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Seattle's Fight For $15, Three Years Later

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:06:30 -0400

A new study is making waves after finding that the city's minimum wage hike actually hurt its workers.

Labor Department Rethinking Obama-Era Overtime Pay Rule

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:11:00 -0400

On Tuesday the Labor Department formally requested information from the Office of Management and Budget, setting the stage for scaling back a rule that would make more workers eligible for OT.

Supreme Court To Consider New Jersey's Bid To Legalize Sports Betting

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

New Jersey's bid to offer legalized sports betting is going to the Supreme Court. The state wants to allow legal sports betting in its casinos and racetracks, but major league sports are united in their opposition.

Driving The Future: How Smart Can A Smart Car Be?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:18:30 -0400

Car owners form special relationships with their vehicles — they give them names, customize them and get to know their intricacies and quirks. But what if the car could do the same for the driver?

Beyond The Valley Of The CEOs — Bringing Big Tech To Small Towns

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Venture capital is concentrated on the coasts — how can investors be encouraged to spread the wealth?

Could You Help Rewire Income Disparity?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:31:00 -0400

New research using network science shows that shifting individual behavior in small ways could influence economic equality, says blogger Adam Frank.

In This LA Neighborhood, Protest Art Is A Verb

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:34:00 -0400

About a third of Boyle Heights' 90,000 residents live below the poverty line. But lower rents have attracted art galleries to the area, and that is drawing the ire of residents and activists.

After Decline Of Steel And Coal, Ohio Fears Health Care Jobs Are Next

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:48:00 -0400

Health care jobs now outnumber manufacturing jobs in Jefferson County, Ohio. Hospital administrators worry that Republican plans to cut Medicaid will lead to layoffs.

'One Nation Under Gold' Explores America's Obsession With One Precious Metal

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:17:00 -0400

Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality.

Helping The Poor Put Dinner On The Table Without Giving Them A Seat At The Table

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:06:30 -0400

When President Trump told an audience in Iowa that he didn't want poor people in Cabinet positions, his remark was met with...applause.

Hundreds Of Carrier Factory Jobs To Move To Mexico

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:58:00 -0400

In Indianapolis, hundreds of Carrier factory jobs there are moving to Mexico. That's the furnace plant where, in December, President Trump said he made a deal to save some other jobs.

Overwhelmed By Air Bag Troubles, Takata Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:24:00 -0400

Long hobbled by lawsuits and recall costs over its faulty air bags, Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Sunday.

People Of Coal-Rich Northern Cheyenne Torn Between Jobs And Sacred Culture

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

A Serbian Farmer Wants To Protect The Balkan Donkey By Selling Its Pricey Milk

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:00 -0400

Donkey milk is as rare as hen's teeth. And at $10 a cup, it's expensive, too. But a Serbian farmer has found a market for this elixir for use in cheese, infant formula, skin cream and even chocolate.

Alaska's 40 Years Of Oil Riches Almost Never Was

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Oil began flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1977, transforming Alaska into a wealthy state. But if it wasn't for one man, the Prudhoe Bay oil field may not have never been found.