Economics & Economy

Arctic climate change: less ice, more cruise ships

Aug 18, 2016
Graelyn Brashear

The Crystal Serenity set out from Seward, Alaska this week on a historic trip. With 1,700 people onboard, it will be the first big luxury ship to chart a course through the Northwest Passage, the once-elusive sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific above North America.

Skills training is having a moment

Aug 18, 2016
Amy Scott

In a recent speech at a manufacturing plant in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got big applause for this line: “A four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job in America.”

Clinton promised more support for alternatives like paid apprenticeships, union training and trades like welding, tool and die making, and coding.

Marketplace for Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aug 18, 2016
Andy Uhler

The Justice Department announced today that it will end the use of private companies to run prisons; how the government plans to pay for the flood damage in Louisiana; and how coal companies in bankruptcy are getting out of huge liabilities for cleaning up their mine sites because of a loophole

Donna Tam

Another effort to relieve Olympians of the taxes associated with their medals is underway, potentially shielding some of our country’s top athletes from paying thousands of dollars on their wins.

Scott Tong

Just about every big coal mining company in America is in bankruptcy, or emerging from it. That includes the world’s largest private sector coal firm: Peabody Energy.

Peabody won court approval to set aside just a small amount of money for environmental cleanup – a mere 15 cents on the dollar. That leaves the states in which it operates at risk for the rest.