Business

6:16pm

Thu April 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Nixon's 'Western White House' Is Up For Sale

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:06 pm

President Richard Nixon's California home, seen in 1969, is back on the market for $75 million. The 10-room Spanish-style adobe is located in San Clemente.
HF AP

After owning the estate for 35 years, retired Allergan CEO Gavin S. Herbert is selling the former home of President Richard Nixon for $75 million.

The estate in San Clemente, Calif., is large. Its main residence is 9,000 square feet, and the entire compound boasts more than 15,000 square feet of living space. The Wall Street Journal has details:

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5:07am

Thu April 2, 2015
Business

Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers To Rework Religious Liberty Bill

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:08 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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4:01am

Thu April 2, 2015
Parallels

Huge Scandal At Top Of Petrobras Trickles Down, With Devastating Effect

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:14 pm

People, most of them unemployed, line up March 19 at a popular Itaborai, Brazil, restaurant where they can have lunch for about 30 cents. The Petrobras refinery and processing plant on the outskirts of town has been shut down; tens of thousands are now out of work in the area.
Vanderlei Almeida AFP/Getty Images

I meet Joao Jesus outside the local labor tribunal in the Brazilian town of Itaborai, east of Rio de Janeiro.

"This morning I wasn't able to give my kids breakfast," he says, in a way that suggests he can hardly believe it himself.

Financial crises often get spoken about in the nameless, faceless lingo of "world market downturns" or "changing patterns of consumption" — but the crisis engulfing Brazil and its state oil company, Petrobras, has names and faces.

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3:59am

Thu April 2, 2015
The Salt

When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:58 pm

Jessey Drewsen, 25, lives near the H Street Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C. She says she doesn't like the store, but that she goes there for cheap supplies like pens.
Emily Jan NPR

This is the second in a two-part story about Wal-Mart. Read and listen to Part 1 here.

One of the biggest objections critics often raise about Wal-Mart is how it treats its workers.

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11:02pm

Wed April 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Still Need A Lawn Yeti? Good News — SkyMall May Be Cleared For Relaunch

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 3:50 pm

In January, SkyMall LLC and its parent company, Xhibit Corp., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with some $50 million in liabilities. The company's assets were set to go up for auction in late March. The news led to a strong show of support for the in-flight catalog.

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4:39pm

Wed April 1, 2015
The Salt

With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:55 pm

A vintage postcard (circa 1930-1945) shows the HoJo's on U.S. Alternate Route I, in Fredericksburg, Va.
Boston Public Library/Flickr

In the 1960s and '70s, Howard Johnson's restaurants were the biggest chain in the country, with more than 1,000 locations.

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6:36am

Wed April 1, 2015
Around the Nation

No Joke. Flood Insurance Rates Increase On April 1

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

Copyright 2015 WSHU Public Radio Group. To see more, visit http://www.wshu.org/.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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6:31am

Wed April 1, 2015
Business

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

The H Street Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C. Ten years ago, none of the city's 600,000 residents lived within 1 mile of a Wal-Mart. Today, almost 13 percent do.
Emily Jan NPR

This is the first in a two-part story about Wal-Mart. Listen to Part 1 above, and tune into Morning Edition Thursday to hear Part 2.

The corner of First and H streets in downtown Washington, D.C., is a reflection of the changing face of the nation's capital. From here, you can see the Capitol dome, while across the street are a concrete public housing complex and a hip new Peruvian chicken restaurant.

You can also see a new Wal-Mart.

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4:58am

Tue March 31, 2015
Business

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:30 pm

At Resource Management's materials recovery facility, workers pull plastic bags, other trash and large pieces of cardboard off the conveyor belts before the mixed single-stream recyclables enter the sorting machines.
Véronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

3:41pm

Mon March 30, 2015
The Salt

Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

Walking through the warehouse of food processor Heartland Gourmet in Lincoln, Neb., shows how complicated the food safety system can be. Pallets are stacked with sacks of potato flour, and the smell of fresh-baked apple-cinnamon muffins floats in the air.

Heartland Gourmet makes a wide range of foods — from muffins and organic baking mixes to pizzas and burritos. That means business manager Mark Zink has to answer to both of the main U.S. food safety regulators, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

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