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U.S. Forest Service is short thousands of firefighters amid pay raise delay

May 10, 2022
With a pay raise funded by the infrastructure bill stuck in bureaucratic morass, the agency is struggling to staff up to the full force it needs.
Many firefighters have sounded alarms about crews and forests being critically short-staffed, even as they prepare for what is expected to be another challenging summer.
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How patience can pay off when it comes to filing for Social Security

Waiting until age 70 to file for Social Security means a roughly 76% boost to benefits.
In this photo illustration, a Social Security card sits alongside checks from the U.S. Treasury on October 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Social Security Administration announced recipients will receive an annual cost of living adjustment of 5.9%, the largest increase since 1982. The larger increase is aimed at helping to offset rising inflation.
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In labor crunch, businesses back efforts to clear workers' criminal records

Oct 22, 2021
“Clean slate” laws call for updating court databases and creating algorithms to automatically clear records for minor offenses.
Many officials and activists are trying to modernize the record-clearing process for people with criminal records and ease their path to employment.
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Ready or not, community around United Flight 93 memorial prepares for waves of visitors

Sep 10, 2021
The nationwide worker shortage's effects can be seen as local businesses prepare for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Visitors look out over the crash site at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sept. 9, 2021.
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United Flight 93 memorial leaves personal, economic mark on nearby communities

Sep 9, 2021
The Flight 93 memorial has attracted visitors to the area, but locals there say there hasn't been a massive boost.
A church near the Flight 93 National Memorial displays a sign with events scheduled for Sept. 11, 2021.
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Could the Steel City become a silicon city? A look at a post 9/11 Pennsylvania

This weekend marks 20 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We check in on Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed in a field. Marketplace's Nova Safo joins us from Pittsburgh.
 In Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood, which used to be majority Black, longtime businesses mix with newcomers popping up amid redevelopment spurred by tech industry growth.
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Low pay pushes some federal firefighters to find work elsewhere

Jul 14, 2021
“We all live supermodestly,” a firefighter said. “We’re about being able to do this job that we love, but also sustain life.”
Firefighters battle the Thomas blaze in California in 2017.
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What about wearing a mask in stores or at work?

Despite new CDC guidance, businesses and workplaces will likely still require masks for now.
For now, many businesses are likely to still require face masks.
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Concerned about fossil fuel use, Tesla will stop accepting Bitcoin for car payments

May 13, 2021
"We could have told him about Bitcoin and energy use. Why has Musk changed his mind now?"
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted the news on Wednesday, citing environmental concerns.
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Biden announces $1.8T plan for spending on kids, families, education

Apr 28, 2021
The administration is calling it transformational spending. Republicans say it’s too much spending.
The Biden administration is putting a lot of emphasis on low- and middle-income families saying the average family will save about $13,000 to $15,000 a year in child care expenses alone.
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