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The government's report of weak job growth last month has changed the outlook of many economists. The debate today focused on whether it may be too late to head off a recession. Janet Babin reports.
The turmoil in Kenya has subsided but it is still sending economic ripples across East Africa. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson is monitoring the situation. She spoke with host Bob Moon.
Tax preparers and their bank partners have been making a ton of money off so-called "tax refund anticipation loans" for years. But consumer groups say these loans are a terrible idea that ought to be banned, and the IRS might be taking action. Steve Tripoli reports.
Some writers involved in the Hollywood writers strike are spending time away from the picket lines, raising money for people who work behind the scenes but are without jobs during the stand-off. Jeff Tyler reports.
HBO's series "The Wire" enters its fifth and final season Sunday night. Commentator Michael Schaffer says that, for a police show, it has an awfully good grasp of economics.
More and more families, especially wealthy ones, are writing mission statements to structure how future generations manage their holdings. And wealth-management firms are getting involved. Sean Cole reports.