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3:17am

Thu July 21, 2011
NPR Story

Mayor Bloomberg Donates $50 Million To Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is getting a big boost in its effort to shut down coal-fired power plants. The plants produce nearly half the nation's electricity. But they also pump out lots of pollution that contributes to climate change, makes people sick and causes premature deaths. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg supporting the organization's efforts with a donation of $50 million.

2:59am

Thu July 21, 2011
Economy

Debt's Impact Could Be Worse If Interest Rates Rise

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 10:01 pm

For all the attention lately on the ballooning size of the national debt, short-term interest rates are so low that the government, at least at the moment, can borrow that money almost for free.

"Right now, with money as cheap as it is, the deficit is not a drag at all," said Albert "Pete" Kyle, a finance professor at the University of Maryland. "But if you look at what's coming in the future, the potential drag that you see in the future is a really big problem."

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2:00am

Thu July 21, 2011
NPR Story

Atlantis Prepares To Land In Florida

Atlantis and its four crew members landed at the Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. Now that Atlantis has returned to Earth, there will be no more shuttle flights. The program is ending after 30 years.

2:00am

Thu July 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Dangerous Heat Wave Bakes Midwest

In many parts of the country, it will be intensely hot again Thursday. From the South to the Midwest to the East Coast, temperatures will soar into the 90's and some areas are forecast to top 100 degrees.

2:00am

Thu July 21, 2011
Economy

If Company's Are Making Money, Why Aren't They Hiring?

The stock market overall is up about nine percent so far this year — in large part because corporate profits are doing well. But the unemployment rate is a bit higher than at the beginning of the year. Host speaks with David Wessel, economics editor of "The Wall Street Journal," about the disconnect between soaring corporate profits, and stagnant hiring and wage growth.

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