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February’s job numbers show there’s more jobs to be had -- Jeff Tyler checks in with a long-time unemployed worker who just found a new job. The GED test will look radically different next year. We explore the origins of a viral YouTube video about income inequality that highlights the off-the-charts wealth held by the country’s top one percent. Wrigley is set to release a new caffeinated gum that’s half as potent as a cup of joe. And for some, life’s getting a bit scarier for those in the oil boom area of Williston, N.D.
Posted In: wealth gap, income inequality, viral
You may have been forwarded an unusual YouTube video this week, based on an economic analysis of income inequality. But where did it come from?
Posted In: Wrigley, gum, caffeine, FDA
Wrigley plans to start selling “Alert” gum next month -- that is, gum with caffeine. Gum sales overall are down, and “energy” products are booming. But cities, states and the FDA are investigating caffeine marketing to kids.
Posted In: Philadelphia, schools, Education
Last night, the city of Philadelphia approved efforts to close 23 public schools, about 10 percent of the city’s total, because they are underused and the city says they costs too much to keep up. The closures are part of a national trend brought on by more kids going to private and charter schools and public budget cuts.
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