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Back From The Breach: Moving The Federal Workforce Forward

A year after a massive cyber-breach compromised the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, Kojo talks with OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert about her agency and key issues facing the federal workforce.

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Politics In Real Life: What Wage Stagnation Looks Like For Many Americans

How the economy feels can be key in an election, and due to wage stagnation, the economic recovery doesn't feel real to many Americans, including Jennifer Kaiser of Indianapolis.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rule Would Ban Class-Action Waivers

Consumer groups say people should be able to join class actions if they feel they've been harmed. Industry groups say arbitration clauses are necessary to protect against frivolous lawsuits.
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Sanders Reminds Appalachia Voters He Has Championed Their Cause

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump will be in West Virginia on Thursday ahead of its primary on May 10. Appalachia is an important region for Sanders, who has done well among the white working class.
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Jobs Tug Of War: Kansas City Businesses Poached By Kansas, Missouri

Kansas and Missouri offer incentives to locate within their borders. Politicians call this job creation. But is it really creating a job if it came from a few miles away across the state border?
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Takata Airbag Recall Expands To 40 Million More Vehicles

Federal regulators have dramatically increased the number of vehicles to be recalled because of defective airbags made by Takata Corporation. An additional 35 to 40 million airbag inflators will need to be replaced, according to regulators. The vehicles will be recalled in five stages between now and December 2019.
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Major Chains Sports Authority, Sport Chalet Close Hundreds Of Stores

Two large sporting goods chains, Sports Authority and Sport Chalet, are in the process of closing hundreds of stores nationwide. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jim Peltz, who has been covering this story for the Los Angeles Times.
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Panama Papers Fallout Hurts A Reputation Panama Thought It Had Fixed

Panama has improved transparency in its banking and legal sectors, and its economy is a bright spot in Latin America. But the Panama Papers have hurt the country's reputation.
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How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado

Leprino's is the largest mozzarella manufacturer in the world. Now that the company is expanding, Colorado dairy farmers are beefing up their operations. The changes don't come without costs.
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$15 Minimum Wage In D.C. Could Help Low-Wage Workers Stay Afloat: Report

Raising the minimum wage in D.C. to $15 an hour would give low-wage workers an additional $329 million a year, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. The data is likely to fuel the minimum wage debate in the District this year.

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