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Jacksonville Split Over Joining A Southern Port Dredging Frenzy

Jacksonville, Fla., is racing to find funds to deepen its port. If it can't accommodate newer, bigger cargo ships from Asia, the city says, it will lose out to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

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Coca-Cola Wades Into Milk Business With 'Fairlife'

The milk is now for sale in a limited number of stores — including the Coborn's in Belle Plaine, Minn. Ari Shairo talks with Coborn's dairy manager, Steven Thueringer.

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Don't Feel Guilty — The Holidays Are A 'Macroeconomic Cheat Day'

Researchers have learned the frenzy and excitement of the holiday season makes us all a little crazy. But that might not be a bad thing for our financial lives.

If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

A decision against subsidies would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are backbone of the Affordable Care Act.

Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

Ebola has made it harder for the prostitutes who issue a come-hither "hiss" along Lumley Beach. Customers are hard to find, pay is down, and, like everyone, the women are scared of the deadly virus.

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

Morning Edition

Why Fed Officials Are Concerned About Too Little Inflation

The U.S., Europe and Japan are seeing prices and wages rise more slowly than the 2 percent target that their central banks have set. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

Morning Edition

Solar Energy's Popularity Increases As Rooftop Panels Get Less Expensive

Solar energy is now competitive with the cost of power generated by coal, oil and natural gas. David Greene talks to Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media, a trade journal covering alternative technology.

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Critics Say More Oil Industry Royalties Should Go Into U.S. Coffers

Rules for oil and gas companies drilling on federal land allow them to use some of the gas free of charge. Critics say taxpayers should get royalties for that gas and any that is vented or flared.

Morning Edition

Holiday Shopping Ads Are Geared Toward Brain's Reward Center

Black Friday and the whole holiday season are designed to tap into a very ancient part of our brains. What happens to our brain when we shop during the holidays?

Black Friday: From Pre-Deals To Debate Over Retail Workers

November 26, 2014
A Black Friday advertisement for Target is seen on an iPad in Annapolis, Maryland November 16, 2014. Black Friday is coming early this year to retailers, as many plan to open on November 27, Thanksgiving Day. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Jordan Weissmann of Slate joins us to take a look at which stores will be open Thanksgiving and what that means for workers.

This Thanksgiving, I’m Thankful For The Atlantic Cod

November 26, 2014
Janna Malamud Smith: To save the Atlantic cod, if it’s not already too late, we will need to make good decisions rather soon. Pictured: In 1936, codfish are salted before drying in Vinalhaven, Maine. (rich701/flickr)

To save Atlantic codfish, if it’s not already too late, we will need to make good decisions rather soon.

Mass. Sees First Bump In Home Sales Since June

November 25, 2014

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts increased in October, the first monthly spike in sales since June. The median selling price last month was also up, by 2.1 percent, to $320,000.

State Approves 29 Percent Rate Hike For WMECo

November 22, 2014

State regulators have approved a 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which serves about 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts.

Local Immigration Thinkers Respond To Obama’s Executive Action

November 20, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

We hear local reaction to President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

Saving Gamblers From Themselves

November 20, 2014
Renée Loth: "If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore." (Julie Jacobson/AP)

If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.

Mass. Adds 1,200 Jobs In October; Unemployment Rate Stays At 6 Percent

November 20, 2014

The Massachusetts jobless rate is above the national level, which is currently 5.8 percent.

An 8-Year Car Loan Can Come Back To Haunt You

November 19, 2014
Natalie Pena (right) shows vehicles to Ruben Mendoza as he shops for vehicles at the Toyota of Deerfield dealership on October 2, 2014 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains why longer-term loans are risky, and how to figure out what you can afford.

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

November 19, 2014
"A day's work ended," drawn by Matt Morgan, depicts African Americans bringing cotton in from a field in Alabama. The image was published in Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper in 1887. (Wikimedia Commons)

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

Parents With Unusual Hours Seek Out ‘Extreme’ Day Care

November 18, 2014
A day care employee watches children in carts at a park in downtown Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2013. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

With many people working odd hours to make ends meet, there is rising demand for day care centers that are open up to 24 hours a day.

Mass. Gas Prices Are At Lowest Level Since 2010

November 17, 2014
Dana Ripley, of Winthrop, fills the gas tank of his truck in Andover on Sept. 30. (Charles Krupa/AP)

This week’s 3-cent drop continues a months-long trend.

Scientists Try To Bring Back The Original New Mexico Chile

November 17, 2014
New Mexico green chiles are pictured at a farmer's market. (Farmanac/Flickr)

The state’s chile industry is in decline – suffering from drought and competition from China and other countries.

G20 Pledges Global Growth As Japan Slides Into Recession

November 17, 2014
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he arrives for the G20 Summit in Brisbane on November 15, 2014. Australia is hosted the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses the meeting of the world’s 20 biggest economies, and Japan’s recession announcement.

Utah Businessman Welcomes New U.S.-China Trade Agreement

November 13, 2014
This is a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. U.S. President Barack Obama pays a state visit to China after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The founder of an audio and video cable company in Ogden, Utah, discusses how the deal will affect him and other businesses.

With Aluminum Body, Ford’s New F-150 Is 700 Pounds Lighter

November 12, 2014
2015 Ford F-150 trucks move down the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.(/Paul Sancya/AP)

The truck’s aluminum body is much lighter, but will it be able to hold up as well as the older, heavier models?

Atlantic Fishermen Grapple With Cod Restrictions

November 12, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new rules, expected to stay in place until May, will devastate them economically and force some out of business.

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