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Obama To Promote Economic Plans At Prince George's County Costco

President Barack Obama is promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement no action from Congress necessary.

Obama on Wednesday was to sign a presidential memorandum creating a new retirement savings account dubbed "myRA.'' The White House says it will act as a starter savings account. A pilot program will be ready by the end of 2014.

Obama is also preparing to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers carrying out new federal contracts to $10.10.

Obama announced the steps Tuesday in his State of the Union address. On Wednesday he'll discuss the minimum wage hike at a Costco store in Prince George's County and the retirement program in Pennsylvania. Obama plans to visit Milwaukee and Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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In A Lawsuit, New York Accuses Domino's Pizza Of Wage Theft

It's the latest chapter in a long campaign against wage theft by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office has already recovered millions of dollars in wages for low-income workers.

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