10:56am

Tue December 11, 2012
Economy

You're Hired! Apprenticeships And Unemployed Youth

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 10:13 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, you might think of apprenticeships as something out of the era of blacksmithing and barrel-making, but our next guest says it's time for this type of employment to make a comeback.

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10:56am

Tue December 11, 2012
Money Coach

'Tis The Season To Avoid Charity Scams

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 10:13 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to talk about those new unemployment numbers. Last week, we learned that the national unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent. That's the lowest level in four years. But the cheering hasn't started for one group of people, the youngest workers, or would-be workers.

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10:56am

Tue December 11, 2012
Parenting

The Deadly Return Of Whooping Cough

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 3:08 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a few minutes we'll hear more about singer and reality show star Jenni Rivera. She died in a private plane crash over the weekend. We'll hear about why she was such a big star on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. That's coming up.

But first, among other things, many of her fans admired about her, Jenni Rivera was a mom of five and on this program we check in every week with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy parenting advice.

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10:56am

Tue December 11, 2012
Economy

Are 'Fiscal Cliff' Conversations Going Anywhere?

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 3:08 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The latest unemployment numbers are out and while things are getting slightly better overall, younger people who want to work are still having a very tough time. We reached out to an economist who says apprenticeships might offer one way to offer more opportunity to the younger trying to get into the world of work. We'll talk more about that in just a few minutes.

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10:53am

Tue December 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Delta Makes Deal To Buy 49 Percent Of Virgin Atlantic

Two bag tags that may soon be together a lot.
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Looking to grab more of "the lucrative New York-to-London market," Delta Air Lines said today that it plans to spend $360 million for a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic.

As USA Today writes:

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10:49am

Tue December 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Fiscal Cliff Calendar: What Happens When

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 12:39 pm

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As weary as many Americans grew of campaign commercials last month, they may be getting even more annoyed this month by endless talk of the fiscal cliff, the massive collection of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect at year's end.

It's easy to understand the urge to stick fingers in ears and loudly chant "la-la-la-la." The budget problems are indeed complicated, and the negotiations tedious.

But resolving the mess is extremely important: Without a solution, every person who gets a paycheck or has investments will see his or her taxes rise.

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10:35am

Tue December 11, 2012
The Salt

Calorie Tracking Apps May Help Boost Weight Loss

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If you happen to be a techie with weight loss goals, you've likely noticed the explosion in calorie-counting and exercise-tracking apps available on smartphones.

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10:16am

Tue December 11, 2012
Top Stories

Tennessee Works: Utility Construction Sees Job Growth

Credit Tennessee Assoc of Utility Districts

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues to search for those thin slices of the state's economy that actually prospered during the economic downturn, in a series of stories entitled “Tennessee Works.”

For the most part, Tennessee’s construction sector suffered badly during the recession and is just now showing signs of recovery. But figures provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor  suggests companies that specialize in the construction of utilities fared better than most.

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10:14am

Tue December 11, 2012
Around the Nation

Right-To-Work Measure Expected To Pass In Michigan

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 12:29 pm

A right-to-work protester walks past Michigan state police at the capitol in Lansing on Tuesday. The Michigan Legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday that would bar contracts requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
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Michigan's Legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday that would bar contracts requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment. The proposed right-to-work law has infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement.

Republican leaders pushing the bill closely watched the fights over labor rights going on across the Midwest, but it wasn't Ohio or Wisconsin that prompted them into action. Many leaders in the public and private sector looked to their neighbor to the immediate south.

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9:07am

Tue December 11, 2012
Shots - Health News

How A Health Insurer's Overpayment Can Become Your Problem

Hey, give that back!
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If your health insurer pays too much for a claim, you might think that would be a good kind of problem. But it could turn out to be more of a headache than a windfall.

Just ask Lisa Dowden, who had gastric bypass surgery three years ago. In September, the 51-year-old lawyer got a bill from her insurer claiming she owed more than $9,100 because it had overpaid for the services of the surgeon who assisted on her operation.

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