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Land Bank In Newburgh, N.Y., Tasked With Fixing Up Decay

Land banks are public entities created to revive vacant or tax-foreclosed properties. The small city of Newburgh on the Hudson River has been trying to revitalize itself using a land bank.
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Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

The idea is to basically carpet-bomb specific urban neighborhoods and rural areas with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training, with the goal of turning those areas around.
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Fastest Growing U.S. City Faces Housing Shortage

Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.
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Jobs Numbers Buoy Dow Above 17,000 For The First Time

The Dow rallied on better-than-expected news from the jobs market. The S&P also closed higher, continuing its positive run.
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In June Jobs Numbers, Signs For Optimism

The job market improved in June, as employers added 288,000 workers to their payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent. In another welcome development, the ranks of the long-term unemployed declined.
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Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags

The improving labor market in June did not translate into significant pay hikes. Wages were just 2 percent higher compared with a year ago. Consumer prices have been rising at a 2.1 percent rate.
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The Long Shadow of Childhood Poverty

Economic mobility is tough when you grow up poor and black, according to a 25-year study of a group of Baltimore students. We explore the long shadow of childhood poverty and efforts to overcome it.

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New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point?

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy discuss the latest jobs report.
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Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

June was a good month for job creation, according to the new Labor Department report. Employers added 288,000 positions to payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent.
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Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

By comparison, the U.S. is debating a raise to its minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The new German law includes several exceptions.

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