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Illinois Governor Signs Pension Overhaul into Law

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a landmark overhaul aimed at fixing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

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New Home Sales Increase Despite Rising Mortgage Rates
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Average US Rate on 30-year Loan Rises to 4.46 Pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose sharply last week, making home-buying slightly less affordable.

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Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, who lost his contract job with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012, holds up a sign seeking a job with a lower salary than he would normally ask on a street corner October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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White House Pushes for Jobless Aid Extension; Jobless Claims Plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans.

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Report: Arts, Culture Add $500B to Nation’s GDP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's first official measure of the impact of arts and culture on the economy has found the creative industries account for more than $500 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services.

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US Trade Deficit Drops to $40.6 Billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by a jump in overseas oil sales that lifted American exports to an all-time high.

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STUDY: South Dakota Lags Region and Nation in ‘Mid Wage’ Creation

(NPN) – South Dakota lags much of the nation and its sister regional states in the creation of “mid wage” jobs, according to a new report. 

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Elk Point Gains Manufacturing Corporate Headquarters

A manufacturer will relocate a portion of its business from Le Mars, Iowa to Elk Point, South Dakota.

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Consumer Spending Up Weak 0.1 Percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers barely increased their spending in July after their income grew more slowly, held back by steep government spending cuts that reduced federal workers' salaries.

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US Economy Grew at 2.5 Percent Rate in Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.

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Applications for US Unemployment Aid Fall to 331K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remained near the lowest level in more than five years last week, a sign that companies are cutting few jobs.

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