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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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Will You Be Chained To A Smaller Check In Retirement?

Many economists would applaud a change in the way Social Security administrators measure inflation. But many older Americans may hiss at using something called the "chained CPI," fearing a new formula will cut their benefits in coming years.
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After Missteps, Does J.C. Penney Stand Another Chance?

After losing many customers through an unsuccessful facelift attempt by Ron Johnson, J.C. Penney will be led by former CEO Myron Ullman. One analyst says it must "embrace" its customers to recuperate, but others wonder if it can survive.
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How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse

University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately — and not just basketball. Monday's big victory by the school's men's basketball team over Michigan is just the latest success for an athletic department that is quickly becoming one of the country's most admired.
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Vermont Bests The Nation In Local Chow

Vermont tops the nation when it comes to locally produced food, according to a new ranking from the nonprofit Strolling of the Heifers. Having farmers' markets, CSA programs, and distribution systems all helps.

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