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In Battle Of Health Care Titans, Should Health Insurers Act Like Walmart?

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:29am

Evidence shows dominant insurers hold down hospital prices. Big insurers seeking to get bigger want to take that idea to the extreme. Hospitals and doctors object.

Working 'The Chain,' Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 7:00am

Workers at American slaughterhouses and meat processing plants perform thousands of repetitive motions every day. The work often lead to invisible, yet painful and lasting injuries to their bodies.

China Angered By Britain's Delay In Approving Nuclear Power Deal

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:04am

China warns Britain to stop delaying a nuclear power plant deal, which it says could cost the country future Chinese investment. Britain's new prime minister wants to examine the project.

Rep. Dingel Presses Clinton To Talk More About Trade Issues

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:04am

Hillary Clinton addresses the economy in a speech on Thursday. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingel, who represents Michigan's12th district, who says trade is a big issue in her state.

Retired Professor Tries To Teach Robots To Sew Clothes

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:04am

Atlanta company SoftWear is trying to create a robot that can sew. If the project succeeds, it could have a huge effect on the global economy, and clothing manufacturing could return to the U.S.

In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:41am

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions. But the strike ultimately failed, and workers today face the same problem: growers who systematically underpay.

There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:40am

With rising home prices and low interest rates, Americans are spending a record amount of money fixing up their kitchens, bathrooms and man-caves. But a lack of skilled workers is limiting the boom.

Fines For Meat Industry's Safety Problems Are 'Embarrassingly Low'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 5:54pm

Slaughterhouses, while safer than decades ago, are some of the country's most hazardous workplaces. They are fined by the government for safety violations, but those fines may not be big enough.

Social Security Data Errors Can Turn People Into The Living Dead

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:01pm

The government keeps track of who is alive and who is dead. But there can be errors. And when you're mistakenly ruled dead, it can be remarkably tough to convince people you're still among the living.

Slaughterhouses Often Face Meager Safety Violations, Critics Say

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

Hundreds of thousands of people go to work each day preparing the beef, pork and poultry that ends up on our dinner tables. Their workplace is among the most hazardous in the country. Slaughterhouses — while safer than they were decades ago — can exact a steep price from workers. As it tries to enforce safety rules, the government fines the businesses for violations, but one former official calls those fines ineffective and "embarrassingly low."

Oil #1: We Buy Oil

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 2:16pm

We're getting into the oil business. We go to Kansas, and negotiate with a preacher to buy 100 barrels of crude.

Presidential Campaigns Are Talking Around The Robot In The Room

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:20pm

Candidates are talking about taxes and trade, but not about the tsunami: the massive wave of automation that will transform the workplace.

Sons Are Still More Likely Than Daughters To Take Over The Family Farm

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 11:30am

Traditional gender roles on farms are changing, but slowly. While men are typically still in charge of operations, women are beginning to take on greater leadership.

Hikes In Employees' Health Premiums To Outpace Raises Again

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 10:03am

Most employees at large companies should expect a 5 percent increase in their health insurance premiums in 2017 and few changes to the coverage and features.

WATCH: A 'Tremendous' Timeline Of Trump's TV Commercials

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 5:00am

The Republican presidential nominee has a long history of starring in TV commercials, from pizza to computers.

University Employees Sue Yale, MIT And NYU Over Retirement Plan Fees

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:03am

Three of the nation's most prestigious universities face class-action lawsuits alleging the schools allowed financial firms to prey on employees by charging high fees in retirement accounts.

OSHA Injury Reporting Rule Sheds Light On Meat Packing Accidents

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:03am

Slaughterhouse and meat processing plant workers have some of the most dangerous jobs. One of the most common injury is musculoskeletal disorders, brought on by thousands of daily repetitive motions.

Anita Hill: 'We've Come A Long Way Since Then'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:43am

Nearly 25 years after Anita Hill accused her former boss of making lewd advances, America is again dealing with high-profile cases of sexual harassment. Hill tells NPR what's changed and what hasn't.

Utility Giant PG&E Convicted of Violating Gas Pipeline Safety Laws

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 7:59pm

Prosecutors had argued that in prioritizing profits, the company neglected to adequately maintain its pipelines, leading to the deaths of eight people in an explosion in San Bruno, Calif., in 2010.

Texas Town's Fortunes Rise And Fall With Pump Jacks And Oil Prices

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:33pm

The middle class has shrunk faster in Midland, Texas, than nearly anywhere else in the U.S. Overall, more people are getting rich than falling behind. But extreme booms and busts make life precarious.

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