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  • In particular, the massive hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho are crucial suppliers of electricity to California via high-voltage transmission lines, known as paths.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- The U.S. debt limit suddenly looks a lot less threatening as Republicans in the House of Representatives struggle to choose from a diminishing list of minor conditions for an increase needed by the end of this month.

  • As a result, lawmakers from both the establishment wing of the Republican Party and the more fiscally conservative small-government proponents in the Tea Party movement are exploring healthcare policies. U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said it would be a major topic at a Republican retreat next week.

  • Micron profit boosted by Elpida buy, chip recovery Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Micron reported higher profit in the first quarter, helped by strong sales at its Elpida business and a recovery in chip prices.

  • Thinning blue line: Police cuts cripple cities Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    In crisis: Trenton police on patrol in the Garden State's capitol

    Wider efforts to rebuild America's deeply depressed cities can't succeed until public safety is restored.

  • The new city economy Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 9:45 AM ET
    Ford Motor Co. said it will invest $200 million to make four-cylinder engines at the Ford Motor Co. Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio.

    Even struggling metros are having success in attracting investment. In the process, they are creating a virtuous cycle of creativity.

  • How Orlando and Phoenix are making a comeback Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:47 AM ET
    Orlando, Florida

    These sunshine cities have focused their efforts on developing new industry niches to strengthen their local economies and promote future growth.

  • Miami vice: Shady muni deals cripple cities Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    The ebbing economic tide from the Great Recession revealed some of the worst swindles in municipal finance in decades.

  • Is the muni bond market about to blow up? Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 9:26 AM ET
    Detroit city grate is missing a cover. With cut backs to city services, Detroit's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.

    Detroit's bankruptcy, and rumblings about tax overhaul, have fueled a big sell off in the municipal bond market. What's next?

  • Behind the scenes: 'Critical Condition' US tour Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:34 AM ET
    Home of Charles Lang Freer, Detroit railroad car manufacturer.

    Visit any American city and it doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to see where its greatness came from—however faded it may seem to be.

  • This small city is full of big surprises Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:15 AM ET
    Market Street Bridge and the Tennessee Aquarium.

    Chattanooga has made a comeback over the last 5 years thanks to investing in high-speed broadband. In the process, it has wooed $4 billion in foreign investment.

  • Damage to city budgets: Some was self-inflicted Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    View of downtown Oakland, California.

    Interest rate swaps - sold as a way to save money on public financing - have turned into municipal bombs.

  • The state of urban America: A tale of two cities Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Lawrence Payne walks past two abandoned houses on September 4, 2013 in the Six Mile Gratiot neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.

    The head of the National Urban League outlines a plan to close the economic divide that's crippling U.S. cities.

  • GOP: Tea party overstayed its welcome Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Tea party activist William Temple protests in front of he U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012.

    Tea party candidates in the 2014 congressional elections will try to unseat Republican incumbents they say aren't conservative enough.

  • Massive wildfires in Idaho     Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 1:21 PM ET

    NBC's Miguel Almaguar reports the wildfire in Idaho is threatening more than 5,000 homes.

  • What you won’t see in a Chris Christie campaign ad Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    New Jersey’s standing in America's Top States for Business has declined since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010. It finishes 42nd this year.

  • Biggest losers in the top states rankings Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 9:51 AM ET
    Chicago, Illinois

    New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California fill out the list with the biggest drops in our America's Top States for Business rankings for 2013.

  • Is 'right to work' law a competitive advantage? Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 12:03 PM ET
    A worker makes denim jeans in Michigan.

    Unions say right-to-work laws infringe on workers’ collective bargaining rights, and proponents call for a federal law as opposed to the current patchwork of state statutes.

  • Hawaii: The Worst State for Business in America Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    Traffic in Hawaii.

    Life's not always a beach in Hawaii: The Aloha State is ranked as America's Worst State for Business in America 2013.

  • The Most Improved States for Business 2013 Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:45 PM ET
    An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

    More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.