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BC-US--Business Features Digest, US

October 11, 2018

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WORLD ECONOMY — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appeal to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world’s two biggest economies. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: Thursday, 1,030 words, photos.


TRUMP TARIFFS-COMPANIES GRAPPLE WITH UNCERTAINTY — The trade war between the United States and China has made for a nerve-wracking summer of uncertainty in Wisconsin, where manufacturing has long been in decline yet remains a vital part of the state’s economy. At Johnson Level and Tool in suburban Milwaukee, the Trump administration’s thrust-and-parry trade moves with China and other countries have left the company bracing for up to $3.7 million in extra costs annually because of higher tariffs on imports, including some of its levels that are made in China. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: Thursday, 1,200 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-COMPETING WITH AMAZON — Amazon’s plans to pay employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those that aren’t retailers who directly compete with the huge company. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Thursday, 820 words, photos.

BLOWOUT-TEXAS OIL BOOM — Drilling rigs tower over suburban backyards as a new fossil fuel boom has engulfed West Texas, driven by demand not from other U.S. states but instead from overseas. America has become a huge exporter of oil and gas around the world. Amid this frenzy, many communities in the Permian Basin -- an oil-rich seabed that spans West Texas and southeastern New Mexico -- are dealing with air pollution, housing shortages and other impacts. Story written and reported by The Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity as part of a collaboration with Newsy and The Associated Press. Photos by Texas Tribune. This is the first installment in a continuing series. SENT: Thursday, 2,700 words, photos. An abridged version of 900 words also was sent.

NERDWALLET-SAVING COLLEGE RETIREMENT — Single mom masterminds $700K swing from debt to savings. By NerdWallet columnist Kevin Voigt. SENT: Thursday, 920 words, photos.

HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES — Retailers and shippers are facing a uniquely difficult holiday hiring season: The job market is the tightest it has been in at least two decades, and online shopping continues to grow, requiring more workers to pack and ship orders on time. Companies are offering bonuses; full-time, permanent jobs; and investing in automation to meet the challenge. By Christopher Rugaber and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: Wednesday, 1,450 words, photos. An abridged version has also been sent.

SMALL BIZ-SMALL TALK-GENDER DISCRIMINATION — Many women don’t know how at first how to respond to gender bias. But over time, they find strategies to deal with it. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 1,000 words, photos.

CANADA MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION — Next week, Canada becomes the largest country with a legal national marijuana market, but rollout will vary from province to province. By Gene Johnson and Rob Gillies. SENT: Wednesday, 1,400 words, photos, video.

With: CANADA MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-THINGS TO KNOW — A look at Canada’s upcoming marijuana legalization and how it will differ from the nine U.S. states that have approved recreational pot use. SENT: Wednesday, 860 words, photos.

RECYCLING SHAKE-UP — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. By Mary Esch. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-TRAVEL DEBT-FREE — It’s possible to travel in your 20s without taking on credit card debt. Make it happen by planning, minimizing costs, using your credit card rewards and working on the road. By Claire Tsosie. SENT: Tuesday, 850 words, photos.

NOBEL-ECONOMICS — Just one day after a United Nations panel issued an urgent call for action on climate change, the Nobel prize in economics went to one American researcher for his pioneering work on the economics of a warming planet — and to another whose study of technological innovation raises hopes that people are creative enough to do something about it. The alarming report Sunday from the U.N. panel explicitly cited the work of William Nordhaus of Yale University, one of the new Nobel laureates. His co-winner, Paul Romer of New York University, says “humans are capable of amazing accomplishments” — even saving the planet. By Paul Wiseman and David Keyton. SENT: Monday, 900 words, words.

DIVIDED RETIREMENT — Government stats show more Americans are working longer than ever, with the percentage of those working at 65+ close to the highest level in more than 50 years. But the broad numbers belie some stratification underneath. It appears that those retiring later are also the better educated - so they may be choosing to work longer because they like their jobs. By Stan Choe and Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: Monday, 1,250 words, photos, graphic.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-PAYING-FOR-COLLEGE — Four in 10 families who hope to send kids to college aren’t saving for that goal, and many who have aren’t saving enough. Here are some steps to take now that can help expand your options. By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 820 words, photos.

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