Business

5:38pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Planet Money

Two Centuries Of Energy In America, In Four Graphs

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Until well into the 19th century, if you lived in the U.S. and wanted to heat your house, fire your forge, or whatever, you did what people had done for thousands of years: You chopped down a tree and burned it.

It wasn't until the rise of the railroads in the mid 19th-century that coal became a significant energy source in this country. As industrialization continued in the second half of the century, the use of coal continued to rise, powering heavy industry (think U.S. Steel), heating urban homes, and generating electric power.

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4:34pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Business

Postal Service Backs Off Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:19 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Turns out that Saturday first-class mail service isn't going anywhere. The Postal Service today backtracked on its decision to reduce deliveries in an effort to save money. But it says that's only because language in the bill funding the federal government currently bars such a change. As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, this means the service will be running even deeper in the red.

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3:48pm

Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Dealer Says He Doctored Most Valuable Baseball Card Ever Sold

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:17 pm

A rare example of the 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card. In 2007, one of them fetched a whopping $2.8 million.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

A judge has rejected a plea agreement from the former head of a sports memorabilia auction house who admitted to using shill bidders to drive up prices and to altering the most valuable baseball card ever sold.

William Mastro of Mastro Auctions admitted to doctoring the 1909 Honus Wagner cigarette card that was once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky. The card sold for $2.8 million in 2007.

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1:26pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Economy

How The Latest Budget Could Affect You

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:51 pm

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12:33pm

Wed April 10, 2013
The Salt

A Battle Over Antibiotics In Organic Apple And Pear Farming

Originally published on Sun April 14, 2013 11:31 am

Note: We've updated the headline on this post for the sake of clarity. To be clear, it's the apple and pear tree blossoms that get sprayed with antibiotics, not the fruit itself.

Apples and especially pears are vulnerable to a nasty bacterial infection called fire blight that, left unchecked, can spread quickly, killing fruit trees and sometimes devastating whole orchards.

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12:00pm

Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Mail Delivery After All

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:50 pm

A Chicago postal worker protests in support of Saturday mail delivery in February.
John Gress Getty Images

The U.S. Postal Service has backed off a plan to halt Saturday mail delivery, saying that Congress has forced it to continue the service despite massive cost overruns.

In a statement released Wednesday, the USPS Board of Governors said restrictive language included in the latest Continuing Resolution, which keeps the government operating until September in lieu of a budget, prevents it from going ahead with the plan.

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11:58am

Wed April 10, 2013
NPR Story

New Report On Black America Reveals 'A Tale of Two Truths'

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:08 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, can I tell you how great you look? No? Well, that's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's coming up in a few minutes.

But first, we are focusing on the economic progress or lack thereof facing African-Americans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a number of important dates in civil rights history, including the march on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.

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10:08am

Wed April 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Companies On The Move Look For Healthy Workers

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:04 am

A Denver man runs in the snow near Washington Park after a winter storm moved through town in late January.
Ed Andrieski AP

It may cost less to do business in places where there's what some people call a culture of health. And that's put Colorado, which has the lowest rates of adult obesity in the country, on the map for companies looking to relocate or expand.

Kelly Brough is making the most of it. She runs the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and she's creative about luring businesses to relocate to Colorado. She runs a "Colorado loves California" campaign, for instance.

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5:11am

Wed April 10, 2013
Around the Nation

Court: ExxonMobile Guilty In N.H. Contamination Suit

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:09 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A jury in New Hampshire has ruled that Exxon-Mobile must pay the state $236 million. The money would help clean groundwater that was contaminated with a gasoline additive known as MTBE. But as New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports, the story doesn't end there.

SAM EVANS-BROWN, BYLINE: In a little state like New Hampshire, $236 million is nothing to sneeze at.

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4:38am

Wed April 10, 2013
Business

Ford Claims Top Spot In Global Sales Race

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:20 am

The Focus is the best-selling "nameplate" worldwide, followed by the Toyota Corolla, new data shows. Ford's sales have jumped in recent years as it dropped unsuccessful models and adopted a single global manufacturing system.

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