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Small Businesses And Retail Space

Most urbanites say they'd rather see more locally owned shops and fewer chain stores in their neighborhood. But the reality is that local businesses have trouble competing with national chains when it comes to leasing retail space.

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Euro Currency Still Faring Well, For Now

Despite the persistence of the European financial crisis, the euro has held up relatively well since the crisis began. While the currency has lost some value against the dollar, its performance has defied ongoing speculation that the currency union is doomed. But can it last?
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Episode 385: How Good Governments Go Bad

As citizens lose trust in their lawmakers, they jockey for special treatment — and often get it. That just compounds the problem, argues University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales.
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Struggling Michigan City Privatizes Public Schools

The emergency manager in Muskegon Heights, Mich., announced on Monday that he's turning over the entire school district to a for-profit charter operator. Like many struggling districts in the state, Muskegon Heights is low-performing and deeply in debt. Unlike the others, though, the elected school board voted for the emergency manager. Now, will they and the public support privatizing the public schools?
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'Vultures' Swoop In For Deals In Debt-Ridden Spain

Bargain-seeking investors known as "vultures" are circling Madrid, hoping a shakeout of the banking sector will yield deals at rock-bottom prices. As a condition of Spain's bailout, banks need to get rid of toxic assets such as devalued properties — even if it means taking a loss.
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Cycle Of Poverty Hard To Break In Poorest U.S. City

Tens of millions of Americans are still struggling, despite the slow economic recovery. In Reading, Pa., the nation's poorest city, local nonprofit Opportunity House provides a lifeline for families trying to stay afloat by offering day care, housing and other assistance. But many in Reading are still left behind.
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Poverty In The U.S. By The Numbers

Poverty in America is on the rise. Here's a breakdown of the more than 46 million poor Americans still struggling despite the slow economic recovery.

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