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Austerity Deal Spurs Backlash In Greece

Melissa Block speaks with economist Elena Panaritis — a member of the Greek parliament and an economic adviser to Prime Minister Loukas Papademos — about her vote for the Greek austerity deal and the vehement backlash against it.

Natural Gas Boom Energizing The Chemical Industry

Chemical companies are the latest beneficiaries of natural gas drilling booms across the country, especially near the Marcellus Shale region in the Northeast. The ethane-rich gas there is providing a cheap resource, prompting chemical companies to build new plants, expand existing ones and even reopen shuttered facilities.

Income, More Than Race, Is Driving Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between black and white students has narrowed significantly over the past 50 years. The gulf between rich and poor students, however, has widened dramatically. Several studies suggest that family income serves as a better predictor of school success.
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Backlash Over Eurozone Austerity Measures

The Dutch government falls and Spain slips back into recession. Fallout from German-imposed austerity measures and new concerns over eurozone economies

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Gray Lauds Obama's Push For D.C. Budget Autonomy

A provision in Obama's proposed 2013 budget calls for D.C. to spend its local tax dollars without having to go through Congress.

Greek Protesters Rally Against Drastic Cuts

Greece's capital city was in flames Sunday night as thousands of Greeks rioted over proposed austerity measures. Despite the violence, Greek lawmakers signed off on the measures as part of a bailout deal to save the country from a chaotic default. European leaders now need to approve the deal.

Natural Gas Prices Plunge, Hurting Wyoming's Budget

Wyoming's decade-long economic boom has been driven by the extraction of coal and natural gas. But now there's a glut of natural gas and prices have plummeted. That is stalling the local economy and slicing state tax revenues.