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Panama Booms While Poor Watch From Afar

A major expansion of the Panama Canal is fueling the tiny Central American country's economy. Last year, Panama's economy grew by more than 10 percent. But with roughly one-third of the country's people living in poverty, critics say the growth is primarily benefiting a small elite.
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World Bank Selects Another American Leader

The World Bank has named Dr. Jim Yong Kim as its new president. Kim is a Korean-born American and currently the president of Dartmouth University. Kim is a health expert who doesn't have strong finance credentials. Audie Cornish talks with John Ydstie about Kim's appointment.
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Montgomery County Braces For Possible 'Doomsday Budget'

With Maryland's General Assembly no closer to calling a special session to compromise on a state budget, officials in Montgomery County are taking inventory of what the so-called "Doomsday Budget" contingency would mean for the area.

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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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