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Universal basic income was a fringe idea. Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened.

Apr 6, 2020
Americans earning up to $75,000 are about to receive $1,200. Could this be the future?
Then presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks on Oct. 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Yang's signature proposal of a universal basic income would give every American adult $1,000 a month.
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The small business loan rollout wasn't so smooth

Apr 6, 2020
The Small Business Administration is guaranteeing paycheck protection loans. But applying for one of them hasn't been so simple.
"I'm just inclined to feel like a week wasn't enough to organize, you know, a $350 billion small loan program," one business owner said.
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Startups always face bankruptcy risk. COVID-19 has made things worse.

"Small companies and a lot of us are getting a lesson in, 'Risk is real,'" one business professor says.
Startups don't have the cash flow or credit lines to deal with crises like big companies do.
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How will short-form streaming service Quibi fare in the COVID-19 economy?

Apr 6, 2020
All of Quibi's content is designed to be watched on phone screens. Will new consumer habits from COVID-19 help or hurt the service?
Rob Post, Quibi chief technology officer, talks about Quibi's "Turnstyle" technology for short-form video streaming for mobile devices at the Quibi keynote address, Jan. 8, 2020.
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Nashville musicians, recovering from tornadoes, face COVID-19 cancellations

Apr 6, 2020
Now that Nashville’s music industry has weathered a literal storm, they're facing tough times again with a stream of cancellations.
Popular live music venue The Basement East, in East Nashville, was severely damaged by a tornado on March 3, 2020.
Rachel Iacavone
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Here’s what we know about the government’s small business loan program (so far)

Apr 3, 2020
About $349 billion, in the form of loans, has been set aside for small businesses.
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With unemployment rising, millions could fall behind on their mortgages

Apr 3, 2020
Homeowners with federally backed mortgages can pause their monthly bill for up to a year. But they may get hit with a balloon payment at the end.
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"Suppliers are sexy," but the real oil collapse story is demand

Apr 3, 2020
A historic plunge in demand during the global pandemic has pushed U.S. average gasoline prices to $1.91 a gallon.
There's a lack of demand for oil as people stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Above, a woman wearing gloves gases up her car in Los Angeles on March 18.
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Advertisers are trying to adapt to COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020
It starts with replacing old ads that seem cringeworthy under quarantine.
Advertisers are pivoting to ads that capture the moment with a quiet, contemplative tone that's focused on family.
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Funeral services in the age of COVID-19: "You have no idea what it's like"

Apr 3, 2020
The things that can make funerals cathartic aren’t possible right now.
Due to a surge in deaths caused by the Coronavirus, hospitals are using refrigerator trucks as makeshift morgues. Above, medical workers remove a body from a refrigerator truck outside of the Brooklyn Hospital on March 31.
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