Minnesota Public Radio reporter

Foreclosure with an upside? Here's how it works

mprnews.org — People forced into foreclosure rarely find a silver lining. They lose their homes and their credit ratings tank. But under the right circumstances, Minnesotans in foreclosure can walk away from the process with tens of thousands of dollars. Twin Cities real estate agent Chris Bailey has seen it happen.

Minnesota job vacancies jump, but hourly pay falls

mprnews.org — Last day of the Drive. Support MPR News! Give Now Job vacancies in Minnesota hit a 13-year high in the second quarter of the year but the wages offered fell, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday.

Looking for work? Listen to jobseekers perfect their elevator pitch

mprnews.org — A Twin Cities-based nonprofit is training workers to sell their skills with a 30-second summary elevator pitch. Listen to what that sounds like.

Metro-area home construction slows

mprnews.org — Homebuilders sought fewer building permits in September than they did a year ago, a sign that there are not buyers for medium-priced homes.

Minnesota tech colleges get $17 million to retrain workers

mprnews.org — The funding comes at a time when manufacturers have been complaining about a lack of workers with advanced skills.

Boston Scientific to pay $300M in damages to inventor's estate

mprnews.org — A lawsuit alleged Minnesota-based Guidant Corp., which was bought by Boston Scientific in 2006, withheld licensing payments it owed to the inventor of technology used in an implantable defibrillator.

Fewer Twin Cities homes under water on mortgages

mprnews.org — A home is considered "under water" when the borrower owes more on the mortgage than the home is worth.

Jimmy John's discloses data breach

mprnews.org — The sandwich chain says hackers stole credit and debit card data this summer.

Families rethink college borrowing as loans gain 'bad reputation'

mprnews.org — For years, loans were the answer to the question, "How do we pay for college?" Many families don't see it that way anymore.

D'oh! FXX will air 552 episodes of The Simpsons

marketplace.org — Yes, the FXX will air every episode of the longest running show in TV history.
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Oct 20, 2014

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Oct 20, 2014

Some homeowners come out of foreclosure with an unexpected windfall-- even tens of thousands of dollars: bit.ly/1sGBMZx #foreclosure

Oct 08, 2014

Imagine losing your job, feeling crushed, and then finding the guts to sell yourself. Here's how it sounds bit.ly/1uBQL9b

Sep 29, 2014

Nat'l Bureau of Econ Research report suggests the type of college one attends can have an impact on employment odds.bit.ly/1tbCF9Z

Sep 24, 2014

RT @latimesbiz: Sales of new homes reach highest level in six years in August lat.ms/1xfSIdJ

Sep 24, 2014

RT @latimesbiz: One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years, study says lat.ms/1uGP4EV

Sep 19, 2014

Freddie Mac chief economist addresses student loan effect on housing, noting median college debt not that high bit.ly/YZ2ItL

Sep 19, 2014

@kochmadeline @adambelz In radio you have to be a tyrant about audio quality. :) Because he was on a cell it already sounded like crap

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