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Features by Sarah McCammon

Colleges give largest grants to wealthiest students

More federal grants are going to low-income students, but colleges are giving more institutional aid to students who are better off.
Posted In: higher education, Education, Tuition, college tuition

Parents pick up more of the tab for public schools

Back-to-school shopping isn’t quite what it used to be. Public schools struggling under more budget cuts are making requests that go far beyond what you can fit into a backpack.
Posted In: back-to-school

Earlier start dates pit state fairs vs. schools

Tourism industry leaders say early school start dates cut into attendance and revenues at state fairs and other summer events.
Posted In: state fair, schools, Iowa

How the price of corn matters

Corn prices are down more than 40 percent from last year's highs.
Posted In: corn, Agriculture

Priceline stock flight and the dot-com bubble

The share price of discount travel site Priceline has reached the same altitude it was at during the dot-com boom.
Posted In: priceline, airfare, dot-com, Travel, discount travel

After BP spill, Transocean remains pioneer

The offshore-drilling giant Transocean is tied in with BP in the public imagination because of its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
Posted In: BP, Transocean, Halliburton

Solar panel maker survives by creating its own market

First Solar, Inc., has branched out into planning and building large-scale solar power. That strategy has helped the American company rise above plummeting prices for solar panels.
Posted In: solar, manufacturing

Why only a third of our trash is being recycled

More than 40 years after the “Crying Indian” campaign encouraged Americans to stop pollution, a new "Keep America Beautiful" hopes to boost recycling.
Posted In: recycling, trash

Why the market won't supply lethal injection drugs to Texas

Texas and other states face shortages of drugs used in execution. But that demand isn't yielding a new supply.
Posted In: lethal injection, drugs

Apple and Samsung locked in patent wars

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a series of bitter patent disputes. A ruling on one of those battles is expected from the U.S. International Trade Commission today.
Posted In: apple, samsung, patents, patent wars

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