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Program Offers Low-Income Families Car Loans

A new program is helping low-income families buy or repair used cars.
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Tough Cuts In Portugal May Be Exacting High Toll

Portugal saw a spike in its death rate this winter, mostly among the elderly. The government blames the rise on a nasty flu strain. But critics say austerity measures are at least partly to blame, the result of higher medical fees and transportation costs.
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Virginia Ranks Third In Economic Competitiveness

Virginia ranks high in a national ranking of states and their economic competitiveness.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Three Secret Service employees will leave the agency amid the fallout from the Colombian prostitution sex scandal; American consumer spending was higher-than-expected in March, but existing home sales fell, raising fears about a stalling recovery; and the Environmental Protection Agency issued new air pollution rules for hydraulic fracturing. Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal, and Michael Scherer of TIME magazine join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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We Stand At The Doorstep Of A Foreclosed House. Then We Go In

We tag along with a real estate agent whose job is to investigate a foreclosed house in Florida.
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Welfare Overhaul's Impact On America's Poorest

New York Times reporter Jason DeParle recently traveled to Arizona, where many people have been dropped from the welfare program. Republican leaders now want to apply the changes made to the welfare program to other aspects of the social safety net, such as Medicaid and food stamps.

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