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Yesterday โ€” October 19th 2018NPR Economy

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

By John Burnett
Load Trail has had a hard time hiring welders to fabricate its trailers since Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested about a quarter of its workforce in August.

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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  • October 19th 2018 at 13:14

Examining The Close Ties Between Saudi Arabia And Silicon Valley

Steve Inskeep talks with writer Anand Giridharadas about the relationship between Silicon Valley and Saudi Arabia. The presumed killing of a Saudi journalist raises concerns about the investments.

  • October 19th 2018 at 11:07

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

By Kirk Siegler
When the mines in the North Fork Valley started laying off employees, Eric and Teresa Neal hired and retrained former coal miners to learn how to work with fiber optic cable.

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.

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  • October 19th 2018 at 10:51
Before yesterdayNPR Economy

Why Some States Are Experiencing A Labor Shortage

Unemployment is low. So, where are all the workers?

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  • October 18th 2018 at 17:06

Midterms 2018: Take It To The House

Are you fired up to vote in this election?

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  • October 18th 2018 at 16:06

What A 'Hard Brexit' Would Mean For European And U.S. Economies

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Financial Times reporter George Parker about how a hard Brexit could affect the U.K., Europe and the U.S.

  • October 17th 2018 at 22:29

The Economics Of Apologies: Why Saying Sorry Isn't Always As Easy As It Seems

By Stacey Vanek Smith

Companies make mistakes, and it turns out there are expensive and inexpensive ways to apologize for them. NPR's Planet Money's looks a study that finds out how apologies really work.

  • October 17th 2018 at 22:29

Winning And Losing The Code War

The inside story of how America’s enemies launched a cyber war against us — and how we’ve learned to fight back.

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  • October 16th 2018 at 17:06

Why It's Hard To Change Minds About Climate Change

The science is there. But some people aren't.

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  • October 16th 2018 at 16:06

Will NAFTA 2.0 Really Boost Mexican Wages?

By Carrie Kahn
Employees work on the assembly line of the Tiguan model at the Volkswagen car plant in Puebla, central Mexico, in March. The auto sector is a key focus of the newly revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

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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  • October 17th 2018 at 15:05

Morning News Break

By Noel King

Trump again defends Saudi rulers against allegations they had a role in a journalist's disappearance. The federal deficit jumped 17 percent over a year ago. Ebola infections surge in Congo.

  • October 17th 2018 at 11:02

Are GOP Tax Cuts To Blame For The Jump In The Federal Deficit?

Noel King talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the federal deficit ballooning to $779 billion in the just-ended fiscal year. It's a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

  • October 17th 2018 at 11:02

After Journalist Disappears, Companies Reconsider Saudi Investment

By John Ydstie

U.S. executives are pulling out of an investment conference scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next week — as controversy swirls around the disappearance of a missing Saudi journalist.

  • October 16th 2018 at 11:02

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

By Joe Neel
Drug addiction is a big concern to rural Americans, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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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  • October 16th 2018 at 11:01

Cities Made Millions Selling Taxi Medallions, Now Drivers Are Paying the Price

By Sam Harnett
At a recent meeting of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, angry taxi drivers who want the city to buy back their medallions, surrounded Kate Toran, who heads the city

Hundreds of San Francisco taxi drivers purchased medallions for $250,000 to drive in the city. Taxi incomes have plummeted after Uber and Lyft took over the streets, and drivers are saddled with debt.

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  • October 15th 2018 at 22:28

Bankruptcy Protection May Be Sears' Last Chance For Survival

By David Schaper

Once a dominant retail chain, Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has been struggling for several years, drowning in debt.

  • October 15th 2018 at 13:27

Friday News Roundup - International

Plus, the first female Doctor Who.

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  • October 12th 2018 at 17:06

Toys R Us Explores A Possible Comeback

By Charles Lane

Less than a year ago, Toys R Us fired more than 30,000 workers and closed all its stores. The owners are eyeing a relaunch despite obstacles. Workers who never received severance payments are furious.

  • October 12th 2018 at 11:00

Opinion: China's Role As The World's Development Bank Cannot Be Ignored

By Kevin P. Gallagher
A woman walks in front of the China Development Bank tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai in 2015. That and the Export-Import Bank of China have provided nearly $1 trillion in financing to foreign governments since the early 2000s.

China's development banks provide as much financing to developing countries as the World Bank does, Boston University's Kevin Gallagher explains.

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  • October 11th 2018 at 19:51

U.S. Stock Markets Open A Day After Dramatic Plunge

Stocks are down again after a dramatic drop on Wednesday. The sell-off rippled through international markets on Thursday, with stocks falling across Asia and Europe.

  • October 11th 2018 at 17:14
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