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Tears For Sears


A storied American retailer has filed for bankruptcy.

A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs


For the first time in years, Delta County in western Colorado is experiencing population growth, one indicator that rural Americans are increasingly feeling optimistic about their economic future.

After ICE Raid, A Shortage Of Welders In Tigertown, Texas


In August, immigration officials hauled off 150 workers from a northeast Texas plant — one of ICE's largest operations in a decade. Now the employer is pushing back.

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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic

What's on people's minds in rural America? A new poll shows that the addiction crisis and economic issues have people worried. But many retain an upbeat outlook about the future of their communities.

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Beating Bollywood

Amazon and Netflix are trying to take on India. But, so far a Hollywood ending, south-Asian style, has eluded them.

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Chinese Firms Now Hold Stakes In Over A Dozen European Ports

China's expansion into European ports is part of its new Maritime Silk Road, which aims to better connect the country to global commercial hubs. But this is about more than just moving cargo.

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Bye, Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They've Got A Plan On Climate Change

A scientific paper published this week predicts climate change will send beer prices skyrocketing and drastically reduce the barley crop. It got tons of media attention. But is beer really doomed?

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Gross Dank Product

Just because marijuana is now legal in Canada doesn't mean the market for it is easily quantifiable.

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Will NAFTA 2.0 Really Boost Mexican Wages?

The new trade deal signed by the U.S., Mexico and Canada says much of a car should be built by workers making at least $16 an hour. Some experts are skeptical that will happen anytime soon in Mexico.

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Sea Lion Shuttle Service Not A Substitute For Lethal Removal At Willamette Falls

Wildlife managers have asked for permission to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls to save threatened fish. Their attempts to relocate the animals have not solved the problem.

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A Snapshot Of Poverty In America

The Supplemental Poverty Report provides a more accurate and nuanced picture of poverty in America

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If Your Medical Information Becomes A Moneymaker, Could You Get A Cut?

Sometimes discoveries derived from patients' medical data become the foundation of new profit-making companies. A fledgling industry wants to help patients get a cut of the cash.

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Overrated/Underrated: Nobel Prizes, Conversations, And Our Descendants

Tyler Cowen rates Nobel prizes, blogs, and the importance of weirdness in conversation