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12:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Own A South Dakota Prairie Town For $400,000

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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And that brings us to the last word in Business which is no sweat. You too can own a piece of the old American frontier.

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An entire town nestled in the flat prairie lands of South Dakota is up for sale for $400,000. You can own Swett - S, W, E, T, T - Swett, South Dakota.

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Business
11:55 am
Tue July 1, 2014

GM Recalls Another 8.5 Million Vehicles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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8:55 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:02 pm

People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were unhappy with the cost of available plans.

But consumer advocates and others who study the insurance market suggest that there may not be a big demand for these plans and that they could expose people to unacceptably high out-of-pocket costs if they got sick.

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Law
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Wraps Up Term Issuing 2 Major Decisions

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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And I'm Renee Montagne. The U.S Supreme Court has wrapped up its latest term, issuing two important decisions. One is a setback for the Affordable Care Act and a victory for some for-profit companies.

GREENE: The other decision is a major defeat for public employee unions. We'll hear reaction to both decisions in a few minutes. We begin our coverage with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Business
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling Draws Attention To Business Lingo

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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The U.S. Supreme court ruled yesterday that the owners of closely held for-profit corporations, like Hobby Lobby, the chain of stores that brought the case, do not have to cover FDA-approved contraceptives in their employee health insurance.

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In this decision, the words closely held stood out. What does closely held actually mean? While the IRS offers a long technical definition, we wanted a simpler one.

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Business
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Oyster Farm's Appeal

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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We reported recently on the Drake's Bay Oyster Company. It's an oyster farm that operates out of the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

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For decades, the family-run farm leased offshore seabeds from the federal government, but their 40 year lease expired in 2012.

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Business
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

French Bank To Pay $8.83 Billion In Sanctions Probe

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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Law
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Some Home Care Workers May Avoid Bargaining Fees, Court Rules

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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And let's turn now to NPR's Cheryl Corley in Chicago. She's been listening to a reaction to the Supreme Court ruling that non-union home healthcare workers no longer have to pay union fees.

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Law
5:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

High Court's Contraception Ruling Draws Strong Reactions

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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Now we get your reaction to both the Supreme Court decisions - first, to the ruling that some businesses can cite religion to opt out of covering contraceptives under the new health care law. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.

JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: In Chicago, a few dozen abortion rights opponents gathered to celebrate the decision as a victory for religious liberty. Emily Zender is with Illinois Rights Alive.

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Business
6:23 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling?

The Supreme Court said protecting the free-exercise rights of owners of corporations, such as Hobby Lobby Stores, protects religious liberty.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:46 pm

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations don't have to pay for workers' contraception, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.

Wrong. An estimated 9 out of 10 businesses are "closely held."

However, some benefits experts question just how many of those companies would want to assert religious views.

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