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Features by Sarah McCammon

Does anyone send greeting cards anymore?

The greeting card company’s founding family is trying to take American Greetings private. It’s been hit by e-cards, like most paper products companies.
Posted In: greeting cards, Hallmark, Internet

More oil on the tracks: Trains transport a ton of crude

Trains increasingly carry crude from oil fields in the middle of the U.S. to refineries on the coasts.
Posted In: Transportation, Oil, crude oil, train

Food stamps may be cut from new farm bill

In an effort to get it passed, some in Congress want to split the food-stamps part of the bill from the farm subsidy part.
Posted In: farm bill, Congress, food stamps, Agriculture

Cheap beer not as cheap anymore

As hipsters demand more Pabst Blue Ribbon, restaurants and bars raise prices.
Posted In: beer, Pabst Brewing Co.

Federal cuts threaten healthcare fraud investigations

Staffing cuts at the Department of Health and Human Services mean fewer cases of Medicare, Medicaid fraud are investigated.
Posted In: health care, Medicare, fraud

How much gas is left in auto sales rebound?

Consumers are expected to keep snapping up cars and trucks, due in part to the improving housing market.
Posted In: cars, trucks, housing recovery, Auto

Same-sex wedding planners get a boost from Supreme Court

Based on U.S. Census data, hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian couples are living together in the U.S. but not yet married -- a big market opportunity for wedding planners and vendors.
Posted In: gay marriage, Supreme Court, DOMA, wedding, weddings

Campaigns don't help small businesses in swing states

You might think all that political activity in places like Iowa, Ohio and Florida would be great news for the local economy. But campaign spending isn't trickling down to the local level.
Posted In: 2012 election, Iowa, Small Business

Farmers may plant corn, soybeans a few weeks early

Some farmers in the Midwest are planting crops earlier than usual because of hot weather. But there's a risk of losing it all if a spring freeze hits.
Posted In: Agriculture, corn, farming

Iowa caucus 2012: The economic upside goes beyond restaurant tips

Presidential candidates and their teams spend a lot of money every four years in Iowa, from pizza delivery to TV ads. But the long-term economic benefits are what really matters to the state.
Posted In: 2012 election, Iowa

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