Tax hike saddles business, property owners Business owners are just beginning to learn how changes lawmakers and the governor made last summer are going to affect them. Many property owners are just learning of the tax hike enacted last summer.5:15 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Spartanburg, S.C., Jobs Are Especially Scarce
At 11.1 percent, South Carolina is tied for the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country. Its small, conservative town of Spartanburg was hit hard in the past few years when the textile industry moved overseas. Now residents are seeking ways to make ends meet — from going to the food bank to getting their GEDs.
A Labor Mismatch Means Trucking Jobs Go Unfilled
Even with many looking for work, some employers say they just can't find the right people to hire. The problem hit the trucking industry, prompting one company to offer driving schools with the promise of a job upon completion. But other open jobs require more training, making them harder to fill.
A Look At Slovakia's Vote To Approve The Bailout Deal
Robert Siegel speaks with Lucia Virostkova, a Slovak journalist based in Bratislava. She blogs for the EUobserver.com. She describes how the Slovakian parliamentary vote to join the eurozone bailout of banks brought the Slovakian government down — and caused the 2014 elections be moved to March.
Naked Mole Rat's Genetic Code Laid Bare
The piggy-nosed, coldblooded animals are neither rats nor moles. But scientists hope the naked mole rat's newly sequenced genome may offer insights into not only aging but also cancer and other diseases.
Saudi Arabia's Delicate Dance On The Fate Of Yemen
The Saudis are demanding that Yemen's president step aside after months of protest against his rule. Yet last month, the Saudis didn't stop Ali Abduallah Saleh from leaving Saudi Arabia, where he received extensive medical treatment, and returning to Yemen.
Egypt Helped Broker Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap
Robert Siegel talks to Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, about Egypt's role in the prisoner swap of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Blackberry Manufacturer Faces Major Problems
After a major service outage this week, Research In Motion, or RIM, the company that makes Blackberries, faces major problems. The outage, which left millions of customers all over the world without service for up to three days, comes on the heels of a tablet flop and an embarrassing role in this summer's U.K. riots. Guy Raz talks with Chip Cummins of the Wall Street Journal about the future of the company.
'The Mountaintop' Opens On Broadway
Thursday is opening night for Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play about Martin Luther King Jr. and his encounter with a chamber maid in Memphis the night before his assassination. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop is probably the most anticipated play of the fall season.
Obama Fundraising Outpaces GOP Challengers
President Obama had a tough summer in the polls, but not in the fundraising world. His campaign and the Democratic National Committee say they raised $70 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Meanwhile, former pizza CEO Herman Cain leads the GOP field in the latest polling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson, who analyzes the numbers.