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Gannett Co., owner of USA Today, is offering to buy Tribune Publishing in a deal valued at about $400 million. Tribune owns a number of papers in addition to the Chicago Tribune, including the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun.

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.

More than 550,000 people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its restroom and dressing-room policy.

Last week, an NPR analysis found Hillary Clinton outperforms Bernie Sanders in the states with the most income inequality. This weekend on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked about that trend we discovered: Why would Sanders do worse in those states when income inequality is his signature issue?

Sanders responded that "poor people don't vote."

We decided to look into that claim.

The Claim:

We want to hear from Uber drivers how much they made in a recent week. Drivers, it's information you can see on the app, when you review your weekly ride summary. Send us a screenshot — email— and tell us how we can reach you.

If I told you there was a way to keep using your phone forever, would you want to?

In true unscientific form, I surveyed some phone users in downtown Washington, D.C.

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Teaching personal finance at high schools

Apr 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Obama's push for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal; the benefits of providing tuition reimbursement to your employees; and a Minnesota personal finance competition for high school students.  

Employers who help pay for tuition reap the rewards

Apr 25, 2016
Mark Garrison

A new study says company-provided tuition assistance creates a big return for those companies, not just the employees upgrading their education.

In an analysis of the tuition reimbursement program at the health insurance company Cigna, a Lumina Foundation study said the insurer realized a 129 percent return on its investment in tuition reimbursement, in the form of personnel cost savings.

“We are definitely more likely to retain people if they’ve participated in the program,” said Karen Kocher, Cigna’s chief learning officer.

If I say it's artisanal... maybe it is

Apr 25, 2016
Annie Baxter

Over the past few years, the word “artisan” has appeared on a growing number of mass-produced items — McDonald's "artisan grilled chicken sandwich" being but one example.

There are no rules dictating proper use of the term. For some people, it has become so overused as to lose its meaning.

A couple years ago, the research firm Canadean surveyed consumers about what they think “artisan” means. The greatest share, nearly a quarter, said they didn’t know. Others associated it with authenticity and features like a unique taste, high-quality ingredients or being “handmade.” 

The Fed still planning interest rate hikes — but when?

Apr 25, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

The Federal Open Market Committee meets Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the state of the economy, and to decide whether and when to raise interest rates again.

After pushing the federal funds rate to near zero (0 to 0.25 percent) in 2008 to try to blunt the impact of the Great Recession and stimulate the economy toward recovery, the Fed has now raised rates once, in December 2015, by 0.25 basis points. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has signaled that more rate hikes are in the cards, but has not indicated precisely when that will happen.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the success of Apple's apps; chat with the CEO of SecureWorks, the first tech IPO of the year; and look at Prince's protected legacy in the digital space.


On today's show, we'll talk about the future of interest rates; Goldman Sachs' move into retail banking; and the meaning behind the word "artisanal."

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