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Rockford, Ill., Shuts Off Streetlights To Save Money

Guy Raz speaks with Corina Curry, a reporter at the Rockford Register Star, about the streetlight removal program in Rockford, Ill. In order to close a budget gap, the city is turning off 2,400 — or 15 percent — of the city's streetlights. The move is supposed to save the city half a million dollars, but residents have complained about its effect on public safety.
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American Dream For Middle Class: Just A Dream?

A recent report by the research project found that one in three Americans raised in the middle class fall out of it as adults. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Erin Currier of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility Project about pressures on the American middle class.
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Middle Class Life Further Away For Next Generation

Over the last three decades, the gap between the very rich and the very poor has grown exponentially. In the yawning middle is a group for whom it's getting harder and harder to stay in place economically. Host Audie Cornish speaks with two generations of a middle-class family that face drastically different financial futures.
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Will China Step In To Aid Europe?

There's one country on which the European Union has been pinning its hopes: China. Twice in the last two weeks, European leaders have asked China for major financial help. NPR's Frank Langfitt talks to host Audie Cornish about China's reaction.
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Greek PM's Status Looms Over Coalition Talks

After a week of political turmoil in Greece that threatened the fate of the eurozone, Prime Minister George Papandreou is deadlocked with his major opposition rival in trying to form a coalition government. The increasingly unpopular prime minister has not yet announced his promised resignation, keeping the political world on tenterhooks.
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Oil Lobby Pumps Up To Impress Super Committee

The super committee in Congress is racing to find places to cut more than a trillion dollars out of the nation's deficit by Thanksgiving. The oil industry fears that ending its tax breaks may be one way the super committee will decide to raise revenue. That's spurred Big Oil's lobbying machine to work overtime.
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'Farmville' Makers Putting Stock In Virtual Goods

Zynga is a company that makes money by selling nothing. Or, to be precise, by selling imaginary things — like tractors that plow farms on Facebook. Zynga is America's first "virtual goods" company to file for an initial public offering, but how real is the company's value?

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