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Money Monday:  Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families
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Money Monday: Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families

One of the biggest limitations and frustrations of mainstream personal finance reporting is that it often includes nothing helpful for the people who need help the most: the poor and low-income people amid our audience. With a few days yet to go in National Financial Literacy Month, why not consider a round-up of services and institutions [...]

Mainstreaming climate change: The most important issue of our age
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Mainstreaming climate change: The most important issue of our age

Years ago, Gannett pioneered “mainstreaming” of minorities and others on the margins of conventional news coverage. For example, instead of having a minority business beat, newspapers should integrate minority owners, workers, customers, analysts and other experts into as many stories as possible. The term has probably fallen aside but the idea is still a good [...]

Follow-up ideas to the gender-wage gap headlines
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Follow-up ideas to the gender-wage gap headlines

President Obama commemorated Equal Pay Day by inking an executive order that addresses the wage gap between men and women, at least at federal contractors.  And while Equal Pay Day (the day a female worker catches up to a male worker’s total wages for the previous year) has come and gone, the issue remains along [...]

From tax tips to fuel savings: Pros and cons of telecommuting
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From tax tips to fuel savings: Pros and cons of telecommuting

One of the weather-related stories I found intriguing over the past couple of months was the emergency telecommuting that had to be done; I figured even employers reluctant to allow working from home were forced to as slick roads and storms kept employees off the roads. Well, we have another reason to address telework trends [...]

Keeping an eye on local economics as the Ukraine-Russia crisis persists
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Keeping an eye on local economics as the Ukraine-Russia crisis persists

As a business writer, you might not have had the escalating military and political crisis in the Ukraine on your to-do radar screen, but as the Russian invasion continues, it’s begun to cause  market gyrations around the world.  At this point it’s worth paying attention to what’s going on and perhaps lining up some explanatory [...]

Airlines to coffee-shops, what’s the benefit from loyalty programs?
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Airlines to coffee-shops, what’s the benefit from loyalty programs?

Buzzing around on errands, I flicked the radio to top-of-the-hour news and couldn’t believe it when the lead story – ahead of another winter weather blast, deadly overseas strife and Arizona’s controversial “religious freedom” bill – was word that Delta plans to make it harder next year for flyers to qualify for elite membership status. [...]

How will state and local economies adjust to Pentagon belt-tightening?
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How will state and local economies adjust to Pentagon belt-tightening?

The announcement Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has laid out a five-year plan to drastically shrink miliitary spending likely has a lot of businesses, workers and consumers alarmed. While Hagel’s outline is merely, as one news outlet put it, the opening salvo in a budget battle with Congress, the plan to shrink the U.S. [...]

Hooray for Idaho! And all the other U.S. states where movies are made
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Hooray for Idaho! And all the other U.S. states where movies are made

The annual hype over the Academy Awards puts the spotlight on Los Angeles – but in reality a lot of 21st-century contenders have been shot in locales ranging from Vancouver to Memphis to Detroit. Why not springboard off the Hollywood hoopla and dive into the film production scene in your market?  From state-of-the-industry reports to [...]

Insurance, auto repairs, vacations: Winter’s impact
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Insurance, auto repairs, vacations: Winter’s impact

It’s been a rough six weeks of bitter cold and giant snowbanks for may parts of the country, and a break in the frigid temperatures this week now is bringing the threat of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms to the midwest, while southern cities unaccustomed to ice and snow tote up the cost of recent storms. [...]

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