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LeBron James' Return To Cleveland Illustrates Remarkable Economic Experiment

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Professional sports generate a tremendous amount of money, but it's tricky to know exactly what part of sports generates that money. LeBron James unintentionally ran a nearly perfect economic experiment by unexpectedly leaving Cleveland and then, three years later, returning with almost no warning. A pair of economists have now used James' prodigal son data to look at the financial impact a single superstar can have on a local economy.



A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:28:00 -0400

It's called the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017. And it would place a new tax on money being wired to Latin America and the Caribbean.



Americans For Prosperity's Tim Phillips On Trump's Budget Proposal

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

President Trump's new budget plan sets up a fight between Trump's populists and small-government advocates. Steve Inskeep talks with Tim Phillips of the Koch-associated group Americans for Prosperity.



Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:46:00 -0400

The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.



Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:01:02 -0400

By 2020 more than half of children in the U.S. will be part of an ethnic or racial minority. Colleges and universities are figuring out how to prepare for them.



U.S. Looks To Get Mortgage Giants Fannie And Freddie Out Of Conservatorship

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Many years have passed since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got into financial trouble and had to be placed in conservatorship. The mortgage giants are stable now, but nine years later there is still the question of how to get these companies out of conservatorship and on their own again.



Data-Driven Traders Begin To Dominate Financial Markets

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Greg Zuckerman of The Wall Street Journal, about the rise of using algorithms and computers in stock trading by investors on Wall Street.



Trump's Budget Relies On Optimistic Economic Forecasts, Critics Say

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump's budget proposal calls for eliminating the federal deficit within 10 years. It depends on deep cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid, and relies on rosy forecasts for economic growth that critics call unrealistic.



Trump Budget Plan Relies On Optimistic Growth Assumptions, Analysts Say

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:23:00 -0400

President Trump's proposed budget released Tuesday rests on a key assumption: The economy will grow much faster than it has in recent years — and at a more robust pace than most analysts predict.



One Huge Problem With Trump's Promise To Grow The U.S. Economy

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:57:00 -0400

The president has long looked to China and India as a model for galloping economic growth. Here's why it's unlikely that the U.S. could grow even half as fast.



White House Budget For 2018: Read The Full Plan

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:47:00 -0400

President Trump released his budget on Tuesday, which proposes deep cuts to federal safety nets, like food stamps. The plan builds off of the blueprint that the White House distributed in March.



As Store Layoffs Mount, Retail Lags Other Sectors In Retraining Workers

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:01:00 -0400

Many retail workers are losing their jobs amid major technological shifts. And while some industries invest to retrain their workers with new skills, retail largely hasn't succeeded in doing that.



Virginia Food Bank Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Hunger

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Food banks face limited supplies. A food bank in Roanoke, Va., is working with local community members, health care providers and other nonprofits to explore new ways to address hunger.



Morning News Brief: Manchester Blast, Russia Probe, Trump Budget

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

The latest on the deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, England. Also, new developments in the FBI and congressional probes into Russian meddling and the Trump budget for 2018 is revealed.



White House Proposes Deep Cuts To Safety Nets With 'Taxpayer First' Budget Plan

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:01:00 -0400

The White House has unveiled a proposal that aims to eliminate the federal deficit within a decade. It calls for significant cuts to Medicaid and food stamps, and it assumes robust economic growth.