For Black entrepreneurs in Nashville, a pop-up market brings new opportunity

Apr 14, 2022
The pandemic spurred a small-business boom, and that included many Black entrepreneurs looking for new ways to reach consumers.
Karii Jones, the owner of Majik Trap, sets up her booth at Black Market. Majik Trap sells oils, incense and crystals.
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Declining enrollment affects how public schools balance budgets

Apr 13, 2022
It can be challenging to figure out whether pandemic-related changes will end up being permanent.
Many schools have seen declining enrollment and attendance over the course of the pandemic, which makes planning for the upcoming year more difficult.
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The pandemic drove people to buy more online, and some of those buying habits are sticking

Mar 17, 2022
One retail category that remains popular: buying groceries online, something many people had not tried before the pandemic.
Online shopping has surged during the pandemic, according to data from Adobe, But inflation accounts for a significant portion of that growth.
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From AIDS to COVID: lessons and legacy

Mar 14, 2022
The HIV/AIDS pandemic, which emerged in the 1980s, left a legacy of drug research and health care gaps that affect the COVID pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of other pandemics, including HIV/AIDs.
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Is there a future in the "learning pod" education model?

Feb 23, 2022
Many of the families in a recent report said they preferred pods over traditional schooling.
Learning pods were an early-pandemic innovation, but as children return to school, some are examining if the pod model could still be a viable business option.
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Pandemic price gouging complaints raise staff tensions with traveling nurses

Feb 15, 2022
Hospitals say that staffing agencies charge too much for providing traveling nurses. The nurses say they're the ones doing the heavy lifting.
Talk of pay caps and price gouging are concerning travel nurses, who say they’re the ones doing the hard work of caring for critically ill COVID patients.
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What happened to those COVID exposure apps?

Feb 8, 2022
Consumers have been slow to adopt apps made by state governments based on tech from Google and Apple.
A COVIDWISE logo is displayed on a mobile phone screen on Aug. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.
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How worried are people about omicron? Not as worried as some are about the economy.

Jan 28, 2022
The latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that job security and the economy concerns outweigh worries about getting sick.
The latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that job security and the economy concerns outweigh worries about getting sick.
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Entrepreneurship has boomed during the pandemic — especially in these cities

Jan 18, 2022
New business applications set a record in 2021, driven largely by job insecurity. Retail and transportation were favorite fields.
About 5.4 million new business applications were filed in 2021. There was a lot of interest in online retail and a lot of activity in Southern cities.
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Pandemic-fueled demand for traveling nurses creates growing earnings disparity

Jan 10, 2022
Pay for travel nurses is skyrocketing, making some staff nurses question why they stay.
The pay for traveling nurses has spiked, creating a wider pay gap for staff nurses.
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