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Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor

Welfare reform in the 1990s, helped slash cash benefit rolls, and yet food stamps are soaring today. One of the original architects of the reform bill says it was a success, but an official who resigned in protest of the bill says that poverty is still on the rise.
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Republicans Push To Cut Food Stamps Funding

Democrats in the region are fighting a proposal to slash billions of dollars from the federal food stamp program; Republicans say the cuts are necessary to trim the budget.

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Made In The USA: An Export Boom

Two years ago, President Obama laid out a goal to double American exports in five years. Today, American products and services are in demand around the world, but that's not the only reason the U.S. is on pace to meet Obama's goal.
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At The IMF, $430 Billion In Pledges Buys Leverage For Emerging Markets

The IMF went into this weekend's meetings with a goal of raising enough funds to deal with the European debt crisis. China, Brazil and other countries helped surpass that goal, but there's something they want in return.
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Local Economy Could Soar With Boston-Tokyo Flight

The 787 Dreamliner will make the first-ever, non-stop Boston-Tokyo flight Sunday. Boston hotels and restaurants are prepping for a jump in Japanese tourists. Another economic boost could come from Japanese corporations that may now put their North American headquarters in Massachusetts. From member station WBUR, Curt Nickisch reports on the city's "nonstop excitement."
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Million-Dollar Mansion Has A Bargain Basement Price

The historic home comes with stained-glass windows, servants' quarters and a coach house — all on one of the city's most tony streets. It'd be worth $15 million in Silicon Valley, but in Detroit, well, sometimes housing prices don't make much sense at all.
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Maryland Comptroller Advocates Later Start To School Year

Maryland state comptroller Peter Franchot took a stance that will earn him friends amongst the under-18 crowd, pushing for the school year to start after Labor Day instead of August.

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