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Aug 8, 2009

''The Business of Poverty''

On PBS' Bill Moyers Journal, Safe Banking Opportunities project director Matt Fellowes spoke about financial products and services utilized by lower-income consumers, the market opportunity in serving these households, and how it can be improved to benefit both these consumers as well as the businesses serving them.

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Source: Bill Moyers Journal on PBS

Aug 12, 2009

''The New Math of Financial Aid''

Despite the availability of federal money, many students rely on private loans from banks. According to TICAS's Project on Student Debt, the proportion of undergrads who took out such loans jumped from 5 percent in 2003–04 to 14 percent in 2007–08.

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Source: Newsweek

Aug 17, 2009

''City’s Poor Still Distrust Banks''

"In 1986, when the Lower East Side had just one bank in a 100-square-block area, the high numbers of residents without bank accounts alarmed the city but did not surprise anyone. In the years since, the number of bank branches has skyrocketed, with the big names compelled to open in underserved areas."

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Source: The New York Times

Aug 18, 2009

''Starting Thursday, Credit Card Users Get More Rights''

"The first phase of the landmark credit card legislation signed by President Obama in May will take effect this week, forcing card issuers to give consumers more time to pay their bills and to consider interest rate increases."

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Source: The Washington Post

Aug 18, 2009

''Activists Focus on Conflicts of Interest Among Doctors With Ties to Industry''

"94 percent of physicians have 'a relationship' with the pharmaceutical, medical device or other related industries, according to a national survey of physicians published two years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine."

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Source: The Washington Post

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Aug 19, 2009

''Reforms for Credit Cards Go in Effect''

"Although most credit card reforms approved by Congress this year won't take effect until February, a few provisions kick in Thursday — and consumers could start getting some relief from rising interest rates."

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Source: Democrat and Chronicle

Aug 20, 2009

''Interactive Map Shows Nano Metros''

Looking for a job in nanotechnology? You might want to check out just where the nano hot spots are around the country. I have just the resource. The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies created an interactive map of the United States showing the locations of the more than 1,200 companies, universities, government laboratories, and organizations working in nanotechnology.

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Source: Discovery Channel's Material World

Aug 20, 2009

''Part of new credit card law kicks in today''

"New credit card restrictions are set to take effect today that will give consumers more information but only limited relief from high interest rates and fees."

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Source: USA Today

Aug 22, 2009

''Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass''

"Now, new research suggests that atrazine may be dangerous at lower concentrations than previously thought. Recent studies suggest that, even at concentrations meeting current federal standards, the chemical may be associated with birth defects, low birth weights and menstrual problems."

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Source: The New York Times

Sep 8, 2009

''Drug company paid MN doctors $754,127''

"Minnesota doctors were paid thousands of dollars in speaker fees and other payments last year by a pharmaceutical company now implicated in a congressional investigation for its aggressive promotion of a popular antidepression drug, according to documents filed with the state and analyzed by a nonprofit group."

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Source: Minnesota Star-Tribune

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