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Businesses In Joplin, Mo., Find Economic Opportunity

The tornado that destroyed nearly one-third of the city took out homes, schools and businesses. To mitigate the ongoing impact on the local economy, business owners and the area's Chamber of Commerce are finding ways to re-energize the local market.
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Census: D.C. Has Third-Highest Poverty Rate

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The number of Americans in poverty rose to 46 million in 2010, according to new figures from the Census Bureau released Tuesday.

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Bank Of America To Cut 30,000 Jobs, Trim Expenses

Bank of America says it will eliminate 30,000 jobs over the next few years. Officials say the cuts could save the bank as much as $5 billion. The Charlotte-based bank is trimming costs to deal with mortgage losses, mounting lawsuits and a stock price that has shed half its value in just 12 months.
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When Cutting Spending, Panel Encouraged To 'Go Big'

The 12 members of the congressional supercommittee tasked with cutting at least $1.2 trillion from the deficit meet in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. The bipartisan panel is getting pressure to cut even more. This comes as President Obama is asking Congress to fast-track his jobs bill.
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Georgia Banks Aren't Peachy, Lead U.S. Failure Rate

As the economy has faltered over the past several years, the number of bank failures has grown. Nowhere is the problem more pronounced than in Georgia. Since 2008, 70 banks have failed there. That's almost a quarter of all banks in the state.
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Investors Want Bold Steps Taken Against Debt Crisis

Markets in Europe began the week lower on concerns Greece could be edging closer to default. Investors continue to show little confidence in European leaders' abilities to overcome the sovereign debt crisis.
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The Road Back To Work: Randy Howland

Randy Howland, 51, was recently let go from a $10 an hour customer service job he had taken after 17 months of searching for work. Now, his search begins anew. Howland has a master's degree in telecommunications but it hasn't helped him find a job.

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