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Andy Uhler

Graduate students at Columbia, Duke and other places of higher education are celebrating a labor ruling made Tuesday night. The National Labor Relations Board decided that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants at private universities have the right to bargain collectively, to organize a union. Students at public institutions can already do this.  

How HP is faring with its printer-PC business

Aug 24, 2016
Gigi Douban

The Hewlett-Packard Company's share price fell by half last year after HP broke itself into two smaller companies, and hasn't recovered much. As HP — the HP that kept the printer and computer lines — reports quarterly earnings, investors are looking for clues that getting smaller is working.

Consider this: In the printer world, there’s an old running joke. And if you’ve ever bought cartridges or toner, you’ll get it.

Katie Long

New York just passed the halfway mark on its $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, set to open in 2017. The aim is to attract mega ships, the ones now able to move through the expanded Panama Canal to the East Coast. But making room for these vessels with taller bridges and deeper harbors is just the beginning. The challenges start all over again when a giant ship actually docks.

Mitchell Hartman

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this week. On August 26, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act putting 35 parks and monuments nationwide —including Yellowstone and Yosemite — under the new federal agency.

Today, that portfolio includes 409 parks and monuments, plus 23 national scenic and historic trails, and 60 wild and scenic rivers. The Park Service has 84 million acres of federal land to take care of, along with historic buildings, archaeological sites, and endangered species that range in and out of park boundaries.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aug 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the aftermath of Hewlett-Packard's decision to split into two companies; a project in Baltimore where aircraft used cameras to watch citizens and help police solve crimes; and changes to Google's search rankings that are aimed at burying sites with distracting mobile advertising.

Earthquake leaves at least 21 dead in central Italy

Aug 23, 2016
Marketplace staff

From our partners at the BBC:

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 21 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say.

"Half the town is gone," said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected.

A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in the nearby town of Accumoli.


On today's show, we'll talk about about a ruling that will allow graduate students from private universities to unionize; how the Port of Los Angeles handles big ships; and a push from Britain's Labour Party for the government to take back railways from the private sector.

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The National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-1 Tuesday that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants at private universities are employees with the right to collective bargaining.

The decision comes in response to a petition filed by the Graduate Workers of Columbia-GWC and the United Autoworkers Union, which has been seeking to represent grad student assistants at Columbia University.

Grace Hood

In Colorado, nothing quite says summer like a rafting trip down thrilling rapids. In the southwestern town of Durango, hundreds sign up for trips in July and August.

On a late June afternoon, Dylan and Elizabeth Burton from Washington stepped out from the Animas River in Durango riding a rush of adrenaline. “Perfect, beautiful, fantastic in every way possible,” Dylan Burton said.

KFC releases fried-chicken scented sunscreen

Aug 23, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Some of you will remember that time KFC decided to release fried chicken-flavored nail polish a while back. The restaurant chain is out with another non-edible fried chicken product — I'm just gonna let this speak for itself, you decide:

Best Buy beats expectations big time

Aug 23, 2016

Best Buy had a monster day on Wall Street Tuesday, with the stock closing up 20 percent. This came after the electronics retailer reported much better than expected results, including a 21 percent jump in profit. Appliance and consumer electronics sales were especially strong.

This surprised investors and it probably surprised non-investors as well, given the constant talk of Amazon crushing brick and mortar retailers. Best Buy, which is 50 years old this week, hasn’t gone the way of RadioShack or Circuit City.

With Trump, the more he tells us, the less we know

Aug 23, 2016
Adam Allington

Presidential candidates here in the United States are required to disclose the sources of their income to the FEC. That doesn’t mean however that we get a full picture of their total wealth. Never has this been truer than with a candidate like Donald Trump.

Trump has a stake in over 540 separate entities, everything from golf courses to hotels, to vineyards, even a modeling agency. That is according to a 104-page personal financial disclosure form.

Just southwest of bustling Charleston, S.C., lies a lush and rural gem called Wadmalaw Island, one of the Sea Islands that dot the shoreline. This is the home of the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only large-scale commercial tea plantation in America.

The U.S. could rein in rising drug prices by being more selective about giving patents to pharmaceutical companies for marginal developments, a study concludes.

That's because brand-name drugs with patents that grant exclusivity account for about 72 percent of drug spending, even though they are only about 10 percent of all prescriptions dispensed, according to the study, published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.