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Running a mall is "still a struggle" nearly a year into the pandemic

Feb 26, 2021
When a customer refuses to wear a mask inside the Butte Plaza Mall, manager Alana Ferko gets called in to help.
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What the expansion of federal unemployment aid covers

Feb 26, 2021
The headline is that people who’ve turned down work for health and safety reasons can be eligible for federal aid.
Federal unemployment aid eligibility is being expanded to three additional categories of workers.
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Consumers may be ready to release their pent-up demand

Feb 25, 2021
As the pandemic retreats, Americans who can afford to spend on things they've been deprived of may start spending.
After months of shopping online, many Americans look forward to visiting brick-and-mortar stores.
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How are those pandemic learning pods doing?

Feb 25, 2021
The school year is more than half over, and what began as a widespread educational experiment may have legs.
Students follow along remotely at a learning pod in Culver City, California.
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$5 COVID test, DIY-style, may be on the way

Feb 25, 2021
Half-hour, at-home tests that you can do without a prescription are on the verge of going big.
They're known as rapid antigen tests. Right now there is no cheap, at-home version available in the United States without a prescription, but several applications are in the queue before the FDA. Pictured: A rapid antigen test in Spain.
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Could your emergency savings pay off your credit card debt?

Feb 25, 2021
More than half of Americans say their emergency savings could pay off their credit card debt, according to a recent poll.
More than a quarter of Americans owe more on their credit cards than they have in savings, according to Bankrate’s recent poll. That’s down slightly from a year ago.
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Unemployment claims still above 700,000

Feb 25, 2021
It's the lowest figure since late November for weekly jobless claims, but the labor market isn't making much progress.
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For teachers, pandemic adds new stresses

Feb 25, 2021
A new Rand survey found stress was the top reason why teachers leave the profession, even before COVID-19.
A new report from the Rand Corporation shows the toll stress takes on those in the profession, and how the pandemic has made things worse.
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Relief bill could lift millions of kids out of poverty by expanding tax credit

Feb 24, 2021
Eligible parents could get monthly checks under the proposal instead of a yearly credit when they file their taxes.
According to the OECD, the U.S. has one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world.
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