ShovelWatch: Looking at the Stimulus in Charlotte, NC

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Takeaway correspondent Andrea Bernstein is in Charlotte, North Carolina, looking at how the stimulus is affecting people's lives. She spoke with the mayor, employees of the big banks headquartered there, and workers in the local textile mills to learn about how federal dollars are being spent. The Charlotte area launched its first road-building project funded by the stimulus this week. And with unemployment there at 11.4 percent, the stimulus funds should be particularly crucial.

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