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Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with T.J. Bray, a steelworker at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis where President Trump said he saved over 1,000 jobs. Last month, Carrier told the state that 600 people will be laid off, and those jobs will be transferred to Mexico.

Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:48am

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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Monterey County Helps Former Flower Growers Switch To Marijuana

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

Former flower growers in California have been devastated by cheap imported flowers from South America, so local officials in Monterey County passed an ordinance to help them grow marijuana instead.

What Uber's Leadership Change Means For Diversity In Tech

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to tech industry recruiter and consultant Y-Vonne Hutchinson about the resignation of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and the message it sends to Silicon Valley.

Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:19am

Some critics say Vornado Realty Trust should recuse itself from bidding on the project because of its financial relationship to the president and his family.

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Facebook Changes Its Mission With Announcement About Groups

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:46pm

Facebook has nearly 2 billion users. But that's not enough. Now, in an effort to go deep, not just wide, the company will focus on users' activity levels.

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Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:05pm

FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period, scheming to sell "discounted" travel packages.

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Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:08pm

To slaughter 2 million birds per week, Costco is contracting poultry farmers. But this requires a major financial investment from small producers, and the payoff may not be guaranteed.

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Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:59pm

Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.

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FCC Moves To Streamline Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:29pm

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

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Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:25am

The Senate's long-awaited "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was written largely in secret, with even many Senate Republicans unaware of what was in it.

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Is Big Tech Getting Too Big?

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:06am

Silicon Valley leaders like Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick have unprecedented power. At what point should the rest of us push back?

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Senators Working On Health Care Revision Ready To Release Their Plan

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:43am

The legislation Senate Republicans are releasing is expected to track the House version that was passed last month. Negotiations have been going on in secret.

Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:00am

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

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ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:06am

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

Is It Realistic? Trump Budget Relies On 3 Percent Economic Growth

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:06am

President Trump's budget proposal assumes the U.S. economy will grow at 3 percent a year. Most economists call that improbable. We try to figure out what it would take to hit the magic 3 percent.

The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

As renewables make up a bigger share of the nation's energy grid, some worry about blackouts when the wind doesn't blow. But grid operators say they're getting better at balancing energy resources.

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Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

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How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:55am

Social media firms are under pressure to block extremist activity on their sites. Facebook is hiring thousands more people to review content, but artificial intelligence also plays a role.

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What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He Will Face

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:22pm

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.

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