Business

3:21am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Salt

Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:13 pm

There are about 2,000 dairy cows on Pete Olsen's fifth-generation farm in northern Nevada. A new milk processing plant is now putting pressure on Olsen and other dairy farmers to expand the size of their herds. But with the ongoing drought, farmers are struggling to get enough feed for the cows they already have.
Kirk Siegler/NPR

When Pete Olsen talks about drought on his fifth-generation dairy farm in Fallon, Nev., he's really talking about the snowpack 60 miles to the west in the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierras, Olsen says, are their lifeblood.

That is, the snowmelt from them feeds the Truckee and Carson rivers and a tangle of reservoirs and canals that make this desert bloom. Some of the highest-grade alfalfa in the world is grown here. And it makes perfect feed for dairy cows, because it's rich in nutrients.

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6:12pm

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Yellen Acknowledges Weaker Economic Data; Markets Rally

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen gestures as she testifies during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing while delivering the Federal Reserves semiannual Monetary Policy Report on Capitol Hill Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Citing "softness" in the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told a Senate panel today that the Fed will try to determine if the results are a new trend or are related to this winter's intense cold and storms. Analysts are seeing her comments as signaling a potential shift in the "tapering" of the Fed's stimulus program.

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5:46pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Around the Nation

Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 12:37 pm

New research finds that 3 out of 4 remote workers are men.
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Many people may think of a "remote worker" as a harried mom in her bathrobe or a 20-something at a coffee shop. But that image doesn't actually reflect who is working outside the office, according to a new study.

"A remote worker, someone who does most of their work outside of their employer's location, is not a woman, is not a parent and is not a Gen-Y millennial," says Cali Williams Yost, a workplace flexibility strategist and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group.

A Remote-Working Gender Gap

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5:02pm

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Delta's Frequent-Flier Rule Change May Be Sign Of Things To Come

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:16 pm

Changes to Delta's frequent-flier program may ground many SkyMiles members.
Chris O'Meara AP

The friendly skies no longer seem as inviting.

Delta Airlines announced that the miles frequent fliers earn on travel will be based more on how much they spend than how far they travel.

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4:07pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Business

Wipe Off That Mustache, Milk's Got A New Slogan

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 7:57 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

If a food label doesn't move you to make a certain food choice, maybe a good marketing campaign can. For the dairy industry, the last couple of decades has meant lots of milk mustaches on celebrities from Britney Spears to Susan Sarandon, Harrison Ford to Shaquille O'Neal. The ad showing off the milk-framed pouts and smiles, also feature two words: got milk? Well, the slogan and the milk mustaches are drying up.

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2:55pm

Thu February 27, 2014
All Tech Considered

'Rent It Out': Portlandia Spoofs The Sharing Economy

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:16 pm

In one episode of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen started a grass-roots campaign to prevent the Olympics from ever coming to Portland.
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11:36am

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Any Way It's Measured, Tesla's $5B 'Gigafactory' Is Huge

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 1:31 pm

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Just how big a deal is the "gigafactory" that Tesla Motors says it's going to build to make batteries for its electric cars?

-- It's projected to cost $5 billion between now and the year 2020. Tesla expects to invest about $2 billion. Partners — who it's rumored could include Apple and Panasonic — would invest the rest.

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11:02am

Thu February 27, 2014
Planet Money

The Price Of A Pizza In 237 U.S. Neighborhoods

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 2:44 pm

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Yesterday, we crunched thousands of pizza prices from around the country, and argued that you should always buy a bigger pizza. (And in a separate post, we presented the case against buying a bigger pizza.)

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8:54am

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Jump Up, Orders For Durable Goods Fall Off

Thursday's economic news isn't great:

-- There were 348,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, up 14,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

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7:30am

Thu February 27, 2014
Business

Tesla To Build Large-Scale Battery Factory

The company says it needs the factory to produce batteries faster and cheaper in order to build an electric car for mass market — one that can be sold for under $40,000.

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