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Boeing Says It Will Close Wichita Plant That Employs 2,160 Workers

The Boeing Corp. says it will shut down the company's Wichita facility, which specializes in maintaining and modifying its commercial planes for military or government use. The plant, which has 2,160 employees, is slated to close by the end of 2013.

When 'Budget' Foods Start To Eat Away At The Wallet

The cost of budget-friendly foods like ground beef, potatoes, and eggs soared 10 percent over the past year, pinching household budgets even harder. Blame bad weather, export competition, and the fact that more people are cooking at home to save money. This year may be a bit better, but not much.

Charities Predict A Slight Increase In 2012 Donations

Charitable giving has been down since the recession hit. But there are signs that things are starting to look up — if only a little. Meanwhile, non-profits are fine-tuning their fundraising appeals.
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Hearings On Gov. McDonnell's Budget This Week

Those hoping to weigh in on Gov. Bob McDonnell's $85 billion budget for Virginia can have their say at public hearings in Fairfax later this week.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Going On The Offensive

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation published a new report which seeks to counter the claims the increased environmental regulations in the area have a negative effect on jobs and the economy.


Fed Will Now Publicly Forecast Interest-Rate Changes

The Fed hopes by giving the market some foresight, it can better manage expectations.

Housing Rebound In 2012?

The U.S. has gone through five years of foreclosed homes, vacant subdivisions and houses worth less than the owner's mortgage. Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax discuss whether predictions of a turnaround in the housing market are realistic or just new year optimism.

Raising The Minimum Wage: Who Does It Help?

The new year brings an increase in the minimum wage in a number of places around the country, including Washington state, which now boasts the nation's highest statewide rate: $9.04 an hour. But the increase has rekindled an old debate over whether minimum wages make sense — especially at a time of high unemployment.