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A Nearly Recession-Proof City Is Not Slowing Down03/02/15
The unemployment rate in Lincoln, Neb., is one of lowest in the U.S., thanks to a well-educated workforce. The focus now is on finding workers and keeping young people from leaving.
White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears
The Labor Department will draft new rules requiring retirement advisers to put consumers' best interests first. The industry warns that low-income people might lose out on financial planning advice.
Gov. Scott Walker Goes Head-To-Head With Labor Over Right-To-Work
Wisconsin Republicans are fast-tracking a "right to work" bill to Gov. Scott Walker. The law aims to weaken private sector unions by letting employees opt out of paying dues.
Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data
Some companies are using surveys or brain games to assess what kind of workers candidates are. Employers say the tests can help reduce turnover and surface talent recruiters might otherwise overlook.
Analysts Fear A Prolonged Drop In Oil Prices Will Hurt Oklahoma's Banks
Oklahoma oil is expensive to produce, so the sharp drop in prices has forced many drilling companies to cut jobs. If prices stay low, the pain could spread to the banks that finance the oil industry.
New Hospital Buildings Define Future Of Health Care
Across the country, the health care industry is pouring billions of dollars into new hospitals and medical centers. And the new hospitals of today are very different than the ones they're replacing.
Learning More About Longshoremen And Their Powerful Union
The standoff between dock workers and shipping lines at 29 West Coast ports is costing millions each day. Renee Montagne talks Steven Greenhouse, who covered labor issues for The New York Times.
Chocolate Makeover: Nestle Dumps Artificial Colorings
Nestles says it's removing artificial flavors and dyes from its chocolate candies, and Hershey's says it's shifting to simpler ingredients. The moves come amid growing demand for natural food.
Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems
Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This often puts consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.
You Might Want To Take Another Pass At Your Passwords
They have become so complicated that, in some cases, passwords have undermined their own security intent. But experts say there is still value in keeping your digital door locked with a good password.
Satisfied Patients Now Make Hospitals Richer, But Is That Fair?
The Affordable Care Act made sure that hospitals scoring well on patient satisfaction surveys are paid more by Medicare. But some say that gives small, boutique hospitals an unfair edge.
Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate
As the economy improves, political debates change. President Obama says it's time to focus on stagnant middle-class incomes. Republicans are trying to come up with their agenda for the middle class.
Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'
Despite veto threats, the House sent the Keystone XL pipeline bill to President Obama. David Greene talks to Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council about environmental issues.
How Banks Are Transforming Canada's Cannabis Industry
In the U.S., possessing and selling marijuana is a federal crime, so banks have ignored this emerging market. In Canada, financial institutions are beginning to back corporate cannabis producers.
The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?
More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.
Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.
The big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that should propel the U.S. economy, analysts say. But those lower prices are hurting the energy sector, and consumers continue to be cautious.
Federally Regulated Banks Begin To Work With States' Pot Businesses
For legal marijuana businesses, getting a bank account can be a challenge. Many banks are unwilling to do business with them. How do banks decide which marijuana businesses are worth the risk?
Stuck In Traffic? It's Likely To Be Worse In 30 Years, Report Says
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx talks about the challenges facing America's transportation system, and why he says the country needs to invest much more in it.
Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada, Alberta Premier Says
David Greene talks with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who is in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress and the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Workers Should Be Prepared To Start Over In New Jobs, Stats Show
A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that baby boomers have held 10 to 11 jobs, on average, by the time they reach age 46.
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