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Marketplace for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) discusses the sequester and the impact it could have on his region. Walmart is expected to deliver bad news to investors tomorrow, blaming the payroll tax increase for slow sales. A new survey from Pew offers details about why people take out payday loans even though they know they are getting a raw deal. Dartmouth University recently stopped offering credit for Advanced Placement courses. A New Hampshire city is trying out a new device designed to ease parking headaches. And in the latest installment of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner talks about why the government is making less money from gas taxes, despite the rising prices at the pump.

More colleges stop giving credit for AP exams

As more high schoolers take Advanced Placement exams, more colleges are refusing to give class credit for them.
Posted In: Advanced Placement test

Why gas prices vary from station to station

Gas prices have risen 45 cents in the past month, but one gas station owner says he isn't making much profit from it.
Posted In: gas prices, gasoline

Sen. Mark Warner on why the sequester cuts are 'stupid'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) explains why across-the-board cuts on defense spending and elsewhere is bad business.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration, Virginia

Parking meter headaches? There's an app for that

More cities are turning to handheld devices and smartphone apps to make it easier for you to feed the parking meter.
Posted In: parking, Transportation

Payday lenders inspire mixed feelings from borrowers

New Pew report finds that payday borrowers feel both relief -- and that they are being taken advantage of.
Posted In: payday loans

Walmart discovers the payroll tax may bite

The nation's largest retailer may see slump in February sales figures.
Posted In: Walmart, Social Security, payroll tax

Freakonomics: Doing a U-turn on the gas tax

The gas tax helps pay for our roads; and we’re not collecting as much money as we need.
Posted In: gas prices, gasoline, fuel efficiency

Get ready to stream: more Wi-Fi coming your way

The Federal Communications Commission votes to set aside more of the wireless spectrum for Wi-Fi.
Posted In: wifi, wi-fi, wireless, Internet

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