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In Texas, Donkeys Abandoned By Struggling Owners

Robert Siegel speaks to Van Zandt County Sheriff R.P. "Pat" Burnett about the problem with donkeys on the loose in Texas.
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Unemployed Rely More On Family Than Government

A Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR survey shows that many people enduring long-term joblessness have been relying more heavily on friends and family than government or other safety net services to get by. Many surveyed also say that, so far, the federal government's efforts to boost the economy and job market have done more harm than good.
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Even Finish Masks Volatile Year For U.S. Economy

Stocks ended up around close to where they started the year. Markets were mostly unfazed by the U.S. debt downgrade. But big changes in the European economy and governments in the Middle East made for a tumultuous year, when what sent the market into a tailspin often took place overseas.
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When The Road Back To Work Detours

For the long-term unemployed, getting a job isn't always the end of the story. In the next installment of NPR's Road Back to Work series, we check in with Randy Howland and Jennifer Barfield who both find themselves searching for work once again.
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Was It A Good Year To Be In The Stock Market?

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the bumpy year the stock market had in 2011. And they discuss what the new year might have in store for investors.
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Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race

It's once again poised to play an important role in the presidential election, but Florida is a very different state than it was four years ago. Reeling from the housing collapse and high unemployment, voters are feeling the pinch and are angry at what's happening in Washington.
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Happy Holidays? Indeed, For Some Stuck At Work

Around half of workers said they'd be in the office during the week between Christmas and New Year's. For those who come in, it's a great time to tidy up or catch up with coworkers. And the paycheck isn't bad: "[You] need a wheelbarrow to take it to the bank," says one holiday worker.

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