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3:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Nestle To Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Line

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:09 am

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NPR's business news starts with an acquisition for Nestle.

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3:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:36 am

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Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Though those price drops have been leveling off, so things definitely aren't as bad as they were.

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3:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

N.C. Company Handcrafts Artisan Jeans In Raleigh

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:50 am

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Back a half-century ago, much of North Carolina's work force, 40 percent, got a paycheck from the textile industry. These days, it's less than 2 percent, with many of those lost jobs going overseas.

But one company - Raleigh Denim - has found a way to thrive in North Carolina, by making blue jeans the old-fashioned way. Here's Laurin Penland with the story.

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3:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Afghanistan

Deal Reached On U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:36 am

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3:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

German Chemical Plant Fire Threatens Auto Backlog

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:36 am

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Next, we have a tale of globalization, how a single fire at a company in Germany could affect business in Detroit or Shanghai.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The company is a chemical plant in a town called Marl. An explosion there killed two people. It was a tragedy, but did not seem to have global significance.

MONTAGNE: Until car companies realized that Marl is vital to their business. NPR's Sonari Glinton explains.

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