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Beach towns to tourists: we love you, but stay home

Apr 21, 2020
Beach towns that normally rely on tourism are hurting during the COVID-19 shutdown.
A beautiful stretch of Key West, Florida, seacoast is almost empty of visitors.
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"How long do I plan to stay? As long as necessary." — a home health care worker in quarantine

Apr 21, 2020
There are more than 2 million home health care workers in the U.S. trying to help the elderly and people with disabilities during COVID-19.
Some home health aides are quarantining with their clients.
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For the self-employed, a confusing path to benefits as they lose income to COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020
Independent contractors, freelancers, sole proprietors and others look to federal and state programs for help.
Self-employed workers are eligible for new federal pandemic unemployment benefits, but some have not yet been able to apply.
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COVID-19 tests the limits of online schooling tech in China

Apr 21, 2020
Among the challenges: How do you teach gym class to students stuck in tiny apartments?
Ada Lu chats with her classmates in online group discussions every day but she hasn't seen them in person for more than two months and misses playing with her friends.
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U.S. oil prices fall below zero for the first time

Apr 20, 2020
Oil producers would have to pay someone to take oil off their hands.
A view of pipeline construction, taking place outside Cotulla, Texas back in 2019, for the future transport of crude oil.
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Life on the front lines of the federal government’s small business loan program

Apr 20, 2020
“For every loan we made, I had another one in the pipeline,” said Laurie Stewart, CEO of Sound Community Bank in Seattle.
Community banks like the Belltown branch of Sound Community Bank in Seattle have faced unprecedented demand for small business loans over the past few weeks.
Courtesy of Sound Community Bank

In keeping shelves stocked, small, ethnic grocers have an advantage

Apr 20, 2020
The long lines and empty shelves at grocery stores across the country have tested America’s food supply chain. Smaller, independent store supply chains are proving more resilient.
Bulk goods at Sahadi's grocery store in Brooklyn. The store has adapted quickly to the run on groceries during the coronavirus lockdown.
Sahadi's

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Mortgages are still cheap, if you can get one

Apr 20, 2020
Lenders are tightening credit standards as funding dries up.
Borrowers are finding it harder to qualify for a mortgage.
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What's going to happen to GDP?

Apr 20, 2020
With millions of sudden job losses and an unprecedented economic shutdown, forecasting GDP is different than usual this quarter.
Consumer purchases make up a large part of the economy. But right now, people aren't spending as much as they used to. Above, Target shoppers in 2001.
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As retail industry melts down, lingerie company Natori confronts a threat

Apr 20, 2020
Most of its business is with department stores, many of which are closed. “It’s been pretty much a disaster,” President Ken Natori says.
From left, Ken Natori, president of lingerie and loungewear company Natori; his mother, Josie, CEO; and her husband, also Ken.
Josh Wong/courtesy of Natori