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Something to Think About - Is Free Trade Really Free?

Week in Review
May 24, 2015 11:00 AM

Is Free trade really free?  President Obama has been promoting fast track authorization to conclude a pending trade agreement among twelve Pacific nations. In general, Republicans have favored free trade and Democrats have opposed it.

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A Look Ahead - Bamboo, Robots, and More!

Week in Review
May 24, 2015 10:00 AM

Western cosmetics brands are tapping new sources of inspiration from Asia: Bamboo grass, mushrooms and snails to name a few.

The machine hums along, quietly scanning the slides, generating Pap smear diagnostics, just the way a college-educated, well-compensated lab technician might. A robot with emotion-detection software interviews visitors to the United States at the border. In field tests, this eerily named “embodied avatar kiosk” does much better than humans in catching those with invalid documentation.

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Michigan News - Senate Planning to Remain in Session This Summer

Week in Review
May 24, 2015 9:00 AM

The Michigan Senate is planning to remain in session this summer after voters rejected a road-funding proposal on last week's ballot. Lawmakers typically break in June and don't return until September except for holding an occasional session if needed. But Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall announced the addition of 30 session days to the calendar.

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A Look Around the Nation and the World

Week in Review
May 23, 2015 1:00 PM

In 50 years of making bourbon barrels, no one had ever offered Leroy McGinnis more than what he charged for them. But over the past six months, multiple distillers have offered to pay him $250 a barrel—a 70% premium above the $150 list price. The offer illustrates just how scarce bourbon barrels have become.

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Important Reports and Announcements Heard Last Week

Week in Review
May 23, 2015 12:00 PM

U.S. employers resumed steady hiring last month and the jobless rate fell, a sign of the economy snapping back from a brutal winter. Nonfarm payrolls grew a seasonally adjusted 223,000 in April, the Labor Department said. Hiring had slowed sharply in March, to a gain of 85,000, revised from an initial report of 126,000. The unemployment rate, drawn from a separate survey of households, fell a 10th of a point in April to 5.4%, the lowest level in almost seven years and closer to the Federal Reserve's expectation of "full" employment, which it pegs between 5% and 5.2%.

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US Stocks up, China Currency Fairly Valued, and More from Wall Street

Week in Review
May 23, 2015 11:00 AM

U.S. stocks ended Friday's choppy session fractionally higher with the main indexes recording weekly gains. The S&P closed 2 points higher at 2,123, a fresh record. The Dow added 20, to 18,273 and the Nasdaq ended the session down 3 at 5,048.

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Small Business Management Insight from a Family-Owned Restaurant Group

Business Next
May 23, 2015 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, Vice President Communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jasmine Neveles, of TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants. TEAM Schostak is a family-owned restaurant group with an expansive portfolio of casual and fast-casual dining restaurants throughout the state of Michigan, including Applebee’s, Burger King, MOD Pizza and Del Taco.

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Leadership lessons from Kalamazoo Entrepreneur Sheri Welsh

Business Next
May 23, 2015 9:00 AM

Michael Rogers, Vice President Communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Sheri Welsh, the President of Welsh and Associates, Inc. in Kalamazoo. Welsh is a member of SBAM’s Leadership Council.

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2015 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Award Presentations

Michigan Business Beat
May 22, 2015 4:00 PM

This pair of segments bring the listeners in on the action of the awards presentation portion of Thursday evening, May 7, for the event, Michigan Celebrates Small Business, at the Lansing Center.

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Building Your Business Reputation on Trust

Communicating Business
May 22, 2015 3:00 PM

Widely regarded as a nationally known pioneer in the field of turnaround management, Jim McTevia shares his experience on how to build a reputation on trust. He is the author of the book "The Culture of Debt," which can be beneficial to anyone in business.

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