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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.
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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste — recyclers don't want them, and neither do most landfills. A new business that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream, employing former convicts in the process.
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States' Fiscal Future Starts To Look A Bit Brighter

The improved outlook comes at a painful cost: nearly 700,000 state and local government jobs lost, and significant cuts to education and other programs. And since a quarter of states' budgets come from federal funding, more problems are on the way. But the hope is that the days of crippling budget deficits are at an end.
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Fiscal Conservatives Discuss GOP Debate

Melissa Block watched Monday night's Republican debate with a small group of voters in Greenville, S.C.: three business people and two housewives. They describe themselves as fiscal conservatives, first and foremost — not social conservatives or evangelicals — and Mitt Romney's message appeals to many of them. The attacks on Romney's record at Bain Capital do not register with these voters, and they see no point in the demands for him to release his tax returns. What does interest them: business experience, less government and long-term change to tackle the debt.
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Romney Works To Shore Up Support In S.C.

With just days to go before the South Carolina primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned in Florence, S.C., Tuesday.

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