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At 50, Medicare spending more on hospice — 50 years into the Medicare program, the federal health insurance program for Americans 65 and older, one feature of the program has been fairly constant: about 25 percent of spending goes to care in the last year of life. "This is actually a statistic that has been remarkably stable from year to year.

Poultry industry seeks ways to prevent more bird flu — Poultry industry groups and government officials continue a two-day convocation on bird flu in Iowa on Wednesday, trying to understand caused an outbreak this spring to reach such a dramatic scale that it cost Midwestern poultry farmers 48 million birds. They're also evaluating how to mitigate a potential outbreak this fall when migratory birds, the virus carriers, take wing.

Bakers feel a pinch even as bird flu fades

What's in a stadium name? Millions. — There's been a flurry of stadium naming rights deals in the past week. Nissan announced on Thursday its name will crown the Tennessee Titans' football stadium. Last week, US Bank said a new Minnesota Vikings stadium will bear its name. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Another Costco bonus for members: discount cars — Nearly 50 million Americans pay an annual fee of $55 to $110 a year at Costco so they can stock up on giant packages of steeply discounted paper towels or even bargain-priced jewelry. But a growing number of Costco members are also turning to the company to score a ride.

Predicting algae levels on Lake Erie — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association are hoping to arm communities with resources in the event of another water crisis on Lake Erie this summer. Algae blooms, caused by excessive phosphorus from pollutants like farm fertilizers, made water in the Toledo area undrinkable last summer.

The financial backdrop to Postal Service union talks — Wednesday is the deadline for negotiators at the U.S. Postal Service to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Postal Workers Union, which represents nearly 200,000 workers, including clerks, mechanics and vehicle drivers. The talks are unfolding against a bleak financial backdrop.

The oil economy, as measured in hotdogs and U-Hauls — You can learn a lot about the economy in Williston, N.D., based on Mitch Petrasek's recent hotdog consumption. When I met him in March outside the U-Haul where he was working in Williston, the capital of the state's oil patch, he had eight dogs lined up on a grill.

Target zeroes in on food, glorious food — Target, long the "cheap chic" destination for clothing and home furnishings, is trying to spruce up its grocery business at the expense of some of its big processed food suppliers by capitalizing on consumers' growing preference for organic and natural foods over packaged foods.

Marketplace for Thursday, April 9, 2015 — Airing on Thursday, April 9, 2015: Google plans to offer subscriptions on YouTube. We want to look at how this will work, and what's behind it. The answer to the latter question will take in the fact that YouTube has a profit problem, and explain the landscape that is moving Google in this direction (streaming competition with Netflix, for example).
Apr 09, 2015

RT @THR: .@JaniceBMin talks renaissance at THR, cutthroat Hollywood and the cultural significance of butts on @Marketplace

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Aug 20, 2015

@fultonbeer Been trying to reach you guys for a radio story re HefeWheaties. Plz ping me at so we can talk

Aug 04, 2015

ISO Twin Citians who make regular or fill-in trips to dollar stores for food.That you or someone u know? Plz ping

Jul 22, 2015

@mostlydogs I'm not a realtor so I can only answer that from experience: price your house competitively!

Jul 22, 2015

@becgueule That's interesting! Kind of a "how to live in this house" manual?

Jul 22, 2015

@katebrickman Amazed that that cute baby of yours didn't seal the deal on his own. :)

Jul 22, 2015

Would love to know if any potential homebuyers writing a love letter to a seller have ever sealed it with a kiss.

Jul 20, 2015

@WindLawyer Thanks a bunch. Can you shoot me your contact info?

Jul 20, 2015

ISO homebuyers locked in bidding wars. Plz ping ASAP. Even better if you wrote seller a letter to curry favor

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