Business

2:00pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Business

Colorado Ski Resorts Hoping for a Strong Year

Winter Park was one of a dozen Colorado resorts that were open or planned to open by Thanksgiving weekend.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Thanksgiving weekend typically marks the unofficial start to the ski season, according to Colorado ski industry officials.  That's because in the days ahead of the holiday, resorts start seeing their bread and butter show up.  Think:  the out of state, package holiday crowd.

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2:28pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Planet Money

Boom Town, U.S.A.

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:12 pm

Brandi and Kaylee plan to open a truck repair shop when they graduate from high school.
Robert Smith NPR

In the small-town of Elko, ambition looks like high-heel suede booties on the floor of the auto shop at the local high school.

Brandi and Kaylee look like the Olsen twins. And they're the best auto-shop students at Elko High. The girls have a plan. Everyday out the school window, they see trucks heading up to the gold mines. Day and night. So, the girls figure, why not open a truck repair shop after they graduate?

"In Elko we've been really blessed and really lucky to actually have a good economy," Kaylee says. "We can actually have our hopes and dreams."

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2:00am

Tue November 22, 2011
Economy

Siemens Discovers Hiring Vets Is 'Good For Business'

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down. That means more troops will be coming home. Jobs are tough to find these days for anyone, but especially for veterans. Yesterday President Obama signed into law a plan meant to get more vets hired. NPR's Rachel Martin has more.

RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: The unemployment rate for veterans is around 12 percent - that's close to four points higher than for everyone else. President Obama says it's time to do something about it.

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10:01pm

Mon November 21, 2011
Your Money

Wal-Mart Lures Bank Customers Frustrated By Fees

Linda Black of Nashville, Tenn., says she left Bank of America after repeatedly being hit by fees. She now uses the Walmart MoneyCard instead, which has a flat fee of $3 a month.
Blake Farmer for NPR

The Occupy Wall Street movement has directed much of its anger at giant banks, which are no strangers to customer complaints. Some of those who have been burned by high fees in recent years are now satisfying their banking needs with a giant retailer instead, as Wal-Mart surges into the financial sector with a pre-paid, reloadable debit card called the MoneyCard.

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2:01pm

Mon November 21, 2011
Colorado Veterans

President Signs Veterans' Jobs Legislation

photo by Zach_Beauvais Flickr

President Obama signed legislation Monday giving tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed veterans. The bill passed Congress last week with rare bipartisan support.

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