Feb 27, 2017

02/27/17: And best picture goes to ‘Moonlight’

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During last night's Oscars telecast, the award for best picture mistakenly went to "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight." We'll take a look at the accounting firm behind the vote tallies. Next, we'll discuss a fund that will compensate overseas victims of terror attacks, and then explore how some baby boomers are starting to retrain so they can gain in-demand skills.

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Baby boomers retrain in sought-after skills

Feb 27, 2017
About half of jobs today require more than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree.
Joe Snyder, 56, recently graduated from a precision machining technology program at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pennsylvania.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

Border adjustment tax plan gets mixed reception

Feb 27, 2017
Republican plans to change the corporate tax structure include a border adjustment tax. It will impact how imports and exports are taxed. The proposal is causing a lot of uncertainty in the oil and gas industry, and while some energy companies support the move, others oppose it.   Click the above audio player to hear […]

Fierce opposition to gas tax proposal in Tennessee

Feb 27, 2017
Despite closed bridges and major bottlenecks, the state still faces an uphill fight for its first gas tax increase in 28 years.
A panel in the Tennessee House of Representatives opens debate over a proposal to raise the state's gas tax by 7 cents a gallon. 
Chas Sisk/Nashville Public Radio

02/27/17: The U.S. vs. the World Trade Organization

Feb 27, 2017
Relations may not be warm between the Trump administration and the World Trade Organization. Financial Times editor Shawn Donnan joins us to discuss news that the U.S. may start bypassing the WTO if it thinks other countries are cheating on trade. Next, we'll look at a simple blood test that could help identify coronary heart disease, and then explore the possibility of a gas tax in Tennessee.

U.S. victims of terror attacks overseas get long-awaited restitution

Feb 27, 2017
After years, even decades, of waiting, victims of terror attacks against Americans overseas will soon begin receiving compensation. A $1.1 billion fund has been created as part of a settlement struck by the U.S. government with French bank BNP Paribas. BNP pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy after evading U.S. sanctions in Iran and other countries […]

New blood test could improve treatment for heart disease

Feb 27, 2017
A simple blood test could help doctors determine whether someone suffers from coronary heart disease, the most common form of heart disease, killing more than 370,000 Americans every year. This test may more accurately identify the condition compared to the current crop of diagnostic tools, including stress tests and CT scans. If approved by the […]

During last night’s Oscars telecast, the award for best picture mistakenly went to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.” We’ll take a look at the accounting firm behind the vote tallies. Next, we’ll discuss a fund that will compensate overseas victims of terror attacks, and then explore how some baby boomers are starting to retrain so they can gain in-demand skills.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC