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Big Sky Country Has Lots Of Room For Optimism

Billings, Mont., has its share of natural resources. But residents attribute their ability to weather the economic storm to a diversification of services beyond oil — like agriculture, financial services and health care. "It's just a great day here in Billings," says a leader of a new library project.
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Educated And Jobless: What's Next For Millennials?

The Occupy Wall Street protests have turned a spotlight on the growing frustration among the millennial generation, a group that has suffered crushing student loan debt and high rates of unemployment. But some say inflated expectations and the lack of guidance toward "employable" majors are also keeping graduates out of work.
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Wanted: Temporary Holiday Workers

Retailers across the country are accepting applications for temporary, seasonal positions, and industry experts say the total number of hires will likely be on par with last year's totals. Scott Detrow of member station WITF visits an outlet mall in Lancaster, Pa., to see how many stores are looking for help.
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Teachers Unions Mobilize In A Fight For Their Lives

Ohio's rejection of a plan to scale back collective bargaining rights for public employees this week was a big victory for labor. In particular, it showed how important the nation's teachers unions have become beyond the classroom.
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Debt Weighs On European Politics

With the euro zone burdened by debt, the prime minister of Greece has resigned and Italy's long-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi is expected to step down as well. Guest host Linda Wertheimer checks in with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, who sums up the events of a tumultuous week in Europe.
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Unpaid Interns: Real World Work Or Just Free Labor?

Over 1 million Americans a year work as interns. About half of them are unpaid. Alex Footman was among them, working for the film Black Swan. "This really just seemed like I was just working and wasn't getting paid for it," Footman says. So he is suing for back pay.
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Obama's Trip Focuses On The Pacific

President Obama left Friday for a nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia. The president is trying to justify this long foreign excursion by saying that it will create American jobs.
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Addressing The Shortage Of Women In Silicon Valley

The problem is not only the small number of women with bachelor's degrees in computer science coming in the door; it's also the industry's inability to retain them. Women leave their technical jobs far more often than men.

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