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Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:46pm

The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.

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Episode 773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:24pm

As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.

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CBO: Republicans' AHCA Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:41pm

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill would also reduce the deficit and leave some sick Americans unable to buy coverage.

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The Reclusive Hedge Fund Billionaire Behind Trump's Campaign

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:30pm

Robert Mercer, a reclusive hedge fund manager, is widely seen as a major force behind the Trump election and administration. But many wonder what he wants in exchange from Trump.

Vermont's Governor Vetoes Recreational Pot Bill

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:21pm

The governor said he is "not philosophically opposed" to legalization, and that he'll work with the legislature to change some points. The bill resembles D.C.'s "home-grow" approach to marijuana.

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Fox News Retracts DNC Staffer Conspiracy Story, But Hannity Keeps It Alive

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:49am

Fox News retracted a story about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer that was based on a groundless conspiracy theory. But host Sean Hannity, who pushed the theory, stood by it.

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Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:21pm

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers. Supporters of both programs are joining forces to fight the cuts in Congress.

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U.S. Looks To Get Mortgage Giants Fannie And Freddie Out Of Conservatorship

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Many years have passed since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got into financial trouble and had to be placed in conservatorship. The mortgage giants are stable now, but nine years later there is still the question of how to get these companies out of conservatorship and on their own again.

Data-Driven Traders Begin To Dominate Financial Markets

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Greg Zuckerman of The Wall Street Journal, about the rise of using algorithms and computers in stock trading by investors on Wall Street.

Trump's Budget Relies On Optimistic Economic Forecasts, Critics Say

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump's budget proposal calls for eliminating the federal deficit within 10 years. It depends on deep cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid, and relies on rosy forecasts for economic growth that critics call unrealistic.

Trump Budget Plan Relies On Optimistic Growth Assumptions, Analysts Say

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:23pm

President Trump's proposed budget released Tuesday rests on a key assumption: the economy will grow much faster than it has in recent years — and at a more robust pace than most analysts predict.

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As Store Layoffs Mount, Retail Lags Other Sectors In Retraining Workers

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:01am

Many retail workers are losing their jobs amid major technological shifts. And while some industries invest to retrain their workers with new skills, retail largely hasn't succeeded in doing that.

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Virginia Food Bank Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Hunger

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:12am

Food banks face limited supplies. A food bank in Roanoke, Va., is working with local community members, health care providers and other nonprofits to explore new ways to address hunger.

Morning News Brief: Manchester Blast, Russia Probe, Trump Budget

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:12am

The latest on the deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, England. Also, new developments in the FBI and congressional probes into Russian meddling and the Trump budget for 2018 is revealed.

White House To Release 'Taxpayer First' Budget Plan, With Cuts To Safety Nets

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:01pm

The White House is unveiling a proposal that aims to eliminate the federal deficit within a decade. It calls for significant cuts to Medicaid and food stamps, and it assumes robust economic growth.

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Ford Replaces CEO Mark Fields After Stock Prices Dwindle

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

Ford has just come off two straight years of record earnings. Its F-150 trucks are the best selling vehicles in America. But none of this was enough to save CEO Mark Fields' job. The career Ford executive has been replaced by a relative newcomer, Jim Hackett. One reason for the move: Ford's stock price tumbled nearly 40 percent in the three years Fields was at the helm.

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

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At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:50pm

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

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Planet Money: On Why India Made Most Of Its Money Worthless

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:04am

India's prime minister recently decided to make almost all of the cash in his country worthless. He said it was meant to stop corruption. It turns out, that idea came from a very surprising source.

Ford Motor Company To Name New CEO, Reports Say

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:04am

Ford Motor Company is expected to announce its CEO Mark Fields is leaving, to be replaced by Jim Hackett, who runs the company's work on autonomous vehicles.

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