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The History Of Factory Jobs In America, In One Town

Greenville County in South Carolina is where manufacturing's past and future live side by side. In South Carolina, and throughout America, factories produce more than ever. Yet in Greenville, there are abandoned textile mills everywhere you look.
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Maryland Assembly Prefers Gas Tax To Sales Tax

Governor Martin O'Malley caused a stir on the first day of Maryland's General Assembly in 2012, when he suggested that an increase in the sales tax was an alternative to raising gas taxes.


Romney's Success Sparks GOP Debate Over Capitalism

An interesting thing has happened on the way to the GOP presidential nomination: A fight has broken out over the meaning of capitalism. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is drawing bright lines between private equity and industrialists. He sees it as the difference between looters and inventors.
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GovExec: Disability Hiring Within the Federal Government

The federal government is stepping up its efforts to meet President Obama's commitment to hire 100,000 disabled Americans into the federal workforce.


How's The Economy? Federal Reserve Reports 'Ongoing Improvement'

The language in the central bank's "beige book" look at the economy has gotten more upbeat. It sees "modest to moderate" growth.

Fed Officials Push Changes To Housing Policy

The Federal Reserve usually worries about interest rates and inflation. But lately, Fed officials have been focusing on housing. They've been out in public, pushing measures they think will help the housing market. David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, talks to David Greene about proposed changes to mortgage financing.
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Ocean Downs Casino Shows No Profits in First Year

Despite doing nearly $45 million in business in 2010, the owner  of Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Md. says revenue is not high enough to sustain the business under the current tax structure.


The Optimists' Turn: EU's Crisis May Not Be So Bad

Some analysts say the U.S. economy has been "decoupling" from Europe for some time, and won't be significantly harmed by the recession now starting in many European countries. And some say the U.S. may not only escape Europe's troubles, but actually could be helped by the turmoil there.

Alternative Money Tools From Suze Orman, Wal-Mart

Suze Orman introduced her prepaid debit card this week, promising low fees and unlimited credit reports. And Wal-Mart is offering various financial services, such as check cashing and bill paying. Host Michel Martin and personal finance expert Alvin Hall discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these new, non-traditional options.