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Reading, Writing And Fracking? What The Oil Industry Teaches Oklahoma Students

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:51am

Oklahoma's oil industry is spending millions on science lessons for public schools. But environmentalists say omitting climate change leaves students unprepared.

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New Rule Clears The Way For More Class-Action Lawsuits Against Banks

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:51am

At issue are so called "arbitration clauses" that companies have used to block customers from joining class actions.

Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:51am

Some companies find that real-time technology demands have forced them to curb their work-from-home policies, even as a growing number of employers continue to embrace remote work.

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Microsoft Courts Rural America, And Politicians, With High-Speed Internet

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:01pm

In rural America, 23.4 million people do not have high-speed Internet. Microsoft plans to change that, in an effort that uses cheap technology and appeals to the lowest common denominator in politics.

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

New Rule Opens Credit Card Companies, Banks To Class-Action Suits

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:33pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said the new regulation, set to take effect in 60 days, would prevent financial institutions from requiring that disputes be settled by arbitration.

U.S. Distillers Brace For Possible EU Backlash Against Bourbon

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:15pm

The Financial Times reports that, if President Trump decides to limit U.S. steel imports, EU officials might retaliate against whiskey. EU member nations buy more than half of U.S. bourbon exports.

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American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:35pm

U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from President Trump's changes to the Obama administration's Cuba travel policies. The new rules don't affect cruises, and may help them by requiring most Americans to travel there in groups.

Zapping Noxious Weeds On Organic Farms Is Harder Than You Think

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 2:57pm

There are few inexpensive and low-labor options to control the aggressive field invaders, which sometimes encroach on neighboring farms and potentially cut into their profits.

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Wells Fargo To Pay $142 Million To Customers Hurt By Bogus Accounts

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:56pm

The bank could pay customers more if an independent expert overseeing the compensation process deems it necessary.

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Pairing Wine And Weed: Is It A California Dream Or Nightmare?

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:44am

Cannabis entrepreneurs hope to capitalize on the state's wine tourism industry by melding marijuana with meals and snagging some fertile land. But many winemakers are taking a wait-and-see approach.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sonoma Cannabis Company/Kristen Jeanne)

While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 7:09am

It's the world's biggest coral reef system, home to some 400 types of coral. In the past 18 months, rising ocean temperatures helped cause the single greatest loss of coral ever recorded there.

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Trump And Mexico's President Talk Need For Guest Worker Program

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 5:04pm

Dallas Morning News reporter Alfredo Corchado talks with NPR's Michel Martin about President Trump's meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto at the G-20 summit amid tensions over the border wall.

Rick Najera, Jeff Yang Talk Hollywood's Racial Wage Gap

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 5:04pm

After two Asian-American actors say they quit CBS's Hawaii Five-O over unequal pay, NPR's Michel Martin talks with writer Rick Najera and podcast host Jeff Yang about Hollywood's racial wage gap.

Colorado Employers Rethinking Drug Testing

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 7:05am

Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot.

Recruiters Use 'Geofencing' To Target Potential Hires Where They Live And Work

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:47pm

Geofencing sets up virtual boundaries to enable tracking of mobile devices in an area. It can be used to send coupons to customers. Now some employers are using it to target and recruit workers.

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Trump's Criticism Of CNN Likely To Complicate Proposed Corporate Deal

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump's anger at CNN's coverage and its chief Jeff Zucker continues — even as the U.S. government reviews the proposed sale of CNN's parent company, Time Warner, to AT&T, which Trump has publicly opposed. NPR takes a look at how the president's views will affect the government's scrutiny of the proposed deal.

Who Gets To Fish For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It's All Politics

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:22am

The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated. A Trump administration deal to extend the recreational season has prompted cheers – and concerns.

(Image credit: Debbie Elliott/NPR)

Flames Subside But Protests Continue As G-20 Leaders Gather For Hamburg Summit

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:50am

Anti-globalization activists continued protests in the German city for a second day as the summit of the world's major economic powers got underway.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:06am

The governor of New Jersey gets grief for going to the beach, and more than 40 states say they will not or cannot turn over all the data President Trump's voting commission wants.

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222,000 Jobs Added To U.S. Payrolls In June; Unemployment Rate Rises To 4.4 Percent

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 7:32am

The U.S. economy added jobs in in health care, social assistance, financial activities, and mining, according to the monthly report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning.

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