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5:38 am
Sun October 12, 2014

In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom

Guillermo Gomez, husband of Vilma Marenco, holds his daughter in their home in Northeast Houston. Marenco was killed in April after being hit by an uninsured trucker who ran a red light.
Mayra Beltran Houston Chronicle

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 12:14 pm

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked huge reserves of oil and gas in shale formations in many states. The biggest winner, in terms of new jobs, has been Texas.

But an investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation's deadliest amid a fracking boom.

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Global Health
4:01 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Investors Flock To Ebola-Related Companies

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 5:33 pm

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Sabal Trail
9:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

New $3.7B Gas Line Proposed For Ala., Ga., Fla.

A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline carrying natural gas from Alabama into Florida is raising protests from Georgia landowners.
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A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline carrying natural gas from Alabama into Florida is raising protests from Georgia landowners.

Spectra Energy Partners LP and NextEra Energy Inc. want federal permission to build about 600 miles of pipeline carrying natural gas from Alabama, across southwest Georgia and toward gas-fired power plants in Florida.

The firms hope to get the necessary approval in late 2015 or early 2016. The pipeline would start operating in mid-2017.

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All Tech Considered
9:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Tech Week: Women's Raises, Screen Time And Super-Locked Phones

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella backtracked on his suggestion that women shouldn't ask for raises.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 9:35 am

Our tech coverage this week was bookended by stories about women. We started with a look back at the forgotten females who pioneered computer programming and ended with the controversy about a certain tech CEO's insensitive remarks on women asking for raises. Oh, and Hewlett-Packard called it splitsville.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Kmart Says Its Store Registers Were Hacked, Exposing Credit Cards

Kmart says it has removed malware that had infected its checkout registers in stores. The company believes the malware may have been in place for about a month before it was detected.
Rachel Murray Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 1:09 pm

For about a month, Kmart says, its stores' checkout registers were "compromised by malicious software that stole customer credit and debit card information."

The company, owned by Sears, says it removed the malware from its system after it was discovered Thursday. It announced the exposure late Friday, saying that no personal data or PIN numbers were lost.

While some important customer information seems to have been protected, the breach could still allow criminals to make counterfeit versions of the exposed credit cards.

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U.S.
4:04 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Microsoft CEO's Comments Reflect A Larger Workplace Problem

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:43 pm

On Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said it is good karma in some instances when women do not ask for a raise. His comments stirred a heated debate about pay equality. Nadella was talking to president of Harvey Mudd College and Microsoft director Maria Klawe at a conference panel. Melissa Block talks to Klawe about Nadella's comments and the reaction that followed.

Energy
3:05 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

U.S. Gas Prices Continue To Slide Downward

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:43 pm

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If you are driving anywhere this three-day weekend, you may do a little happy dance at the gas station, or at least you'll take notice gas prices are falling. And that's happening because oil prices have been falling. NPR's Chris Arnold tells us why.

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All Tech Considered
1:39 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Microsoft CEO Nadella's Remarks Add To Tech's Sexism Problem

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses the media during an event in New Delhi in September. This week, he was criticized for comments he made about women asking for raises.
Adnan Abidi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 2:08 pm

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comments on women asking for raises triggered an instant backlash, but they also raise more questions about the tech industry's male-dominated culture and spotlight the challenges women in tech face.

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Business & Education
6:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Jury to Get Case of Former Alabama Official

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A jury will begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Alabama Department of Education official accused of using her position to provide millions to the company that employed her husband.

Attorneys presented closing arguments Thursday in the ethics trial of Deann Stone and her husband, Dave Stone. She was director of federal programs at the Department of Education.

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Art & Design
3:53 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack

Fashion designer Natalie Chanin stands in front of in-progress garments at the Alabama Chanin Factory. Chanin and Billy Reid, internationally acclaimed designers, have teamed up to test the concept of organic, sustainable cotton farming and garment-making.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 2:31 pm

You've probably heard of "farm to table," but how about "field to garment"? In Alabama, acclaimed fashion houses Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid have a new line of organic cotton clothing made from their own cotton field.

It's not just an experiment in keeping production local; it's an attempt to revive the long tradition of apparel-making in the Deep South. North Alabama was once a hub for textile manufacturing, with readily available cotton and access to cheap labor. But the industry all but disappeared after NAFTA became law, as operations moved overseas.

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Business
3:44 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Stock Market Has Wild Week Of Ups And Downs

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 5:28 pm

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Planet Money
2:58 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs

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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:18 pm

College textbooks are expensive. You probably already know this. A new biology or economics book can cost $300.

And prices have been soaring, doubling over the past decade, growing faster than the price of housing, cars, even health care.

But, surprisingly, the amount students actually spend on textbooks has not been rising. In fact, the best data we could find on this shows students have been spending a bit less over time.

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The Salt
12:59 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Customers Can Keep The Tip — Which Might Please Restaurant Workers

A handful of restaurants across the U.S. are experimenting with no-tipping models, opting instead to charge higher set prices for menu items and give their servers higher hourly pay.
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 2:45 pm

Imagine there's no tipping. By getting rid of gratuities, a few restaurants believe they'll make life easier for customers, while providing a more stable income to servers.

"It eliminates the pressure on the guest to worry about paying our staff," says Brian Oliveira, chef at Girard, a French-style restaurant opening in Philadelphia in a few weeks that intends to offer its staff up to $13 an hour in salary, plus health benefits, but with no tips.

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Business
4:12 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Feds Monitor LA's Fashion District After Money Laundering Raid

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:24 pm

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Planet Money
4:04 am
Thu October 9, 2014

You Can Create A Hit Video Game About Anything. Even Making Toast

Screen shot of the mobile game Candy Crush Saga.
Screen shot of Candy Crush Saga

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 1:42 pm

Flinging birds at pigs and moving jelly beans around a little screen are not human instincts. Game designers create the urge to do those things for hours at a time.

"From the way the games are designed to help us start playing the game, to the way they keep us coming back to the game, to how they involve our friends in the game — all of these things have underpinnings in consumer psychology," says game consultant Nir Eyal.

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