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Tax Day Isn't Bad If You're Getting A Refund

The day that many dread is here: It's Tax Day. Of the 143 million federal tax returns filed last year, more than 80 percent qualified for a refund. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the economics of tax refunds.
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Did Obama's Policies Help, Or Hinder, The Economy?

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of making the recession worse. Unemployment is still high, but the president's defenders say the economy would be worse off if not for measures taken by the administration.
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One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions

To cope with the hard times, millions of families have pulled together — stacking two, three, even four generations on top of one another. An NPR series explores the lives of three multigenerational households struggling with issues of money, duty and love.
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Panama Booms While Poor Watch From Afar

A major expansion of the Panama Canal is fueling the tiny Central American country's economy. Last year, Panama's economy grew by more than 10 percent. But with roughly one-third of the country's people living in poverty, critics say the growth is primarily benefiting a small elite.
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World Bank Selects Another American Leader

The World Bank has named Dr. Jim Yong Kim as its new president. Kim is a Korean-born American and currently the president of Dartmouth University. Kim is a health expert who doesn't have strong finance credentials. Audie Cornish talks with John Ydstie about Kim's appointment.
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Montgomery County Braces For Possible 'Doomsday Budget'

With Maryland's General Assembly no closer to calling a special session to compromise on a state budget, officials in Montgomery County are taking inventory of what the so-called "Doomsday Budget" contingency would mean for the area.

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Will The Housing Market Bounce Back This Spring?

Foreclosure filings in March fell to their lowest level in four years. Some analysts see the market healing and turning around, yet others argue the next wave of foreclosures are just around the corner. NPR's Chris Arnold discusses how housing markets are faring across the nation.
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Immigrants Enter Work With New Skills

Hundreds of immigrants are getting a leg up in the American workforce through a vocational training program.

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