Business

4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Business

North Dakota Farmer Finds Major Oil Spill

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a major oil spill.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Web Glitches Hinder Mississippians Signing Up For Insurance

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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JEFFREY HESS, BYLINE: I'm Jeffrey Hess in Jackson, Mississippi which is one of the 34 states letting the federal government take the lead in establishing a health insurance exchange. Heavy web traffic and software problems have made it nearly impossible to use the new web site since it opened last week.

MEREDITH STARK: Why I keep trying is because this is something we need.

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Politics

Reason For Optimism? Two Sides Talking On Debt Ceiling

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's sort out the talks over the partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who's on the line. Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning.

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2:58am

Fri October 11, 2013
Around the Nation

The Shutdown News Isn't All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:16 am

Mariluisa and Andrea Caricchia traveled 6,000 miles from Italy to spend their honeymoon at the Grand Canyon. Instead, they are exploring tribal land.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the government shutdown, but tourists determined to see it can take in views from reservation land. The Hualapai Tribe owns Grand Canyon West, where visitors can venture onto a Plexiglas horseshoe walkway that stretches out over the chasm below.

On the east side of the Grand Canyon, visitors are flocking to the Navajo Nation, where Nita Rodriguez gives a tour.

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4:40pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Salt

Starbucks Pours Money, And Health Hype, Into Pricey Juice

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 3:17 pm

Starbucks'-owned Evolution Fresh says its method of processing juice delivers more of the flavor and nutrients of raw fruits and vegetables.
Courtesy of Starbucks

Most Americans don't get the 4 to 6.5 cups of fruits and vegetables we're supposed to consume every day, per government guidelines. But companies that make juice, especially high-end, "fresh" juice, are ready to come to our rescue.

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3:17pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Salt

Catcher In The Fry? McDonald's Happy Meals With A Side Of Books

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 5:12 pm

SerrNovik iStockphoto.com

Fast-food giant McDonald's is set to become a publishing giant as well — at least temporarily. For two weeks next month, McDonald's says it will oust the toys that usually come in its Happy Meals and replace them with books it has published itself.

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2:16pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Parallels

If You Think Wealth Disparity Is Bad Here, Look At Russia

Prospective clients walk past yachts during the Millionaire Boat Show at the Royal Yacht Club in Moscow on Sept. 3, 2011. A new report says Russia has the highest rate of inequality in the world – barring some small Caribbean islands.
Sergei Karpukhin Reuters /Landov

1:00pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Parks Shutdown Saps $750 Million In Visitor Spending

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:28 pm

A hiker gazes 3,000 feet down to the Colorado River at Toroweap Overlook in Grand Canyon National Park. A parks advocacy group says the Grand Canyon region has lost 120,000 visitors and $11 million in visitor spending since the government shutdown began.
Courtesy of Wanda Gayle

An estimated 7 million people have been shut out at 12 of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks, costing parks and nearby communities about $76 million in lost visitor spending for each day the partial government shutdown drags on.

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12:41pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Treasury Secretary: Debt Default Would Have Dire Consequences

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 1:49 pm

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged lawmakers on Thursday to raise the government's borrowing limit or face the prospect of causing lasting damage to the U.S. economy.

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12:33pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

After White House Meeting, Both Sides Agree To Keep Talking

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:48 pm

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Susan Walsh AP
This post was last updated at 7:19 p.m. ET.

After an hour-long meeting with President Obama, Republicans said they have agreed to keep talking, in hopes of bridging a gulf that has already led to a government shutdown and is threatening the first default in U.S. history.

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