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To Boost Ridership, Houston Revamps Public Transit System

Over the weekend, the Houston public transit system completely changed. Every bus line, every route, everything is different. Transit officials are trying to create a better and more efficient system. The move is being watched across the country.
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W.Va. Miners Face Uncertain Future As Demand For Coal Drops

Since 2008, the average price of a ton of U.S. coal has plunged, reflecting a dramatic drop in demand for coal. The industry's decline has also inflicted huge job losses. In a rural, southwestern part of West Virginia, laid-off miners must plan for an uncertain future.
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Northwestern Football Players Lose Bid To Form First Union For Athletes

The National Labor Relations Board announced Monday it dismissed a previous ruling by a Chicago regional office in favor of the Northwestern University athletes.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Dismisses Claims In 'New York Times' Article

Bezos is pushing back against an article about the company's workplace, which said employees are often reduced to tears by harsh criticism and are encouraged to snitch on other workers to managers.
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Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country.
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DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

Like a lot of machines, tractors are increasingly run by computer software that has proprietary locks. But if farmers break those locks to fix their John Deere, they are also breaking the law.
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NLRB Denies Northwestern University Football Players' Bid To Unionize

Last year, a regional National Labor Relations Board director ruled that football players at the school could form the nation's first student-athlete union. That ruling was overturned Monday.
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U.S. Steel To End Steelmaking Operations At Storied Alabama Plant

The company is closing the blast furnace at the plant near Birmingham, which once rolled steel for ships during World War I and was the center of the city's steel industry.
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Jeff Bezos Responds To 'New York Times' Report On Amazon's Workplace

Amazon's CEO says in a memo to employees that "anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay."
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China Devaluates Currency; Multiple Effects On Global Economy

China's central bank surprised investors when it devalued its currency. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Brookings Institution's Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy.

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