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Tennessee Gov. Haslam Proposes Modest Tax Cuts

With no income tax, Tennessee lives and dies by the sales tax. Revenues have increased each of the last 21 months, but the budget still isn't where it was five years ago. Still, Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed lowering the tax on food and trimming back the estate tax.
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Ocean City Considers Horseback Riding On Beaches

Ocean City officials are considering allowing horseback riding on its beaches in an effort to increase tourism during the off-season.


Made In The USA: Saving The American Brand

Kodak, an iconic American brand that helped build the town of Rochester, N.Y., recently filed for bankruptcy, due in part to competition from foreign manufacturers. The U.S. auto industry went through a similar upheaval a few years ago. But the Big Three are booming again, thanks to a federal bailout and restructuring. Can other American brands also be saved?

GM CEO: No Apologies For Accepting U.S. Bailout

Three years ago, General Motors was hemorrhaging money until the government decided to bail it out. Today, the company is thriving. GM's CEO Daniel Akerson talks about the resurgence.

Obama's Plan To Kick-Start Housing Market

In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a new plan for the struggling U.S. housing market. As described, the program would let responsible homeowners take advantage of record-low borrowing costs through refinancing. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the president's plans.

Other File-Sharing Sites: 'We're Not Megaupload'

The now-shuttered website's uploader rewards program paid those who put up the most-downloaded content — what might be seen as incentivizing piracy. Now, sites like MediaFire and RapidShare are trying to distance themselves from Megaupload's legal issues and make clear they don't run a similar program.

Opposing Candidates Favor Similar Economic Solution: Worker Retraining

Amid all the rancor, there is some common ground among Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and President Obama: worker retraining. It's an issue with broad political appeal, particularly in Florida where the job situation remains bleak.

Panetta Announces Impact Of Defense Cuts

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced cuts in the Pentagon budget on Thursday. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Tom Bowman for more.