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NYC's overnight subway shutdown leaves essential workers stranded

May 6, 2020
Many low-paid New Yorkers rely on the subway to get to and from work. Now, a daily halt to operations for four late night hours is complicating their commutes.
A commuter wearing a face mask rides the subway. The nightly closure for cleaning is causing problems for some essential workers in New York.
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How long should companies give hazard pay?

May 5, 2020
Most businesses, especially small ones, don’t have a disaster plan for a global pandemic.
Grocery store workers probably didn’t sign up for their jobs thinking they’d be putting themselves in danger, and neither did owners. Above, a worker stocks items in a California grocery store in March.
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How TV and movies are being filmed during lockdown

May 4, 2020
The season finale of CBS' "All Rise" was filmed entirely over video chat.
Before the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing, the cast and director of "All Rise" promoted the TV show at a fall preview event in Beverly Hills in September. The season finale was made using video chats.
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It can be stressful to be a customer-service rep right now

May 1, 2020
They're dealing with high call volumes, difficult questions and chatty customers.
A worker at a call center. Many companies are trying to satisfy customer demand with online solutions.
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What's an "essential" business, and who decides?

Apr 27, 2020
Some mandates are written in clumsy legal jargon that’s hard to understand.
Golf courses in some parts of Florida are considered "essential."
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Costco and Instacart expand deliveries to include prescription drugs

Apr 20, 2020
It's an effort to compete with drugstore chains and pharmacy startups.
About 90% of prescriptions are filled in person. Will the pandemic change that?
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Bread baking boom means flour and yeast are flying off U.S. shelves

Apr 15, 2020
Rising demand has led to a tripling in sales at Vermont-based King Arthur Flour.
There's something comforting about kneading your own dough and baking your own bread.
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Cities and states that lean on sales and income tax to operate have taken a hit

Apr 15, 2020
A place like Columbus, Ohio, relies on income tax for 75% of its revenue.
With much of the economy shutdown and more and more people out of work, cities and states aren’t collecting as much in taxes.
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When businesses aren't making money, local governments aren't making money.

Apr 14, 2020
Cities and states will have to rethink their budgets because of tax revenue loss.
In some places in Ohio, income tax makes up almost 75% of the revenue. Above, a closed bar in Columbus, Ohio, on March 15.
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Puzzle sales are peaking during COVID-19 quarantine

Apr 10, 2020
"We're pretty much experiencing Christmastime at Easter," one manufacturer said.
Ravensburger, the global market leader in puzzle making, says sales are up 370%.
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