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Ford, UAW Reach Agreement On New Contract

Ford and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. As part of the deal, Ford announced it will hire 5,750 additional workers in the U.S. The deal also includes $6,000 signing bonuses. But entry-level workers will be hired at around $7 an hour, far less than the average wage for veteran UAW workers.
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Massive Observatory Provides A Look Back

Guy Raz interviews Alison Peck, deputy project scientist for ALMA — the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array project in Chile. ALMA is expected to be the world's biggest and most powerful observatory in the world.
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Group Pushes For Corporate Tax Holiday

A group called Win America is pushing the government to allow companies to repatriate hundreds of billions of dollars in cash parked in offshore accounts. Normally, that money would be subject to a tax rate of up to 35 percent. But lobbyists are hoping to strike a deal that would temporarily lower the rate to about 5 percent. Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine published an article that shows how dozens of former congressional aides are part of this effort to help major corporations secure a massive tax break. Guy Raz talks to Jesse Drucker, an investigative reporter for Bloomberg.
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Fed Chief Testifies On Capitol Hill

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday that the recovery has been much weaker than expected. He went on to say that Congress also has a role to play in getting the economy back on track. He said fostering healthy growth "is a shared responsibility."
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Farm Bill: Direct Payments To Farmers May Dry Up In 2012

While many farmers and politicians acknowledge it's time to end direct payments to farmers, many argue that crop insurance payments are still needed to help them hedge their bets against the next big disaster.
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U.S. Regulators Promise Oversight Of Offshore Drilling Contractors

Nearly 18 months after a disastrous oil spill killed wildlife and endangered businesses along the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government announces it will regulate not only the operators of offshore oil rigs, but the contractors who work on them, as well.
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'Occupy Wall Street' Protests Gain Wider Ground

More than 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend at an 'Occupy Wall Street' protest. The movement began in New York as a reaction to what organizers call corporate greed. The demonstrations have spread to other cities like Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Michel Martin hears from WNYC Reporter Arun Venugopal and 'Occupy Wall Street' protestor Kyle Christopher.
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As States Cut Court Budgets, Who Pays The Price?

As many states are coping with diminished budgets, they're slashing funding to court systems. This has led to delays in traffic hearings, divorce proceedings and other issues affecting everyday Americans. Some analysts are worrying about states' abilities to dispense justice. Michel Martin speaks with Mary McQueen of the National Center for State Courts.

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