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What's Behind The Rise In Gas Prices?

Gas prices are on the rise and there's a slew of possible reasons as to why. Tensions with Iran, the Obama administration's policies, and Wall Street speculators have all been cited as factors. But it still doesn't answer why prices are increasing while U.S. demand for gasoline is going down. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's John Ydstie about some hidden factors behind the jacked up gas prices.

A Silk Road To A Greek Town's Recovery

The small Greek town of Soufli is hoping to revive a long-dead local economy, silk production, as a way to bring tourists to northeastern Greece. NPR's Joanna Kakissis profiles a father and son who have built a private museum and sell silk products.

From George Romney To Mitt, A Shrinking Tax Rate

Mitt Romney's tax returns show he pays an effective rate of just under 15 percent. His father, George, paid two to three times that rate. What one family's changing tax burden reveals about the design of the American tax code.

New Home Sales Dipped In January

But they were still up from a year earlier. And late-2011 estimates have been revised upward. So the news appears to add to signs that the housing sector is stabilizing.

Economy Bogs Down Other Issues For Young Voters

In 2008, Renee Montagne talked to Martinique Chavez, 18, at a presidential debate party in Albuquerque, N.M. At the time, Chavez was undecided but leaning towards John McCain. Four years later, we catch up with her as she prepares to graduate from college and faces a tough economy. They're joined by Martinique's 18-year-old brother Zeke, a Ron Paul supporter.

Portuguese Seeking Opportunities In Former Colonies

Like Greece, Portugal is sinking under the weight of debt, and unemployment is soaring. Unlike Greece, Portugal has former colonies rich in natural resources and in need of labor. Now, Portuguese workers are seeking visas to places such as Angola, a country rich with oil and diamonds.

Closing Time: Postal Service May Cut 35,000 Jobs

The changes could shutter 223 postal facilities and save the service $20 billion.

The Long, Winding Road Back From Unemployment

In January 2011, six unemployed people in St. Louis, Mo. began recording audio diaries for the year-long series "The Road Back To Work." NPR's Tamara Keith chronicled their triumphs and struggles. Casaundra Bronner found a job in March 2011 after a year unemployed.
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Amazon Agrees To Pay Virginia Sales Tax

Thanks to an agreement between Virginia lawmakers and the online retailer Amazon, residents of  the commonwealth will now have to pay 5 percent sales tax on all purchases.