Aug 23, 2012

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Gallup's latest data shows one in five Americans cannot buy enough food to feed their family. Meanwhile, many young workers are finding that the path they thought would lead to a career -- go to college, work hard, land a…

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Super PAC app tells you if political ads are lying

Aug 23, 2012
Ever wished for some sort of lie detector for the campaign trail? Enter the Super PAC app.
Screenshots from the Super PAC app.
Super PAC app

Walmart arms itself with vaccines

Aug 23, 2012
The giant discounter will soon begin offering a slew of shots aimed at boosting its health care business.

Americans struggle to feed their families

Aug 23, 2012
New data from Gallup shows that 25 percent of Mississippi residents have struggled to feed their families at some point over the last 12 months. On average, 18 percent of respondents in the U.S. say they've lacked money for food…

Airlines squeeze seats and knees for more profits

Aug 23, 2012
Slimmer seats on some planes may bring bigger profits for airlines like United. But they will likely mean less comfort for passengers.

Young workers seek new paths to jobs

Aug 23, 2012
With the youth unemployment rate at double the national average, many young workers are finding that the path they thought would lead to a career -- go to college, work hard, land a job -- may not be for them.

Recovering from job loss

Aug 23, 2012
Author DW Gibson on what he learned traveling across the country talking with the unemployed for his new book, "Not Working," and one of the book's subjects, Bridgette Lacy, discusses what it's like to be jobless.
Employment pamphlets. Author DW Gibson on what he learned traveling across the country talking with the unemployed for his new book, "Not Working," and one of the book's subjects, Bridgette Lacy, discusses what it's like to be jobless.
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Does the minimum wage hurt the poor?

Aug 23, 2012
As Congress debates a bill to raise the federal minimum wage, two economists debate whether setting a wage floor for workers is a good thing.

Gallup’s latest data shows one in five Americans cannot buy enough food to feed their family. Meanwhile, many young workers are finding that the path they thought would lead to a career — go to college, work hard, land a job — may not be for them. Walmart is stocking up on vaccines, continuing its foray into the health care business. United Airlines is slimming down their seat sizes to increase capacity. Reporter Krissy Clark looks at the real effects of minimum wage. And Tess Vigeland talks to DW Gibson about his profiles on people who have lost their jobs and are learning to adapt.

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