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In Kentucky, The Coal Habit Is Hard To Break

NPR | Feb. 07, 2016

The coal region of western Kentucky has managed to keep its mining industry alive through changing energy trends of the past few decades. That is, until now.

Fact-Check: GOP Candidates On Taxes And Downgrades

NPR | Feb. 07, 2016

The US doesn't have the highest taxes in the world...but it's close if you're talking about corporate taxes.

States Not Waiting To Close Gender Wage Gap

NPR | Feb. 06, 2016

Efforts to close the pay gap between men and women have gone nowhere in Congress, but states are forging ahead with a string of equal pay laws. And new proposals are being debated in two dozen states.

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Unemployment May Be Dropping, But It's Still Twice As High For Blacks

NPR | Feb. 6, 2016 6 a.m.

The jobless rate fell is at an eight-year low, the government reported today. But for blacks, the rate is still 8.8 percent — a bit lower than worst unemployment whites experienced in the recession.

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Obama Celebrates 'Durable Economy' As Unemployment Drops Below 5 Percent

NPR | Feb. 5, 2016 11:35 a.m.

The January jobs report indicated unemployment was at 4.9 percent, the lowest rate since the recession. But the U.S. only added 151,000 jobs, missing economists' expectations of 190,000 new jobs.

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U.S. Economy Added A Robust 292,000 Jobs In December

NPR | Feb. 5, 2016 5:22 a.m.

The number of new jobs beat economists' expectations; unemployment held steady at 5 percent.

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With Oil Prices Languishing, Shell Reports 80 Percent Drop In Earnings

NPR | Feb. 4, 2016 4:29 p.m.

The company is the latest industry giant to report huge drops in earnings from 2014 to 2015. BP, Exxon and Chevron have also seen their revenues fall steeply.

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Michigan Governor Wants $30 Million To Help Pay Bills For Lead-Tainted Water

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Flint residents are still being billed for water that's unsafe to drink. Tens of thousands of petitions have demanded a moratorium on residents' drinking water bills.

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Intel Discloses Diversity Data, Challenges Tech Industry To Follow Suit

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 12:34 p.m.

Intel is revealing more details about its diversity goals — the ones the chip maker has met and failed to meet — than any other Silicon Valley giant to date.

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WATCH: Super Bowl Ads Already Generating Buzz

NPR | Feb. 2, 2016 3:22 p.m.

The big game may be days away, but commercials featuring a Helen Mirren soliloquy, Pokemon, a Drake Hotline Bling spoof, Ryan Reynolds and, of course, puppies are already getting attention online.

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BP Earnings Plunge 91 Percent In 4th Quarter

NPR | Feb. 2, 2016 8:50 a.m.

Global oil and gas price drops have done a number on BP's net income, which fell to $196 million from $2.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. The company also plans to cut thousands more jobs.


Oil? Almonds? They Have Something in Common

Marketplace | Feb. 2, 2016 7:25 a.m.

Commodities are commodities, whether you drill a hole or plant a crop to produce.

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Why Cheap Gas Might Not Be Good For The U.S. Economy

NPR | Feb. 1, 2016 4:15 p.m.

A drop in global oil prices saved U.S. drivers $100 billion last year. Good news, right? Not so, say some economists. The energy industry is now so big that cheap oil may actually hurt the economy.