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NPR CEO Gary Knell's First Day At Work

Thursday, public television veteran Gary Knell takes the helm at NPR, becoming president and CEO after more than 20 years with PBS. Knell assumes the post after a period of turmoil at NPR. He joins NPR's Neal Conan to share his plans for leading the company.
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Will Eurozone Countries Give Up Control Of Budgets?

European leaders are considering a major step toward ending the region's debt crisis. They hope that by agreeing to tougher penalties for countries that break budget rules, they can entice the European Central Bank to do more to stem the crisis. But are countries willing to give up control of their budgets to preserve the eurozone?
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In Miami, Plans For Mega-Casinos Bring Hope And Ire

A Malaysian developer plans to spend more than $3 billion to build a Miami casino that it says will be the world's largest. The gaming industry says its plans for the city's waterfront are a big win for the local economy. But critics, including The Walt Disney Co., are betting against them.
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GOP, Obama Dispute How To Pay For Tax Holiday

Gene Sperling, head of the president's National Economic Council, talks to Steve Inskee about extending the payroll tax cut. The Obama administration is pushing Congress to extend the cut before it expires at the end of the year. Republicans are expected to vote no because it calls for a tax on the wealthy.
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Obama Uses Pa. Trip To Push Tax Cut Extension

At a high school in Scranton, Pa., Wednesday, President Obama exhorted Republicans in Congress to extend the pay roll tax cut. He said putting money in the pockets of working people is more important than partisan politics.
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Iowa Drainage Ditch To Be Renamed

The West Drainage Ditch is the name of the creek that runs through Kalona, Iowa. Not the most appealing name, but a local newspaper editor is exploring plans to change the name. The city council has embraced the idea of putting the naming rights up for auction on eBay.
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Boeing, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Deal

Boeing and the International Association of Machinists have reached a tentative deal that would extend the contract for four years and end Boeing's dispute with the National Labor Relations Board. If approved, the agreement would mean that a new version of the popular 737 model would be built by union workers in Washington state, and that the new 787 model could be assembled in South Carolina, which is a right-to-work state.
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Competitor Permitted To Sell Lipitor Generic

Drugmaker Pfizer lost the patent on its blockbuster drug Lipitor on Wednesday. And on the same day, regulators granted an Indian company approval to sell a generic version of the cholesterol drug in the U.S. market.

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