startups Fuel Tech Transformation

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Reno, Nev., is enjoying a tech boom. Giants like Apple, Google and Tesla are all there. The transformation is also being driven by some homegrown start-ups, but some worry Reno will become unaffordable.

Damaged Goods: How A Truck Accident Leads To Cheap Cheese

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

When a truck overturns or a warehouse catches fire, the result can be millions of dollars worth of slightly damaged goods. Mike Mentuck's job is to get those goods back into the marketplace and save insurance companies' money in the process.

A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 2:43pm

Southwest China's Guizhou province is one of the country's poorest, most remote regions. But Guizhou has some unique advantages, which it is trying to use to transform itself into a big-data hub.

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How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:29pm

The Smithsonian's first brewing historian explores everything from immigration to urbanization through the lens of beer. And with the boom in microbrewing, she says beer's story has come full circle.

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Tesla's Long-Awaited, Lower-Priced Model 3 To Arrive Friday

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:50am

The first of Tesla's significantly more affordable Model 3 cars should finish production by next weekend, CEO Elon Musk announced late Sunday.

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New Jersey Starts Holiday Weekend With A Government Shutdown

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Eleven states failed to pass a new fiscal year budget by last Friday's deadline. In New Jersey, that led to a government shutdown. The legislature will meet on Monday to try to work out a compromise.

Why Weak Productivity Growth Matters To The Economy

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, about productivity. Productivity growth is a reason living standards go up. Lately, it's been weak.

Why Does The Electric Guitar Need A Hero?

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 5:58pm

Gibson and Fender, two of the biggest companies making guitars are in debt. One reason is declining sales in electric guitars and the waning popularity of guitar heroes in popular culture.

Travel Ban Puts Travel Industry On Edge

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

To better understand how the Trump administration's travel ban is affecting the American tourism industry, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Claudia Menezes, a tour operator based in Orlando, Fla.

Los Angeles Moves Closer To Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vendors

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

A campaign to legalize street vending is gaining strength from local resistance to President Trump's immigration policies — and fears that infractions could lead to deportation.

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