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How Rural Farming Communities Are Fighting Economic Decline

The tiny farming town of Brookfield, Mo., isn't what it used to be. But local leaders are looking to revive it by encouraging small businesses and tempting young residents to stay in town.
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FACT CHECK: Clinton Lays Out Economic Plan In Contrast To Trump

Clinton argued that her plan would boost the middle class while Trump's plan "would give trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, and Wall Street money managers."
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In Battle Of Health Care Titans, Should Insurers Act Like Walmart?

Evidence shows dominant insurers hold down hospital prices. Big insurers seeking to get bigger want to take that idea to the extreme. Hospitals and doctors object.
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Working 'The Chain,' Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries

Workers at American slaughterhouses and meat processing plants perform thousands of repetitive motions every day. The work often lead to invisible, yet painful and lasting injuries to their bodies.
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Retired Professor Tries To Teach Robots To Sew Clothes

Atlanta company SoftWear is trying to create a robot that can sew. If the project succeeds, it could have a huge effect on the global economy, and clothing manufacturing could return to the U.S.
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Rep. Dingell Presses Clinton To Talk More About Trade Issues

Hillary Clinton addresses the economy in a speech on Thursday. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell, who represents Michigan's12th district, who says trade is a big issue there.
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China Angered By Britain's Delay In Approving Nuclear Power Deal

China warns Britain to stop delaying a nuclear power plant deal, which it says could cost the country future Chinese investment. Britain's new prime minister wants to examine the project.
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There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

With rising home prices and low interest rates, Americans are spending a record amount of money fixing up their kitchens, bathrooms and man-caves. But a lack of skilled workers is limiting the boom.
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In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions. But the strike ultimately failed, and workers today face the same problem: growers who systematically underpay.
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Fines For Meat Industry's Safety Problems Are 'Embarrassingly Low'

Slaughterhouses, while safer than decades ago, are some of the country's most hazardous workplaces. They are fined by the government for safety violations, but those fines may not be big enough.

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