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Dec 9, 2016

Marketplace for Friday, December 9, 2016

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The economy is continuing to digest President-elect Donald Trump's appointments, and Congress is is trying to figure out what he'll mean for pension funds. We'll look and both issues as we recap the latest in our Weekly Wrap. Plus: how'd velvet become the festive fabric of choice? 

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How this woman went from nurse to inventor

Dec 9, 2016
Bessie Blount Griffin cared for soldiers who lost limbs and was inspired to invent a special tool for them.
An illustration of Bessie Blount Griffin, American nurse and inventor. 
Sophia Foster-Domino

Weekly Wrap: Twitter, calling out, and building economic policy

Dec 9, 2016
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Linette Lopez of Business Insider and John Carney of the Wall Street Journal for the Weekly Wrap.

Velvet expands from holiday tradition to fashion craze

Dec 9, 2016
The plush, cozy fabric has become ubiquitous, and very affordable.
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Labor Secretary pick opposes many current regulations

Dec 9, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump has has tapped fast food executive Andy Puzder as his nominee Secretary of Labor. Puzder is Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings-that’s the parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. The fast-food conglomerate has 75,000 employees when you include franchises and more than $4 billion in worldwide sales. Puzder has a track record […]
Andrew Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, exits after his meeting with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Puzder has been tapped for Secretary of Labor under the Trump administration.

 
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OPEC hopes to include Russia in its pact to cut oil production

Dec 9, 2016
Pledging to cut production hasn’t always led to actual cuts.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, and various members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) attend a press conference during the 23rd World Energy Congress on October 12, 2016 in Istanbul.
OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

Sugar plantation closure marks end of a way of life in Hawaii

Dec 9, 2016
At its peak in the 1930’s, sugar employed 50,000 people across the islands.
HC&S VP of factory operations Robert Luuwai, walks through the sugar mill on Maui for one of the last times.
Molly Solomon

The economy is continuing to digest President-elect Donald Trump’s appointments, and Congress is is trying to figure out what he’ll mean for pension funds. We’ll look and both issues as we recap the latest in our Weekly Wrap. Plus: how’d velvet become the festive fabric of choice? 

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