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Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:10pm

An environmental sustainability group assessed how 37 U.S. food companies are responding to escalating water risks. It found most have a long way to go to improve water efficiency and other practices.

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New York Announces Crack Down On Nail Salons

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

New York is planning to send dozens of inspectors to nail salons across the state to crack down on poor working conditions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also created new health and safety regulations for the industry after an investigation by The New York Times found multiple violations of labor laws.

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Why California Farmers Are Conflicted About Using Less Water

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Cities in California have been ordered to cut water use. Farms have not, yet. Inside the industry, there's a quiet debate: Does it makes sense to invest in water-conserving tech now — or later?

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Why California Farmers Are Conflicted About Using Less Water

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Cities in California have been ordered to cut water use. Farms have not, yet. Inside the industry, there's a quiet debate: Does it makes sense to invest in water-conserving tech now — or later?

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Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

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Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

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Saudi Women Can't Drive To Work; So They're Flocking To The Internet

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:18pm

With so many restrictions on their movements, it has never been easy for Saudi women to join the workforce. But the Internet has opened up a new range of opportunities to work from home.

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Jury: Starbucks' Free Coffee Not At Fault In Police Officer's Burn Claims

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:06pm

A North Carolina jury has rejected a $750,000 civil lawsuit filed by a police officer who said that a Starbucks store had given him a large cup of hot coffee with an insecure lid.

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New York Governor Pledges Action After Revelations Of Nail Salon Work Conditions

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:51pm

After The New York Times published a series on exploitative work conditions at nail salons, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a task force to confront the issue.

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What Is Upfronts Week, Anyway?: 5 Questions Answered

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:09am

We've reached the part of the year where the broadcast networks (and some cable networks) try to woo advertisers with the promise of new shows.

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Courier Strike In Berlin Keeps ATMs From Being Replenished

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:04am

Couriers who re-fill ATMs in Berlin have been on strike for more than a week, and there's no end in sight. That's a problem in a country where almost 80 percent of all transactions are cash payments.

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Seattle Restaurants Scramble To Pay A Higher Minimum Wage

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 9:19am

Business has been good for Seattle restaurants as high-tech firms flourish. But the city's rising minimum wage has restaurant owners struggling to revise their business plans.

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Ore Price Collapse Hits Minnesota's 'Iron Range'

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:30pm

Prices are about one-fourth what they were in 2011. A drop in global demand, especially in China, has triggered layoffs in northern Minnesota's mines and the effects are being felt around the region.

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Oil Companies Look To Fill Employment Gap With More Women

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:30pm

Less than 20 percent of oil-sector workers are female. That's a problem for an industry that needs legions of new workers to replace retirees. So firms are looking to draw more women into the field.

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Would More Trade Help The Job Market Run Faster Or Trip It Up?

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:33pm

Friday's jobs report showed tepid wage growth in April. Hours after its release, President Obama gave a speech arguing that a new trade deal would strengthen the labor market. Opponents disagree.

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Would Lower Shoe Tariffs Actually Encourage American Jobs?

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 1:52pm

Nike says lower tariffs in a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal would allow it to support thousands of domestic jobs. But the potential relief is a fraction of current footwear tariffs.

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Promises, Promises: Is Big Food Marketing Less Junk To Kids On TV?

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:58pm

Back in 2006, food-industry giants pledged to market only "better-for-you" foods to children. A new study concludes they kept to the letter of that pledge, but not the spirit.

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223,000 Jobs Added In April; Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.4 Percent

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:42am

The figures for last month were in line with expectations and could signal that disappointing results in March were just a hiccup.

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Whole Foods Tries To Shake 'Whole Paycheck' Rep With Cheaper Spinoff

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

Whole Foods hopes to attract millennials to the new chain. The company says the yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection."

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Casinos Bet On Change After Younger Players Ignore 'Boring' Slot Machines

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

When young people go to casinos, they aren't playing slot machines. Our Planet Money team talks to a man who thinks he can make slot machines that younger people will want to play.

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