The old salary history question could be on its way out for good

Oct 25, 2017
Narrowing the pay gap between men and women is the goal of new laws in California, Oregon, New York City, San Francisco and other jurisdictions.
A woman joins with other protesters to ask that woman be given the chance to have equal pay as their male co-workers on March 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
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Hurricane recovery for an unauthorized immigrant in Houston has added obstacles

Oct 25, 2017
Challenges like housing, transportation and finances are especially difficult.
A truck drives through high water along a street in Orange, Texas, on Sept. 6, more than a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
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After losing out on a headquarters bid over a decade ago, Dallas created a thriving downtown to woo corporations

Oct 24, 2017
Boeing’s rejection of Dallas as a corporate headquarters location 16 years ago helped spur the city's current growth in the arts.
Development of the Dallas Arts District was spurred in part by the city's failed bid to get Boeing to locate its headquarters in the city. The district now draws more than 1.5 million  visitors a year. 
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Students flock to historically black colleges where they feel welcome

Oct 24, 2017
Rising racial tension is one reason for the growth.
First-year student NaTavia Williams came to Morgan State from Colorado to study multimedia journalism.
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The $2 billion question: Spend on fighting fires or preventing them?

Oct 24, 2017
A professor of fire ecology discusses the trade-offs in one of the costliest fire seasons in memory.
Renee Hernandez looks over the remains of her Coffey Park home that was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 23 in Santa Rosa, California.
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A long, winding path to hurricane recovery in Houston

Oct 24, 2017
As Texans wait to for relief funds and repairs post-Hurricane Harvey, the in-between life can be frustrating.
Discarded items sit outside of a flooded home in Orange as Texas slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 6, 2017.
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The economics of colonizing Mars

Oct 24, 2017
Would it be profitable? One science fiction writer isn't so sure.
An artist's conception of the Phoenix Mars lander on the red planet.
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CDOs — collateralized debt obligations — helped trigger the 2008 housing crisis. Now CLOs are on the rise. Should we be worried?

Oct 23, 2017
In the wake of the financial crisis, we all learned a lot of fear-inducing acronyms, like CDOs – collateralized debt obligations – which helped trigger the housing meltdown. So news that volumes of a similar sounding investment – CLO or collateralized loan obligations – had hit $247 billion in first nine months of this year, […]

Survey finds low-income people pay more in monthly bank fees

Oct 23, 2017
It can pay to have a checking account. But a new survey out this morning from Bankrate shows low-income consumers end up paying more in monthly bank fees than other customers. The survey found that consumers with annual household incomes under $30,000 pay an average of $31 in monthly fees compared to $9 for people […]

The latest Senate budget deal is approved. Does tax reform come next?

Oct 20, 2017
A roundup of this week's business and economic news.
President Donald Trump (C), with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), delivers remarks during a meeting with members of Congress and his administration regarding tax reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Sept. 5  in Washington, DC.
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