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Tracking bank account information could help curb tax evasion, but there's pushback

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 4:15pm

The Biden administration hopes to help fund its agenda by cracking down on tax evasion, spotting cheats using account information from banks. It's drawing opposition from GOP lawmakers and banks.

They didn't pay rent and stole the fridge. Pandemic spawns nightmare tenants

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 5:08am

Some landlords got hurt by tenants who took advantage of eviction bans during the pandemic. Now they can't get any help from a massive $47 billion federal rental assistance program.

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Boo! Where are the Halloween costumes?

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 4:56pm

Add Halloween costumes to the list of items that are hard to find this year. Parents are scrambling and coming up with creative ideas to try to get their families decked out for the spooky day.

Why people have been quitting their jobs in record numbers recently

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 4:43pm

A record 4.3 million workers in America quit their jobs in August. Some share their stories and an economist explains what this means for the U.S. economy.

The Federal Reserve imposes new restrictions on investments after trading controversy

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 4:37pm

The Federal Reserve is adopting new restrictions on investments after active trading last year by two regional Fed bank presidents drew criticism.

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How the housing crisis collides with public health

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 4:08pm

Did the eviction moratorium work to slow COVID? When people can't afford rent, they often end up in closer quarters. During a pandemic, that increases the risk of viral transmission.

Why people in Houston struggle to pay bills more than people in other major cities

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 5:11am

Paying bills during the pandemic can be difficult. A survey by NPR, Harvard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found of the four largest U.S. cities, Houston feels the crunch the worst.

Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, is a city with 2 identities — that often clash

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 5:36pm

Jackson, Miss., is a city with two identities. There's the part which is more than 80% Black, led by a mayor who wants to make it "the most radical city on the planet." Then there's the state capital.

Dollar stores have boomed during the pandemic, which concerns some communities

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 5:19pm

NPR's Sarah McCammon talks with Brian Vines, a reporter for Consumer Reports, about the current popularity in dollar stores and why it has some communities worried.

Black and Latino families are bearing the weight of the pandemic's economic toll

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 4:39pm

Even with government assistance and other efforts, more than 55% of Black and Latino households reported serious financial problems, compared with 29% of white households.

Why are so many Americans quitting their jobs?

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 6:30am

Americans are exiting their employers' doors and Zoom meetings in droves. In fact, 2.9% of the entire workforce quit their jobs in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Behind-the-scenes workers in Hollywood avert a strike

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 5:05am

Crew members in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have reached a deal. A strike would have shut down much of the film and TV production across the country.

What's at stake as Biden decides whether to stick with Jerome Powell as Fed chief

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 5:00am

President Biden has a big decision to make: Whether to reappoint Jerome Powell to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman or choose someone else for one of the world's most powerful economic jobs.

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China's economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 1:25am

The world's second-largest economy grew by a weaker-than-expected 4.9% over a year ago in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter's 7.9%, government data showed on Monday.

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High schoolers are training to drive 18-wheelers amid a shortage of truck drivers

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 7:00am

The trucking industry is short 68,000 drivers. By 2028, industry officials fear the number could jump to more than 100,000. A California high school allows seniors to learn trucking skills.

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Why the U.S. is so unique in how it handles its debt

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 4:37pm

Showdowns over the debt ceiling are basically an American tradition. But it wasn't always this way. The debt limit was originally supposed to make it easier for the government to spend money.

Floods threaten to shut down a quarter of U.S. roads and critical buildings

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 4:34pm

A new report says floods could shut down a quarter of the country's critical facilities like airports, hospitals, government buildings, and schools — and the roads that take you there.

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Among the country's supply chain problems? Bottlenecking at ports like Long Beach

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 4:34pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Mario Cordero, the executive director for the Port of Long Beach, about the bottleneck at ports.

The 'Pandora Papers' expose the secret financial dealings of the global elite

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 1:35pm

Greg Miller of The Washington Post is part of the team that sifted through millions of documents to reveal how dictators, oligarchs, drug dealers and others hide assets in secret accounts.

Port bottlenecks have repercussions for U.S. industries and consumers

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 7:20am

NPR's A Martinez speaks with Frank Ponce De Leon, a coast committeeman with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union in Los Angeles, about the effects of supply chain issues.