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Sep 4, 2008

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Productivity is up, but wages aren't

Sep 4, 2008
American workers' productivity in the last quarter was way up, according to a government report. But another report says labor costs decreased. That may be good news for those worried about inflation, but not so good for workers. Janet Babin…

Boeing machinists wait before walking

Sep 4, 2008
Union machinists at Boeing could hit picket lines by Friday night, if a two-day cooling off period doesn't stick. Mitchell Hartman has been following the story. He checks in with Kai Ryssdal.

Have oil companies manipulated prices?

Sep 4, 2008
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is looking into whether oil companies have been manipulating prices, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Ashley Milne-Tyte has more.

Southeast prepares for Hanna's arrival

Sep 4, 2008
The hurricane watch has shifted away from the Gulf Coast to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as tropical storm Hanna approaches. Kai Ryssdal talked with two business owners who are getting ready.

Disability claimants wait ... and wait

Sep 4, 2008
About 7 million Americans collect disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Another 2.5 million people apply each year, leaving hundreds of thousands stuck in a backlog for approval. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

FCC may hang up on phone service info

Sep 4, 2008
The Federal Communications Commission is considering cutting back on the information it collects from the nation's biggest telecommunications providers about service problems. Steve Henn reports.

Health-care reform needs government

Sep 4, 2008
Commentator and economist Glenn Hubbard says Republicans are wrong to think that health-care reform isn't going to mean some kind of government involvement.

Beginning 10 years ago, search was on

Sep 4, 2008
A decade ago this week all of our lives started to change just a little bit. Google was born. And now it seems you almost can't go anywhere -- on the Web, at least -- without using it to search…

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