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Why are more states changing pay transparency laws?

New laws mean more employers are required to share salary data with prospective employees.

 | Scripps News Staff

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US added a strong 517,000 jobs in January despite Fed hikes

Companies are still seeking more workers and are hanging on tightly to the ones they have.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

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Mortgage rates fall for 4th consecutive week

The average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped slightly by 0.04% to 6.09%.

 | Scripps News Staff

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'Skin whitening' never left the beauty industry

From controversies around labor in fashion to plastic surgery trends, the "Better Beauty" series dives into the changing beauty industry.

 | Scripps News Staff

Field workers prepare for a day of work in Arizona.

At Arizona-Mexico border, field workers commute to meet crop quotas

In the salad bowl of the U.S., field workers are working through long hours, harsh weather and border commutes to put food on America's tables.

 | Adi Guajardo

Exxon Mobil Billings Refinery sits in Billings, Montana

Exxon reports record profits on heels of Chevron

Critics say both inside and out of government those margins ought to renew interest in a windfall profits tax on big oil.

 | John Mone

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The US is facing a critical shortage of high tech engineers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2016 and 2026 there has been and will be a shortfall of six million engineers, or more.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

The final Boeing 747 lands at Paine Field following a test flight

Boeing bids farewell to an icon, delivers last 747 jumbo jet

Since 1969, the 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft.

 | AP

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Why are retail thefts on the rise?

It’s organized retail crime — where the thefts are planned, and part of organized rings.

 | Scripps News Staff

A "for sale" sign is posted in front of a home.

10 best cities for first-time homebuyers in 2023

The list of desirable markets was based on factors such as population size, housing availability, median listing prices and job opportunities.

 | Tricia Goss

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Businesses tap into booming short-form social video

Nearly all growth in both consumer spending and hours spent on video apps has skyrocketed.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

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WTKR: Scammers luring job hunters with fake remote jobs

The Federal Trade Commission shares warning signs as scammers are going to great lengths to get job seekers' personal information.

 | John Matarese

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Animal rescues see fewer adoptions, more surrenders due to inflation

Rising economic costs have made it difficult for pet owners to keep animals they adopted during the pandemic, and for rescues to pay for their care.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

Employees in hard hats.

Record job switching has contributed to higher inflation

A paper by the Chicago Federal Reserve shows that job switching boosted inflation an extra percentage point as people were able to garner higher pay.

 | Daniel Grossman

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US inflation and consumer spending cooled in December

The overall spending figures for the final two months of 2022 were the weakest in two years.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

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Texas bill would ban nationals from 4 countries from buying land

A proposed Texas bill prohibits land sales to entities and individuals with ties to North Korea, Russia, China and Iran.

 | John Mone

Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York.

How do Amazon packages get delivered so quickly?

When retailers like Amazon deliver on their speedy shipping promises, it’s good news for consumers. But it can compromise workplace safety.

 | Simon Kaufman

A hiring sign displayed at a McDonald's restaurant.

McDonald's Among Companies Trying To Stop California Minimum Wage Hike

In-N-Out, Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, and Domino's are among several companies opposing the $22 an hour minimum wage increase.

 | Justin Boggs

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US economy slowed but still grew at 2.9% rate last quarter

The nation's gross domestic product decelerated last quarter from the 3.2% annual growth it posted from July through September.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Adam Symson sits down with Christian Bryant.

E.W. Scripps CEO shares his thoughts on the changing news industry

Adam Symson sits down with Scripps News' Christian Bryant to explore news industry challenges and why he has hope for the future of media.

 | Scripps News Staff

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How to navigate recent Airbnb changes

Airbnb — and other rental websites — are introducing new changes to make things easier for travelers and hosts.

 | John Matarese

Maya Rudolph.

Maya Rudolph replaces M&M's 'spokescandies' amid controversy

Changes to the brand's cartoon characters drew criticism — but some observers wonder if it's a Super Bowl publicity stunt.

 | Kaitlin Gates

People walk past a Microsoft store.

Microsoft reports outage for Teams, Outlook, other services

Microsoft said a network change that was suspected to be causing the problem was rolled back and that it is monitoring as the rollback takes effect.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Scripps News' studio is shown while filming "The Why."

How do you make a news story? Here's our step-by-step process

Scripps News pulls back the curtain on how we create a story from start to finish, from an idea to your screen.

 | Nathaniel Reed

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida

Supply chain issues slowing down recovery from natural disasters

Supply chain shortages can cause years-long delays in recovering from natural disasters.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Why don't Americans trust the media?

On National News Literacy Week, media experts share where the mistrust in media likely came from and how to know which outlets to trust.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Which American cities are experiencing the most inflation in 2023?

Experts say there are three primary factors causing inflation to skyrocket, with housing at the top of the list.

 | Tricia Goss

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Employers look beyond criminal records to make up for labor shortage

For people who served prison time, the unemployment rate is 60% from the time of their release until four years later.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

A farm worker tends to plants.

How immigration contributes to the labor shortage

Some economic experts say what makes the U.S. thrive are the small farms and small businesses utilizing immigrants as employees.

 | Tomas Hoppough

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America is facing a child care crisis

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 provided $39 billion in child care relief funds that are starting to run dry.

 | Diane Duenez