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The Long, Winding Road Back From Unemployment

In January 2011, six unemployed people in St. Louis, Mo. began recording audio diaries for the year-long series "The Road Back To Work." NPR's Tamara Keith chronicled their triumphs and struggles. Casaundra Bronner found a job in March 2011 after a year unemployed.
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Amazon Agrees To Pay Virginia Sales Tax

Thanks to an agreement between Virginia lawmakers and the online retailer Amazon, residents of  the commonwealth will now have to pay 5 percent sales tax on all purchases.


Jobless Claims Stay At Four-Year Low

Economists thought there might have been a slight increase. Instead, it's another sign of a healthier labor market.
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Funding For Public Broadcasting In Virginia May Be Saved

Funding for public broadcasting in Virginia may not disappear completely after all, under a budget amendment approved by state senators.


Budget Watchdog To Candidates: Back Up Tough Talk

A new report from a bipartisan group warns that with the exception of Ron Paul's plan, the GOP candidates' economic proposals would likely worsen the nation's debt problem. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget also says the candidates need to spell out specific cuts rather than offering vague targets.

Obama's Corporate Tax Cut Plan Faces Uphill Battle

President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's corporate tax system would sharply cut the taxes that U.S. companies pay. But it would also eliminate many of the loopholes that help them pare down what they owe.

With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected

Big banks and other large investors are buying up tens of thousands of foreclosed rental properties across the country. According to tenants and regulators, they're not model landlords. Some fail to follow housing codes, leaving tenants to live without even a number to call in the most dire situations.