Aug 28, 2017

08/28/2017: St. Louis is shrinking its minimum wage

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Hurricane Harvey has caused many refineries and port facilities in Texas to temporarily shut down. We'll chat with Energy Intelligence analyst Barbara Shook about the preparations they made prior to the event, and what's going to happen to the prices of crude oil and gasoline. Afterwards, we'll discuss news that Uber has chosen the head of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi, to be its new CEO, and then look at why St. Louis, Missouri is decreasing the city's minimum wage from $10 an hour to $7.70.

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St. Louis’ minimum wage is dropping today

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Starting today, more than 30,000 workers in St. Louis could see their paychecks shrink. The city’s minimum wage is dropping from $10 an hour to $7.70. That’s because of a new state law that says cities can’t set a higher minimum wage than the state. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. […]

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08/28/2017: The real cost of a natural disaster

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With Hurricane Harvey causing many refineries in Texas to temporarily shut down, we'll chat with Energy Intelligence analyst Barbara Shook about the effects this is having on crude oil and gasoline prices. Afterwards, we'll chat with University of South Carolina professor Robert Hartwig about why many people are left without flood insurance, and the difference between how much insured damage the industry has to pay out, and the overall economic cost of a natural disaster.

Hurricane Harvey has caused many refineries and port facilities in Texas to temporarily shut down. We’ll chat with Energy Intelligence analyst Barbara Shook about the preparations they made prior to the event, and what’s going to happen to the prices of crude oil and gasoline. Afterwards, we’ll discuss news that Uber has chosen the head of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi, to be its new CEO, and then look at why St. Louis, Missouri is decreasing the city’s minimum wage from $10 an hour to $7.70.

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