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Will The Housing Market Bounce Back This Spring?

Foreclosure filings in March fell to their lowest level in four years. Some analysts see the market healing and turning around, yet others argue the next wave of foreclosures are just around the corner. NPR's Chris Arnold discusses how housing markets are faring across the nation.
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Immigrants Enter Work With New Skills

Hundreds of immigrants are getting a leg up in the American workforce through a vocational training program.

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'New Rules For Everyday Foodies'

George Mason University Economist Tyler Cowen talks to Steve Inskeep about his new book, An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. Cowen criticizes people he calls food snobs, but at the same time, he admits that label also applies to him.
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Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?

Conservatives like Republican Rep. Paul Ryan are using religious arguments as they push for cuts to taxes and to services for the poor. That's prompting liberals to push back, saying it goes against Jesus' command to care for the poor.
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Hoping For Payout, Investors Become Landlords

With the huge supply of foreclosed homes, the rental housing market is becoming increasingly dominated by investment companies — not the mom-and-pop operations down the street that used to fill that role. Some experts worry about what kind of landlords the companies will make.
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The Tax Man Cometh! But For Whom?

It's tax week, and many Americans are likely scrambling to get their paperwork in before Tuesday's deadline. Weekends on All Things Considered takes a look at why the top 10 percent of income earners pay 70 percent of all federal income taxes. And, is it possible to live legally without paying any taxes at all?
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Program Offers Low-Income Families Car Loans

A new program is helping low-income families buy or repair used cars.
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Tough Cuts In Portugal May Be Exacting High Toll

Portugal saw a spike in its death rate this winter, mostly among the elderly. The government blames the rise on a nasty flu strain. But critics say austerity measures are at least partly to blame, the result of higher medical fees and transportation costs.
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Virginia Ranks Third In Economic Competitiveness

Virginia ranks high in a national ranking of states and their economic competitiveness.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Three Secret Service employees will leave the agency amid the fallout from the Colombian prostitution sex scandal; American consumer spending was higher-than-expected in March, but existing home sales fell, raising fears about a stalling recovery; and the Environmental Protection Agency issued new air pollution rules for hydraulic fracturing. Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal, and Michael Scherer of TIME magazine join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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