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Firearms Industry Booms In Montana

Firearms manufacturers looking for a favorable, pro-gun political climate are moving to Montana. The Flathead Valley in the northwest corner of the state has had a steady gun manufacturing industry for decades, and it's now looking to expand. Despite 10 percent unemployment in the area, gun industry jobs have increased during the economic downturn. Manufacturers now say they can't find enough trained machinists for all the jobs they have to offer.
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Liberal Arts Degrees: An Asset At Some Companies

Technology training and know-how only get you so far in this economy. It turns out many employers now are looking for workers with a broader set of skills. Packaged food giant ConAgra's IT internship program, for example, values a degree in journalism or biology as much as one in computer science. The trend is putting a crimp in the conventional theory that specialization in higher education pays.
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9 European Countries Lose AAA Rating Status

Standard and Poor's has downgraded the credit ratings of nine Euopean countries including France. They face exposure to financial troubles in Greece among other places. Zanny Minton Beddoes, global economics editors at The Economist, talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest European financial troubles.
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Dr. Pepper Reaches Deal With Dublin Dr. Pepper

Dublin Dr. Pepper is made with pure cane sugar, and it's produced by Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. in Dublin, Texas. Dr. Pepper-Snapple Group sued. Now they've reached a deal: Dr. Pepper-Snapple bought the rights to sell and distribute the sugar-cane version in Texas.
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U.S. Sends Iran Notice Over Strait Of Hormuz

Iran has reportedly acknowledged receiving a letter from the U.S. about the Strait of Hormuz. Its contents weren't released. Iran's threatened to close off the waterway if sanctions are imposed against its oil sales. An Iranian news agency says the letter's being studied, and the government's determining whether to respond.
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Homeowners Insurance Rates To Rise In 2012

Last year's tornadoes, floods, fires and hurricanes are driving up home owner insurance rates this year. Rates are expected to go up as much as 10 percent.

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