Yuki Noguchi http://wgcu.org en Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://wgcu.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 9573 at http://wgcu.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://wgcu.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 9423 at http://wgcu.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://wgcu.org/post/when-divorce-leads-happily-ever-after-small-business Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.<p>But that's not always the case.<p>Take Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband. They divorced the way many do, fighting over money and various other things. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 9390 at http://wgcu.org When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead http://wgcu.org/post/cant-ask-some-job-interviewers-go-social-media-instead Many of Don Kluemper's management students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have had this experience: After going on a job interview, they sometimes receive "friend" requests from their interviewers.<p>It puts the students in a bind, he says. They fear that not accepting the request might hurt their job chances, but they also feel compelled to scrub their profiles before accepting.<p>"They didn't know why they were being friended," Kluemper says. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 9226 at http://wgcu.org Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge http://wgcu.org/post/stop-thief-when-colleagues-steal-office-fridge As a wedding planner, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/content/eh_misc/news_room/jeannebio1.shtml">Jeanne Hamilton</a> saw her share of very bad manners — people who made her think, "There should be an etiquette hell for people like you."<p>And bingo! That was the beginning of her website, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/">Etiquette Hell</a>, a repository of more than 6,000 firsthand accounts of bad behavior people witness in their fellow peers.<p>And the most frequent complaint? Fridge theft. It's rampant, apparently, in offices all over the world.<p>"It's the No. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 8934 at http://wgcu.org Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' http://wgcu.org/post/intern-40-something-and-paid-hugs As the job market improves and people are trying to get back to work, more older workers in their 40s and 50s are signing on for internships. It could pay off, but it can come with some difficult trade-offs.<p>For Renee Killian, 47, it has meant working an unpaid stint alongside fellow interns who are less than half her age. Killian's dayside duties at the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., often involve making sure the response trucks are properly stocked with blankets, water bottles and cleaning kits. At night, she is a volunteer on call. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 8857 at http://wgcu.org An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague http://wgcu.org/post/first-press-conference-new-fed-chair-goes-vague Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Federal Reserve policymakers say it's not your imagination, there has been an economic slowdown over the past few months. The pullback was partly due to the harsh winter weather. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 8428 at http://wgcu.org Fannie Mae: Now Free From Debt But Still Under Government's Wing http://wgcu.org/post/fannie-mae-now-free-debt-still-under-governments-wing With another $7.2 billion in payments to the Treasury Department, Fannie Mae is now in the black for the first time since it entered conservatorship in 2008. Yet Fannie's future is as murky as ever. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7604 at http://wgcu.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail http://wgcu.org/post/demographic-shifts-contribute-changing-face-retail So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/16/263048331/j-c-penney-cutting-2-000-jobs-closing-33-stores">close 33 stores</a>. Macy's said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/09/260935269/loehmanns-to-liquidate-macys-cuts-jobs-in-reorganization">lay off 2,500 workers</a>. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April.<p>That's creating a glut of excess space. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7450 at http://wgcu.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks http://wgcu.org/post/new-rules-pot-business-gets-little-less-hazy-banks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The Treasury and Justice Departments today sought to clarify for banks how they might navigate the murky legal waters of the marijuana business. Murky because pot is legal in a growing number of states but remains illegal under federal law. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7384 at http://wgcu.org Job Growth Runs Cold In January http://wgcu.org/post/job-growth-runs-cold-january Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. And we'll begin the hour with the latest snapshot of the American economy. Once again, the news is mostly disappointing. Employers added a scant 113,000 jobs to payrolls last month. That's the second straight month where hiring fell far below expectations. On the other hand, the unemployment rate fell slightly and a good number of people who've been out of work for a long time found jobs.<p>Taken together, it's a bit of a head scratcher. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7145 at http://wgcu.org Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://wgcu.org/post/drug-store-plans-rid-its-shelves-tobacco-products The pharmacy giant CVS plans to eliminate cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores by October. The company says it made the decision because the drug store business is changing and that selling cigarettes is no longer consistent with its mission. Medical experts and the White House hailed the move. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7065 at http://wgcu.org Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan http://wgcu.org/post/meet-myra-obamas-new-retirement-plan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>President Obama has already made good on one of the promises in his State of the Union speech last night. Today, he directed the Treasury Department to create a new retirement plan called myRA. The idea is to make it easier for people who don't have retirement plans to start putting something away. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 6840 at http://wgcu.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? http://wgcu.org/post/study-complicates-debate-over-income-inequality In the debate over income inequality, the right and left seem to agree on one point: The U.S. is more the land of equal opportunity than the land of equal outcomes.<p>But what's the real relationship between the growing income gap and opportunity? <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265356290/study-upward-mobility-no-tougher-in-u-s-than-two-decades-ago">A new report out last week</a> has triggered more debate about the haves and the have-nots.<p>The study, led by Raj Chetty of Harvard University, says it's not any harder to achieve economically in the U.S. today than it was 20 years ago. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 6717 at http://wgcu.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse http://wgcu.org/post/economists-unemployed-fret-over-long-term-jobless-aid-lapse Democrats in Congress are promising to try to retroactively extend emergency unemployment benefits after the new year. With the House already in recess, the benefits are expected to expire at the end of the month.<p>The Senate is still in Washington working on a bipartisan budget agreement passed by the House before it left town last week, but the bill does not include a benefits extension.<p>Extending the jobless aid is something the White House pushed. Without a congressional action, those who have been receiving benefits for more than six months will stop receiving checks as of Dec. 28. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 5543 at http://wgcu.org Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying http://wgcu.org/post/twitter-critics-say-its-not-sensitive-enough-cyberbullying On Thursday, Twitter introduced — and later in the day, withdrew — a change to its "blocking" policy.<p>Thursday afternoon, the microblogging site started allowing users who had been blocked to continue to follow, respond to or retweet posts from people who had blocked them.<p>User response came swiftly. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 5456 at http://wgcu.org Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares http://wgcu.org/post/small-firms-may-soon-turn-crowdfunding-sell-shares Crowdfunding is popular among musicians, filmmakers and artists looking for a way to finance their next project.<p>Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is <a href="http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370540017677#.UpO6n9KshcY">considering rules</a> that, for the first time, would allow small companies to solicit investments over the Internet and sell shares to the general public.<p>For some small firms, these new rules come as welcome news.<p>Shane Emmett, CEO of Health Warrior, which makes a line of nutrition bars made of chia seeds, says his company is looking to Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 4876 at http://wgcu.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery http://wgcu.org/post/economic-political-volatility-cloud-housing-recovery Housing has been one of the bright spots in the economy this year. This week, a report showed that home prices in the top 20 cities continued their robust upward march in August. There are also far fewer foreclosure sales and other signs of distress in the market.<p>But the Federal Reserve expressed concern Wednesday about the slowing housing market. Pending home sales fell far more than expected. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 4072 at http://wgcu.org Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach http://wgcu.org/post/moving-manufacturers-amazon-delivers-new-approach Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.<p>In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed <a href="http://youtu.be/kRg_1j-iWFU">largely by robots</a> that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:42:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 3905 at http://wgcu.org Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly http://wgcu.org/post/enrollments-health-care-exchanges-trickle-slowly The Obama administration's hopes ran high that millions would flock to enroll for health insurance on state and federal exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Those exchanges went online Oct. 1. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 3672 at http://wgcu.org