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Expect a messy tax season after last year's delays

Jan 17, 2022
Some 6 million returns from last year have yet to be processed. Delays could snowball for seasons to come.
File your taxes early, experts advise. Delays in moving last year's returns through the system could stall processing this year.
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Automotive supply chain issues haven't driven this mechanic mom out of business

Jan 17, 2022
When Erin Gomes opened her repair shop in March 2020, it was deemed an essential business. That helped keep it up and running.
Erin Gomes, owner of Bavarium Autoworks in Mountain View, California, at the shop with her youngest son, Johnny. The mother of three said running the business while taking care of her kids is no easy feat.
Erin Gomes

A family’s struggle with the costs of coronavirus

Jan 14, 2022
“I know I’m not the only one going through this,” said Veronica Coon, a hairdresser in Henderson, Nevada.
The government wants to make it easy to get free at-home coronavirus tests, but there are costs to isolating after receiving a positive result.
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Nursing homes are in critical need of staff

Jan 11, 2022
Some nursing homes say they can't compete for workers, as fast-food places and other retailers have raised wages.
Ashley Rose (left) and Patsy Wilkerson (right) are occupational therapy assistant who work at Knollwood Manor in Lafayette, Tennessee. They joke that they’re also certified nursing assistant assistants because the nursing home is so short on CNAs they end up picking up many of their duties.
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Hospitals try to manage omicron surge along with staff shortages

Jan 10, 2022
Many U.S. hospitals report being critically short-staffed. Some are reducing beds and services or bringing back infected workers.
With more hospitals critically understaffed during the omicron surge, some have had to reduce bed capacity or defer elective procedures.
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The economy is in good shape. Why are people feeling down about it?

Jan 6, 2022
Several indicators suggest that the economy is humming along. But recent surveys show, a growing number of people feel exactly the opposite.
Though inflation is hampering consumers' views of the economy, people often overestimate how high inflation really is.
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As omicron cancels festivals and other events, businesses that support them are reeling

Jan 6, 2022
The Sundance Film Festival, for example, just canceled in-person events two weeks before they were set to begin.
People pass a banner for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. The festival canceled its in-person program, a blow to local restaurants, bars and hotels.
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Will the pandemic change convention-going permanently?

Jan 6, 2022
The electronics convention CES is seeing many companies dial back their participation thanks to omicron.
At CES 2022, free masks are provided, as well as stickers indicating how much touch attendants are comfortable with. Attendance is down considerably this year with the spread of omicron.
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Employers struggle to hire and retain workers almost two years into the pandemic

Jan 6, 2022
"It's the most desperate situation that I can ever recall being in and I’ve been in some pretty desperate ones," said one restauranteur.
Worker turnover is high in low-wage sectors, like the food industry, as employees seek better opportunities.
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Omicron is straining medical supply chains and this small practice

Jan 5, 2022
A rural family physician discusses shortages of medications, hospital staff and beds for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Scott Anazalone at his independent medical practice in Logan, Ohio, in 2019. As the only independent family doctor in the area, he says demand for his services outstrips supply.
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