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Bloomberg Seeks to Cut Salt Content in Food

Monday, January 11, 2010

Following on the heels of his campaign against tobacco and trans fats Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking aim at salt.

Today, the city formalized the initiative and announced a list of partners. Unlike previous campaigns, this one isn’t starting with a local ban. Health officials are ...

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WNYC News

Attn Cardholders: Watch Your Mailbox

Monday, January 11, 2010

Credit card holders should keep an eye on their mailboxes this week.

REPORTER: According to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, any last-minute interest-rate hikes on existing credit card balances should've gone out by January 7, at the latest. That's because of the new CARD Act, which goes into ...

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Paterson Has New Proposals for Tackling the Budget Deficit

Monday, January 11, 2010

Governor Paterson says he'll stick to a self-imposed cap on state spending when he releases his budget this month, and even promises to generate a surplus that can be given back to New Yorkers in the form a property tax credit. But the governor is ...

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WNYC News

Love Your Job? Most Don't, Survey Finds

Friday, January 08, 2010

Employers continue to trim their payrolls, as evidenced by today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing a loss of 85,000 jobs in December. But while one in ten Americans is now out of work, even those who have jobs say they are increasingly unhappy.

A report released earlier this week ...

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WNYC News

Students from India Win 'NYC Next Idea' Competition

Friday, January 08, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday announced the winner of the 2009-2010 "NYC Next Idea" competition. It's a contest that invites entrepreneurs from around the globe to propose business ideas that will improve the city.

This year's winner was a team of students from the Indian Institute of ...

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The Takeaway

Watching Unemployment Move Across the Map

Friday, January 08, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department will release current employment numbers later this morning.  Slate associate Editor Chris Wilson has put together an interactive map that shows the nation's transformation over the past two years, as big job gains turned into painful job losses.  We take a look at two intriguing areas of the country: the first is South Florida, where Ned Murray, associate director of the Florida International University Metropolitan Center, blames the housing bubble's burst, amongst other things, for the ballooning unemployment over the past two years there.  The other area we will focus on is Riley County, Kansas, where they've actually seen job gains, unlike most of the rest of the country. In January of 2007 they had seen 807 more jobs than the year before; and in October of 2009, they saw 10,927 jobs gained. Michael Kearns, Riley County commissioner, attributes the growth of Fort Riley as a key factor in Riley's success.

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WQXR News

Unemployment Benefits Rose, Barely

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits for the first time rose last week, but not by much. After two weeks of sharp drops, that's further evidence that layoffs are easing.

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Security for Terrorism Trials Could Top $200M, Officials Say

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Officials say it may cost the city more than $200 million a year in security fees to host the terror trials of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and others.

REPORTER: In a letter, Senator Schumer and Mayor Bloomberg ask the federal government to help pick up the tab. ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Developing a Blueprint for Post-Recession Governance

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Drum Major Institute just published From Disaster to Diversity What's Next for New York City's Economy. Co-editors Dan Morris, DMI Communications Director, and Adam Friedman, Pratt Center for Community Development Director, discuss this new book.

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WNYC News

MTA Financial Officer Retires After 30 Years

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The MTA's top financial officer quietly retired last week after 30 years at the agency. As the MTA's unofficial No. 2 man, Gary Dellaverson made key financial decisions for the beleaguered transit authority.

The lanky man with wavy gray hair assumed his post when the authority ...

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Paterson Says NY Faces 'Winter of Reckoning'

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Saying New York is in a fight for its survival, Gov. David Paterson asked legislators to boldly reshape Albany in his State of the State speech this afternoon.

"This is a winter of reckoning, but I come here today not to replay old grievances, but ...

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2009: A Buyer's Market For Manhattan Real Estate

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

2009 was the year of the falling Manhattan real estate market. The sales price of a typical Manhattan apartment was 810-thousand dollars by the end of last year, down more than 20 percent from the housing market's peak in mid 2008, according to New York ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Office Politics

Monday, January 04, 2010

Lewis Maltby, author of Can They Do That? Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace, talks about personal rights in the workplace and existing laws, which he believes often side with the employer. Plus ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper reviews the weekend political news, including the latest ...

WNYC News

Last Day For NY Teachers to Get Better State Pension

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Today's the deadline for prospective teachers in New York to enter the state pension system before retirement benefits become less generous on January 1st. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Teachers who join the pension system after Friday will have to contribute more money, and retire ...

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New York 2009: The Year in Sound and Images

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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The year began with the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Many New Yorkers hoped for a new era in politics. But then a dramatic coup in the state Senate brought Albany to a month-long standstill. The headlines were filled with political scandals, and ...

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The Takeaway

Big Rollercoaster, No Seatbelt: The Decade's Economy

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What goes down, must come up, and then go back down again...at least that's been the story of our economy over the past ten years. As we continue our week-long look back at the decade that was, Zanny Minton Beddoes of the Economist puts the topic of money into perspective: from the major milestones of the 2000s to the aftershocks we'll be dealing with from years to come. 

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WQXR News

Home Prices, and Fears of a Second Slump, Rise

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Home prices rose in October, but only modestly and analysts are concerned the housing market could be headed toward a second round of declines.

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WNYC News

Activists Say NJ Water Supply at Risk

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Environmentalists in New Jersey are rallying against a bill they say will put the state's drinking water supply in danger and promote sprawl. The measure would transfer management of water quality to the State Planning Commission, which clean water advocates say would weaken current rules.

Jim ...

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WQXR News

2009 Holiday Spending Up

Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday shoppers spent a little more this season, according to data released today.

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The Takeaway

How Will 2009 Go Down in History?

Monday, December 28, 2009

The last few months have been marked by big developments on many fronts: a slowly recovering economy, a troop surge in Afghanistan, the passage of health care reform bills through both houses of Congress, and an international conference on climate change that fell short of many expectations. We talk with best-selling historians Philipp Blom and Jay Winik about what future generations will remember when they look back on the end of the century's first decade.

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