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The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia's Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms 16.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. On a surface-mine-turned-farm in Mingo County, West Virginia, former coal miner Wilburn Jude plunks down three objects on the bed of his work truck: a piece of coal, a sponge, and a peach. He's been tasked with bringing in items that represent his life's past, present, and future. "This is my heritage right here," he says, picking up the coal. Since the time of his Irish immigrant great-grandfathers, all the males in his family have been miners. "Right now I'm a sponge," he says, pointing to the next object, "learning up here on this job, in school, everywhere, and doing the best I can to change everything around me." Then he holds up the peach. "And then my future. I'm going to be a piece of fruit. I'm going to be able to put out good things to help other people." Jude works for Refresh Appalachia, a social enterprise that partners with Reclaim Appalachia to convert ...
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Trump ties immigration demands to DACA deal, including border wall 9.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Trump wants sweeping immigration law changes as part of any legislative fix for the program that allows Dreamers to stay in the U.S. Democrats say this "fails to represent any attempt at compromise."
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Trump Ties Immigration Demands To DACA Deal, Including Border Wall 9.10.2017 NPR News
Trump wants sweeping immigration law changes as part of any legislative fix for the program that allows Dreamers to stay in the U.S. Democrats say this "fails to represent any attempt at compromise."
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U.S. loses 33,000 jobs in September after hurricanes slam Texas, Florida 6.10.2017 LA Times: Business

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma walloped the labor market last month, causing the nation to lose jobs for the first time in seven years, the Labor Department said Friday.

Total nonfarm employment declined by 33,000 net jobs in September compared with an upwardly revised gain of 169,000 the previous...

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A Denver landscaper’s “hire American” plan ended with bringing in Mexican workers to finish the job 6.10.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Few Americans last doing the backbreaking work for $14 an hour. For some migrant workers, it's an opportunity to give their families something better.
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Large-scale apartment development is underway in Marina Arts District 5.10.2017 LA Times: Business

A Los Angeles real estate developer is building 230 apartments in the city’s burgeoning Marina Arts District, a former industrial zone by Marina del Rey.

California Landmark Group, which has built other residential complexes in the neighborhood, has started construction on an apartment and office...

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California Inc.: The impact of DACA on state's agriculture industry 2.10.2017 LA Times: Business

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

Data breaches remain a dark cloud over the business world. On Friday, Whole Foods became...

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Trump's wall is big, beautiful and dumb — here's a better way to control the border 20.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If the goal is to stop illegal immigration, I’ve got some advice for President Trump from here in California, which used to be part of Mexico and now has turned itself into a kind of sanctuary state.

For starters, the promised “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border of the United States...

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Hurricane victims facing a long road to home reconstruction 13.9.2017 AP Business
With floodwaters nearing knee height, Arlene Estle fled to the upstairs of the Houston house where she's lived for 50 years and raised four children. It was many hours later before her son-in-law arrived by boat to rescue her....
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They helped clean up the wreckage of 9/11. Now they face the threat of deportation 12.9.2017 LA Times: Nation

Within days of the terror attack that destroyed the World Trade Center, word spread in the immigrant neighborhoods of New York that workers were desperately needed to aid in the cleanup. The job would pay cash, about $10 an hour — no questions asked about Society Security cards or immigration status.

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Congress warns Trump against scrapping South Korea trade agreement 6.9.2017 LA Times: Business

Responding to reports that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing from the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement, congressional leaders overseeing trade are calling on the White House to pursue further discussions instead of pulling out of a pact with an important economic and geopolitical...

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Immigrants are sought for labor shortage in Harvey recovery 5.9.2017 AP National
HOUSTON (AP) -- As a parade of motorists rolled down their windows on the edges of a Houston Home Depot parking lot offering cash, the crowd of day laborers had slowly thinned to about a dozen by mid-morning....
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On Illinois farms, where labor is tight, foreign workers are welcomed 18.8.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Wayne Sirles parks his dusty pickup amid rows of peach trees, where Mexican pickers pluck fruit that a few years ago dropped to the ground to rot for lack of hands to harvest it. Not this year. Sirles, whose great-great-grandfather founded Rendleman Orchards in the tiny town of Alto Pass in ...
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This Cuban immigrant family has been keeping Los Angeles caffeinated for half a century 9.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When you go to Don Francisco’s Casa Cubana, a sleek new coffeehouse in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles, you might want to order a cortadito — espresso with steamed milk — and walk to the rear, past the antique coffee gear on display, past the swank Victoria Arduino Black Eagle...

As California's labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots 21.7.2017 LA Times: Business

Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it.

But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven...

A decade after immigration raids displaced Latinos in this Nebraska meatpacking town, little has changed for the native-born 14.7.2017 LA Times: Nation

Upon his wife’s death, George Katrouzos dropped his three children at a Chicago orphanage with a promise: He would make a life in Grand Island, Neb. — a town that was going someplace, a town that had streetlights — and he would come back for them.

Katrouzos, who came to America from Greece, did...

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Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots 6.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Not long after the pizzeria Zume opened for business last year, its kitchen staff noticed a problem with some of its pizzas: they had holes in them.

It wasn’t the fault of the workers, who rolled out intact dough bases. There wasn’t a kitchen mole prodding holes. It wasn’t even the recipe — a Zume...

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Construction spending flat in May 3.7.2017 LA Times: Business

U.S. construction spending was flat in May with home building falling again, even as buyers face climbing prices and a shortage of available properties on the market.

The Commerce Department reported on Monday no increase in construction spending in May, which follows a report two weeks ago showing...

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Tesla's Musk predicts: 30 Model 3's in July, 20,000 in December 3.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As promised, Tesla will begin producing some of its mass-market Model 3 electric-powered sedans this month.

In a series of late-night tweets Sunday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk announced a “handover party” on July 28, where 30 customers will receive Model 3s. August production “should be” 150...

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Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours 3.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...

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