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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

Cutting government waste by crunching the numbers

What if you could apply the same techniques to government spending that investment advisers use to pick stocks? A Pew-MacArthur report looks at how states are using cost-benefit analysis.
Posted In: Iowa, public policy

Want better government? Use cost-benefit analysis

Non-profits are working with state governments to increase use of cost-benefit analyses to learn whether programs and policies are worth it.
Posted In: cost, policy, public policy, pew, states

Student loan interest rate capped at 8.25%

The compromise approved by the Senate puts a ceiling on the interest rates for undergraduate student loans.
Posted In: student loans, interest rates, higher education, student debt

Parents paying less for college: Good news?

A new study finds that the rising cost of higher education is shifting costs as families spend less freely.
Posted In: colleges, Tuition, college

In Nebraska, standing in the way of Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska farmers worry the oil pipeline will damage their land or water. Some are putting up obstacles to the route.
Posted In: Keystone pipeline, Keystone XL, natural gas, Nebraska

IRS beats the sequester! Lucky you

The IRS is canceling its Monday furlough day because it has managed to cut costs enough to avoid it.
Posted In: sequester, government cuts, IRS, Taxes

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