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Companies On The Move Look For Healthy Workers

Penny-pinching CEOs are relocating businesses to places with fitter workers and lower health costs. Colorado, where adult obesity rates are low, is playing up its health advantage as it tries to lure companies to move.
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Obama Calls New Budget A 'Fiscally Responsible Blueprint'

The White House is gearing up for another round of difficult budget negotiations. Republicans are opposed to tax increases in the president's plan, while Democrats don't like its new math on entitlement benefits.
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Students Stopped The Stabbing Suspect At Texas College

The alleged attacker, 20-year-old Dylan Quick, told authorities he "has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school," according to the local sheriff's department. Fourteen people were hurt before the suspect was tackled by other students.
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Study: More Adult Pell Grant Students, Not Enough Graduating

Every year the federal government gives needy college students $34.5 billion that they don't have to pay back. More than 9 million students rely on Pell Grants. A new study says in addition to many of the students being older, much of that money is going to people who never graduate.
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Tiger At The Masters: The Juncture Of Exhilaration And Peril

When Tiger Woods tees off at Augusta National Golf Club this week, he will have overcome injuries and personal scandal. But commentator Frank Deford wonders whether a Masters win for Woods would be a comeback or his way of getting back at his detractors.
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Debt And The Modern Parent Of College Kids

How should boomers plan to pay for school when, on average, students graduate from college in the U.S. with $25,000 in debt? Ron Lieber, who writes about personal finance for The New York Times, tells Morning Edition's David Greene about planning strategies and pitfalls to avoid.
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Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Almost 1 million people are employed in construction in Texas, but many have a hard time making a living safely. The state's construction industry has the highest fatality rate in the nation, while large numbers of undocumented workers have suppressed wages and made it easy for contractors to exploit laborers.
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L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats

Amid deep budget cuts and layoffs, the nation's second-largest school district is spending $4.5 million to hire 1,000 new aides this year. The superintendent says he'd rather use the money to hire back teachers, but the shootings in Newtown, Conn., led to a change in priorities.
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Some Public Defenders Warn: 'We Have Nothing Left To Cut'

Around the country, budget cuts are bringing some federal public defenders to the breaking point. "We can't not pay the rent, and ... everything else is personnel. We can't send a computer to court," says Washington, D.C., public defender A.J. Kramer.

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