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Economist says early childhood education spending has big payoff

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Economist Arthur Rolnick says we're under-investing in our most vulnerable kids, and that paying for early childhood programs is not just morally right, it's economically smart. Rolnick believes it's the very best public investment we can make.

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As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector Shines

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The loss of jobs has stung as the coal industry has declined. Renewable power — especially solar — is now where the jobs are. Solar jobs outnumber those in coal, but coal jobs pay more.

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In His Post-Fed Life, Bernanke Talks Taxes, Trump And Partisan Perceptions

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Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discusses the contradictory partisan divide in people's views of the economy, the economy's health and the problem of those left behind by economic change.

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Last-Minute Budget Deal Reached Before Government Shutdown Deadline

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The bipartisan plan would keep the government open through the fiscal year. And, President Trump made a phone call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to talk about North Korea.

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GDP Grew Just 0.7 Percent In First Quarter Of 2017

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The Commerce Department report indicates the slowest economic growth in three years.

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Rhode Island Sends Out Double Tax Rebates

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The Rhode Island Department of Revenue mistakenly mailed out duplicate tax refund checks. The extra checks went to about 500 people and total more than $360,000. But only one of each can be cashed.

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Congress Likely To Avoid Government Shutdown (At Least For Another Week)

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Now that President Trump has dropped demands on border wall funding and health care, negotiators on Capitol Hill look back on track to fund the government until they work out other sticking points.

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Cord-Cutting Leads ESPN To Target On-Air Personalities In Massive Layoffs

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ESPN has lost 10 million subscribers since 2011. Today, to cut costs, the sports network is expected to lay off 100 employees. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal.

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Shutdown Averted: White House Backs Down On Health Care Demands

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The White House appears to be backing down on multiple demands that were threatening a partial government shutdown, including withholding subsidies to help low-income people under Obamacare.

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Trump Administration Calls For 'Massive' Tax Cut

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President Trump spelled out his opening bid in what's likely to be a lengthy debate over tax policy. Trump wants what he calls a "massive" cut in tax rates, but even some Republicans warn that could balloon the federal deficit.

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