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White House Economist: Investing In Pre-K Education Now Saves Money Later

Robert Siegel talks to Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.

Maine Employment Agency Gives Convicted Felons A Second Start

A private employment agency in Maine helps convicted felons find jobs as laborers. MaineWorks employees are much less likely to re-offend than other people with criminal records.

Obama's Call To Raise Minimum Wage Not Likely To Go Anywhere

Job market policy analysts look at the President's proposals to create jobs in his state of the union address.

Lew Criticized For Citigroup Connection During Senate Confirmation Hearing

President Obama's pick for Treasury, Jack Lew, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday for his confirmation hearing. Lew faced tough questions but is expected to be confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury.

Obama Talks American Manufacturing After State Of The Union

Carrying forward the momentum from his State of the Union speech, President Obama toured a factory in North Carolina on Wednesday and talked of making the United States "a magnet for manufacturing" in the new century. Ari Shapiro was there and joins Audie Cornish to talk about the day after the big event.

Obama's Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect

President Obama is urging Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. But other workers who make more than the minimum, currently at $7.25 an hour, could see their pay go up too as employers adjust their pay scales.

Deputy And Teacher Praised For Talking Down Alabama Gunman At School

A teacher put herself between the gunman and a group of students. Then the deputy helped negotiate a peaceful end to the dangerous situation.