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7:26 am
Tue July 8, 2014

How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid

Could students soon text their way to financial aid?
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:53 pm

Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application.

One big reason? The form is so complicated that it discourages some people from even trying.

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Business & Education
6:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

ASU President Responds to Moody's Credit Downgrade

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Alabama State University officials say they're committed to revamping administrative processes to respond to a recent credit downgrade and a warning from an accreditation agency.

In a statement Monday, ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd said the school's recent credit downgrade by Moody's Investor's Service is the third in almost nine months and she considers it a "very serious issue."

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Business
6:17 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Firm Reimage Itself To Avoid Confusion With Extremist Group

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

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And today's last word in Business is the end of Isis. No, not that Isis.

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To avoid any confusion with the militant group that's been making news with that same name - a mobile payment company called Isis is planning to rename itself.

MONTAGNE: In a memo yesterday, the company's CEO acknowledged that rebranding is not easy, but it is in the company's best interest.

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Science
6:03 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Standing even for part of a meeting could engage your team in more productive collaboration, researchers say.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:49 am

The secret to more productive meetings? You might simply need to stand up.

This we know, to some degree. Just take as examples the growing popularity of standing desks, which took off after a flurry of reports found that sitting for long periods of time can significantly, negatively, impact employees' health.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:39 am

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Business
5:57 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Judge Preliminarily Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

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Business
5:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

London Netflix Office Searches For Qualified Couch Potato

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A new study of traffic congestion finds, in the U.S., Honolulu has the worst, followed by Los Angeles. In Europe, Londoners spend more than 83 hours a year in traffic.

But one lucky person could cut that down dramatically. The London Netflix office is hiring a tagger - someone to watch Netflix titles and categorize them as drama or cult sports movies - a job involving a commute to the couch. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
4:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

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In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah is just as close to Havana.

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Business
3:13 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Truckers Strike At 2 Calif. Ports, Larger Labor Dispute Looms

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:04 am

Independent truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are on strike against three large trucking firms that operate at the ports.

Handling almost half of all the nation's cargo, the ports of Los Angles and Long Beach are the main gateway for imports from Asia.

A lot of the shipping containers end up on these idling trucks. The short-haul truckers bring the goods from here to nearby rail yards and distribution centers for companies like Costco, Forever 21 and Skechers.

"We're in this to win," says truck driver Byron Contrerras.

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Parallels
2:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

As Wire Transfer Options Dwindle, Somali-Americans Fear A Lost Lifeline

A money changer sits behind piles of banknotes in Hargeisa in Somaliland, an autonomous, relatively peaceful region in northern Somalia. The self-declared nation of Somaliland, like Somalia itself, lacks a formal banking system, and residents rely on hawaladars to receive money from abroad.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

Somali-Americans may soon find it harder to provide economic support to their homeland: One of the last banks to facilitate cash transfers to Somalia is getting out of the business.

As the East African country faces a potential drought and famine this summer, those cash transfers might grow even more important. That's why the Somali-American community in Minnesota — the largest in the U.S. — is lobbying Washington to find a way to keep the cash lifeline intact.

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Business
2:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad

A team-building exercise involving marshmallows and knives is led by Create-Learning. This is relatively tame compared with some co-worker bonding activities.
Clark Dever Courtesy of Create-Learning

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

Who can forget that game of Twister played in a skirt? Or the failed "trust fall" where the boss ends up on the ground?

Office team-building exercises often create lasting memories — just not necessarily ones you want to remember.

Several years ago Ben Johnson worked at a health foods store in Iowa. He remembers store management stringing up a donkey piñata to pump up the workers.

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The Salt
3:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Bottles of mahia in the Nahmias et Fils distillery.
Alex Schmidt for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:56 pm

Before the crowds descend on the Whisky Jewbilee, a kosher alcohol tasting event in Manhattan, David and Dorit Nahmias stand behind their vendor table, getting psyched up.

"This is like the big game," Dorit Nahmias says.

Events like these are a key tool for getting the word out about their tiny distillery, and the Nahmiases attend half a dozen of them per year. The product they're trying to sell is one few people have heard of: mahia. Dorit rehearses her pitch:

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All Tech Considered
3:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

A 3-D map of London by Nokia's mapping division, called Here.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:47 am

When it comes to creating a digital map of the world, you may think of Google workers driving around in high-tech cars mounted with cameras — snapping photos of everything.

But Robert Scott walks the streets of London jotting down address numbers with nothing more than a pen and a piece of paper.

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Code Switch
1:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Asian-American Leadership Programs Tackle The 'Bamboo Ceiling'

Former Cisco Vice President Buck Gee speaks at the Advance Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives at Stanford University in 2011.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:28 am

In the last few pages of a recent issue of The Economist, we spotted an advertisement for a leadership program specifically for Asian-American executives. The program charges $11,000 in tuition for a five-day session at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The purpose, says co-founder Buck Gee, is to provide companies with an "immediate solution" to tackle the lack of Asian-Americans in leadership roles.

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Business
6:39 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Wash. Retailers To Sell Recreational Marijuana On Tuesday

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:14 pm

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