Paid volunteer time increasingly common employee benefit A growing number of employers are offering paid volunteer time as an employee benefit. A study to be released today says that 20 percent of the companies surveyed offer paid volunteering time, a share that has increased over the past few years.8:25 a.m.
Liberal Groups Say They Received IRS Scrutiny Too
The conventional shorthand for the IRS scandal is that employees "targeted" conservative groups for extra scrutiny in the applications for tax-exempt status. Except, as an inspector general's report showed, it wasn't just conservative groups that got extra scrutiny. Plenty of liberal groups had to produce extensive documentation answer dozens of questions, too.
Animal CSI: Inside The Smithsonian's Feather Forensics Lab
A keen eye and extensive knowledge of feathers allows forensic ornithologist Carla Dove (yes, that's her name) figure out from feather and bone fragments which type of bird crashed into a plane or was eaten by a snake. But the expertise has an uncertain future.
How A Merger Could Affect Congress' Favorite Airport
Members of Congress are pushing the Justice Department to preserve flights to small- and medium-sized cities from Reagan National Airport amid a review of the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Changes there could affect flights for lawmakers themselves.
Survey: African Americans Fearful Of U.S. Economy
And now another chapter in our series on African-American lives. NPR conducted a poll of African Americans with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. The survey found optimism but many respondents expressed fears about the economy.
Bay Area Residents Forced To Wait For Bridge Repairs
One of the largest public works project in California history is struggling to re-gain public confidence amid construction delays and questions about whether the new bridge will be safe. A scheduled opening for Labor Day is in doubt as officials race to fix a series of bad bolts that were meant to keep the bridge secure in a catastrophic earthquake.
Fashion's Victims: An Artist's Focus On Garment Workers
More than 1,000 people were killed in the factory collapse in Bangladesh in April. Spanish companies were among those whose clothes were made at the facility. But there's a clash between the allure of low-cost fast fashion and consumer awareness of working conditions. A Spanish artist is doing her bit: She's drawing attention to workers' plight.
Disney World Raises Entrance Price For Magic Kingdom
Disney is trying something new. It's charging a higher admission price for the Magic Kingdom than its other theme parks in Orlando. A one-day pass to the Magic Kingdom now costs $95 — compared to $90 for Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios.
Ranking Indicates Digital Customers Are Unsatisfied
The companies that dominate America's access to TV and the Internet are not making their customers very happy. The American Customer Satisfaction Index examines attitudes toward more than 40 industries. And in that index, cable TV and Internet service providers rank dead last.