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Mar 29, 2017

03/29/17: Measuring the economy using feelings

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The nuclear energy firm Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We'll look at what led to the filing and what the decision says about the overall nuclear industry. Next, we'll look at America's consumer confidence levels, and then discuss why there's been a decline in the construction of mega dams. 

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Samsung hopes S8 phone launch will put out the company’s past fires

Mar 29, 2017
The latest Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy S8, launches today in New York. It’s a totally different device than the Galaxy Note 7 … remember the one whose batteries caught on fire? But this is still a big unveiling for a company with a lot of making up to do. Click the audio player above to […]

Mega-dams, like Hoover, probably wouldn't be built today

Mar 29, 2017
Dams are costly and have gone out of style. We also know more about their environmental impact.
Hoover Dam in 1936, the year it was completed. The dam was finished two years ahead of schedule and under budget, a feat unlikely to occur today.
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As tech workers stay in Pittsburgh, neighborhoods watch prices climb

Mar 29, 2017
'Black homes matter' for one person who's seen some residents move to cheaper areas.
After Google moved into this Pittsburgh office, luxury apartment building started going up, making the area unaffordable for some who had lived there for years.
Erika Beras

The final word on last year's economy is almost here

Mar 29, 2017
Thursday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release final revisions to economic growth numbers, aka the gross domestic product, for 2016. In other words, we’ll find out if economic growth last year really was as lousy as it seemed. But why look back? With the end of first quarter of 2017 almost here, there’s plenty […]

Nuclear energy firm Westinghouse files for bankruptcy

Mar 29, 2017
Westinghouse Electric Company, the nuclear energy firm based in Pittsburgh, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday. Westinghouse is owned by the Japanese company Toshiba and has been running several years late and billions of dollars over budget in its construction on several nuclear reactors in the southern United States.  Click the above audio player to […]

03/29/17: Who has the upper hand when it comes to Brexit?

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Mar 29, 2017
Britain's ambassador to the EU has handed over a letter saying it's over. Now that the separation has begun, who's in the most advantageous position? We'll examine the trade relationship between the U.K. and the bloc. Afterwards, we'll discuss some of the causes of the country's opioid crisis, and then look at Wells Fargo's decision to pay $110 million in a settlement over accounts opened without customers' permission.

The nuclear energy firm Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We’ll look at what led to the filing and what the decision says about the overall nuclear industry. Next, we’ll look at America’s consumer confidence levels, and then discuss why there’s been a decline in the construction of mega dams. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC