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New Efforts To Address America's Growing Addiction Crisis

Tens of thousands of Americans are dying each year from overdoses from prescription pain killers and heroin. We discuss new local, state and federal efforts to stem the epidemic.

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As Oil Plummets, Cheap Jet Fuel Means Better Travel Deals

Cheap oil doesn't just mean cheaper gas prices; it also means cheaper jet fuel. That's led to a big drop in airfares. It's good news for travelers — and for airlines, which have struggled for years.
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Wall Street Has Another Brutal Day, As Stock Prices Plummet

Fears about slowing global growth have sent the Dow Jones industrial average down by about 10 percent this month since the start of the year.
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Gun Stocks Up, But Activists Move To Expand Anti-Investment Push

Instead of pushing for new gun laws, anti-gun activists want supporters to pull big gun retailers like Wal-Mart from their investment portfolios. But experts say it might not be effective.
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Despite Slower Growth, China's Economy Is Undergoing Major Changes

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Yukon Huang, senior associate in the Asia program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about how China's economy is changing.
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In Oklahoma, Low Energy Prices Drive State Budget Crisis

Low energy prices are good for consumers but bad for some businesses — and the states that rely on them. Oklahoma lawmakers say there may be a "revenue failure" soon. The state has a $900 million budget hole.
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Once Upon A Time, Congress Cut Deficits; Now CBO Says That's Over

Back in the old days, say 2011, political leaders talked about, and acted upon, worries involving federal borrowing. But a new CBO report shows deficits surging — even as political attention drifts.
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Analysis Of The Last Democratic Presidential Debate Before Iowa And New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley face off in another Democratic presidential debate. It's the last one before the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Debate analysis and commentary.

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IMF Lowers Its Growth Forecast For The Global Economy

Advanced economies are doing OK, but a sharp slowdown is plaguing much of the developing world, the IMF's latest report says.
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Is Virginia's Legislature Ready To Take On The Car-Title Lending Industry?

The Republican-led legislature previously has resisted efforts to overhaul the industry, but so far this year seems different.

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