Economy

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with T.J. Bray, a steelworker at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis where President Trump said he saved over 1,000 jobs. Last month, Carrier told the state that 600 people will be laid off, and those jobs will be transferred to Mexico.

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Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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What Uber's Leadership Change Means For Diversity In Tech

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to tech industry recruiter and consultant Y-Vonne Hutchinson about the resignation of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and the message it sends to Silicon Valley.

Morning Edition

Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters

Some critics say Vornado Realty Trust should recuse itself from bidding on the project because of its financial relationship to the president and his family.

Facebook Changes Its Mission With Announcement About Groups

Facebook has nearly 2 billion users. But that's not enough. Now, in an effort to go deep, not just wide, the company will focus on users' activity levels.

Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period, scheming to sell "discounted" travel packages.

Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

To slaughter 2 million birds per week, Costco is contracting poultry farmers. But this requires a major financial investment from small producers, and the payoff may not be guaranteed.

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CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.

FCC Takes Up Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

Boston’s 2 Sides: How The City Can Have A Booming Innovation Economy And Widening Inequality

June 9, 2016
The gap between the rich and the poor is a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its booming innovation economy -- and its growing number of people struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder. Here's construction in the heart of South Boston’s Innovation District in March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’s a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its innovation economy and its number of people struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Makers Versus Takers: The Financialization Of American Business

June 7, 2016

Business reporter Rana Foroohar on the “financialization of America” and what the consequences could be.

Economists Caught Off Guard By A Weak Jobs Report

June 3, 2016
Hundreds of Verizon workers strike outside of the telecommunications company's Brooklyn offices on April 13, 2016 in New York City. Some officials are blaming the strike in part for weaker than anticipated job gains in May. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Labor Department reported just 38,000 new jobs in May, far fewer than most economists predicted.

IMF Post On Neoliberalism Raises Questions About Organization’s Policies

June 3, 2016
The International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (Flickr/Creative Commons, @World Bank Photo Collection).

Posts on the website of the International Monetary Fund do not usually go viral, but one did this week.

U.S. Economy Adds A Paltry 38,000 Jobs In May

June 3, 2016
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands on Wall Street and Exchange Streets on December 21 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wall Street fell today upon news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

Thomas Frank On Mass. Democrats And The Innovation Economy

May 31, 2016
An Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. In his new book, Thomas Frank argues the innovation economy has worsened economic disparity in the U.S. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In his new book, journalist Thomas Frank offers a passionate critique of Massachusetts Democrats and the booming economy they’ve helped create.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh On Unions, Affordable Housing, Gun Violence

May 26, 2016

It’s been a busy month for the mayor of Boston.

The Spending Race Between Japan And China On Global Infrastructure

May 26, 2016
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not seen) during a bilateral meeting on May 24, 2016 in Shima, Japan. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Japan is touting a new $200-billion infrastructure plan, while China has been heavily investing across Asia and Africa.

Boston’s Walsh Earmarks $7.5M For Affordable Housing Program

May 24, 2016
Housing in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood (Soe Lin/Flickr)

The aim of the loan program is to keep people from being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods.

What Long-Term Contracts With Canadian Hydropower Would Mean For Mass.

May 24, 2016

A long-awaited bill was unveiled Monday by House lawmakers. It requires long-term contracts with hydropower and offshore wind projects.

In The Age Of Texting And Tinder, Is Dating Dead?

May 23, 2016
A young couple takes a stroll in New York City in 1961. (Dan Grossi/AP)

Workers are told that they have to be “flexible” in their careers, that they should expect nothing more than short-term gigs in the current job market. So, is it any surprise that they bring the same approach to the dating market?

Searching For The Shrinking Middle Class In Worcester

May 23, 2016
Worcester City Hall. (Jason Ouellet for Destination Worcester/Flickr)

The changing dynamics of Worcester can lend insight into why it’s so complicated to move into the middle-class in the U.S.

The Politics Of Home Ownership

May 23, 2016
In his book, “No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community & Politics of Home Ownership,” Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn't necessarily pan out.

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn’t necessarily pan out

Fewer Business Startups Are Based In Small Towns And Rural Areas

May 23, 2016
Silicon Valley's capital city San Jose, California as seen in this aerial photo is undergoing an urban development revolution calculated to keep it as the thriving heart of a region renowned for technological innovation. (Helene Labriet-Gross/AFP/Getty Images)

New research found that startup growth remains primarily based in areas like California’s Silicon Valley.

What Would Be The Impact Of A June Interest Rate Hike?

May 23, 2016
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning of December 14, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

There are more signs today that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates at its June meeting.

Good Gig? New Employment Proposals For Contract Workers Could Make It Better

May 23, 2016

The gig economy — perhaps best embodied by companies like Uber and Lyft — may account for less than 1 percent of the workforce. But, it has sparked a debate over what’s fair to those making a living outside typical employment relationships.

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