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The future is uncertain for Tennessee drag artists

In about a week we’ll learn what becomes of Tennessee’s anti-drag legislation. The law, which aims to heavily restrict drag performances in the state, has been stalled in a legal battle over free speech protections. But what has news of the law meant for the business of drag? For Cameron Wade, an HR generalist and […]
Cameron Wade, also known as Justine Van de Blair, shares what life has been like following the news of Tennessee's anti-drag law.
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Half a century ago, a dream of affordable housing turned sour in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Apr 13, 2023
The neighborhood's decline in the early 1970s had roots in a scandal surrounding a federal program meant to boost home ownership.
"Marketplace Morning Report" host David Brancaccio stands in what used to be his grandfather's bar in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
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A 118-year-old department store perseveres in a tenuous economy

Feb 17, 2023
How a department store more than a century old has survived two pandemics, the Great Depression, and multiple recessions.
Dunham's Department Store in Wellsboro, PA. Ann Dunham Rawson, whose great-grandparents opened Dunham's, said the store is doing well despite wider economic anxiety.
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What one egg producer says about how the industry is doing

Sam Krouse, co-CEO of MPS Egg Farms, says wholesale prices are down as farms recover from avian flu and consumer demand eases.
Sam Krouse, co-head of MPS Egg Farms, says the industry is recovering well from a widespread outbreak of avian flu that caused prices to skyrocket.
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How does a manufacturer for manufacturers view today's economy?

Feb 15, 2023
Blake Moret, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, says that the manufacturing sector remains strong despite a recent slowdown.
For Rockwell Automation head Blake Moret, the manufacturing sector is remaining strong thanks to order backlogs and government funding from legislation passed during Biden's presidency.
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Port of LA campaigns to bring back shippers lost amid labor talks

Jan 11, 2023
Executive Director Gene Seroka says traffic has slowed in part because of labor talks between dockworkers and their employers.
Containers, ships and cranes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Longshore union members are negotiating a new contract with their employers.
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One big bank halts new fossil fuel investments. Will others follow?

Dec 29, 2022
HSBC said it will stop investing in new oil and gas fields. Climate activist Bill McKibben calls it a welcome first step.
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Inside California's new law allowing more people to seal old criminal records

Dec 9, 2022
The law could help people with arrest or conviction records who are applying for jobs or seeking housing, says David Harding of UC Berkeley.
Most provisions of SB 731, which was signed into law recently, will go into effect in July.
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Economic malaise tightens some consumers' pocketbooks

Nov 22, 2022
People feeling the effects of a slowing economy may consider cutting spending, says Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary.
Consumers experiencing economic difficulties may cut back on expenses like dining out, says Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary.
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In this housing market, all-cash deals are king

Private equity firms and other real estate investors are taking advantage of high mortgage rates in low-income neighborhoods, says housing strategist Majora Carter.
Housing strategist Majora Carter says that the trend is especially pronounced in low-income neighborhoods, where private equity firms and other companies use all-cash deals to rapidly snap up housing.
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