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Tenn. Workers Vote To Reject Union At VW Plant

Workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga have dealt a blow to organized labor in the South. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Blake Farmer about the close vote.

Tenn. VW Workers Reject Move To Join Union

The issue of union representation at a plant that produces Passat sedans has drawn comments from a senator and President Obama. The UAW sees the plant as a chance to gain needed momentum in building up its membership.

With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks

Ever since Colorado and Washington legalized pot, banks have been in an awkward position. Would a bank risk being targeted by federal prosecutors for doing business with people whose primary business is selling marijuana? On Friday, the Treasury Department eased the confusion by releasing new guidelines for the banking industry.

Feds Clear Banks To Do Business With Budding Pot Industry

The departments of Treasury and Justice signal that banks can work with the legal marijuana industry without fearing prosecution for such crimes as money laundering.
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Diasporas Reinvesting In Their Home Countries

The Washington region is home to several large diaspora communities. During a recent trip to Africa, Kojo spoke with two members of D.C.'s Ethiopian diaspora who are focused on investment opportunities inside of the country where they grew up.


Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will provide electricity to 140,000 homes.

Jos. A. Bank To Buy Eddie Bauer

Clothing chain Jos. A. Bank announced Friday it has agreed to buy casual sportswear maker Eddie Bauer for $825 million in a cash and stock deal. This acquisition comes in the midst of ongoing, hostile efforts by Jos. A. Bank and its main competitor Men's Wearhouse to buy each other.

Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'

Matchmaking apps like Tinder can help people find potential dates quickly, but sometimes efficiency isn't the best way to find true love.

Report: Burning Natural Gas Is Better Than Using Coal

Methane is both a fuel and a potent greenhouse gas. A study in Science magazine suggests that about 50 percent more methane is leaking into the atmosphere than official estimates suggest. Even so, they conclude that it's better for the environment to switch electricity generation from coal power plants to those that burn methane.

Businesses Face Challenges This Valentine's Day

Because of bad weather, the sheriff in Oconee County, Georgia, officially postponed Cupid's holiday. In Detroit, a flower shop owner used a drone to deliver a bouquet. He got a call from the FAA.