Economy & Business

Business
4:12 am
Mon March 17, 2014

New Generation Of Blimps Set To Take Flight

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 10:59 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And it's out with the old and in with the new for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. After 45 years of using the same model for its fleet of blimps, Goodyear is preparing for its new generation of helium filled airships. The tire company holds a test flight this morning in Akron, Ohio with the first of three new airships it plans to build. This first new blimp is longer and faster, it has more room for ads and even a bathroom with a window.

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Education
4:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Balancing College Dreams With Financial Realities

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:32 pm

Earlier this month, President Obama flew to Miami to take the stage in front of a gymnasium full of high school seniors. He came to Coral Reef High School to address a subject near and dear to his audience: better access to higher education.

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Business
4:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Chinese Tech Giant Alibaba Plans To Launch IPO In U.S.

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 10:59 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the Chinese Internet giant Alibaba says it plans to launch an initial public offering in the United States. Alibaba is known as the Chinese Google. and the IPO could be one of the biggest offerings in the history of the technology sector.

As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, buying shares in the company brings some risk.

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Education
2:59 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Paying For College: No Easy Answers For Many Families

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Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:32 pm

The math is clear: College pays off.

Among Americans ages 25 to 32, college graduates earned $17,500 more than high school graduates in 2012 — the largest pay differential ever, according to Pew Research. When it comes to earnings, "the picture is consistently bleaker for less-educated workers," the Pew study concluded.

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Economy
4:33 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

With Some Moves In Congress, Jobless Still Struggle To Get By

On Thursday, the Senate reached a bipartisan agreement to renew jobless benefits for five months for the long-term unemployed. This comes after Congress failed to extend those benefits in December.

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