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Partial FAA Shutdown Puts 975 Local Workers On Furlough

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The stalemate over FAA funding means the agency is now temporarily unable to collect taxes and fees on airline tickets. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood says that will cost the government $200 million a week.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says it will also cost thousands of FAA employees their paychecks.

"It's going to furlough 4,000 FAA employees, including 975 here in our region," he says. "None of that serves the public, and ironically, we're going to lose money."

Senate democrats refuse to vote for a bill crafted by House republicans, which includes a provision making it more difficult for airline and rail workers to unionize. It also cuts back subsidies to rural airports, another provision democrats would like to keep.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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