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How to be a Zamboni driver

2 hours ago

Ryan Hevern is an ice technician at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. He also works part-time driving Zambonis at Minnesota's 3M Arena and is currently working at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He started driving a Zamboni right out of high school and has been working on the ice for eight years. 

Student loan debt affects more than 44 million Americans, who hold about $1.4 trillion in debt.

Marketplace Weekend spoke to Adam Looney, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and author of the group's latest report on student loan repayment. Here are the three big takeaways:

Researchers from George Washington University announced Thursday they will be conducting a recount of Hurricane Maria's death toll amidst conflicting accounts that have emerged since the hurricane hit, rekindling conversation about recovery efforts on the island. Beyond the challenges of physical reconstruction, Puerto Rico is also facing a debt crisis.

Does your dog really need "natural" food?

3 hours ago

General Mills is set to pay $8 billion for pet food maker Blue Buffalo. That's the company that markets, among other products, "farm-to-table canine cuisine.” Here’s what’s behind this deal — and why this market is so red hot.

Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

At the Reisterstown Plaza Metro station in Baltimore, loudspeakers were blasting WTTZ, the Maryland Transportation Channel. Yes, the Baltimore Metro has a radio station. But today, and for another few weeks, there is no subway service. On Feb. 11, the Maryland Transit Administration announced it would shut down the city’s only subway line for a month to make emergency track repairs.

Habib Malik, 64, stood on the curb, waiting for one of the free shuttles the MTA has arranged during the repairs.

Enforcing minimum wage is harder than you think

3 hours ago

Raising the minimum wage is a perennial issue in the business and economic news cycle. But according to a new investigation from Politico, we might do well to focus on enforcing existing wage laws first and make sure workers are paid what they're owed. When they're not, it's wage theft. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal spoke with Marianne Levine, who wrote the story. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

How all-day cafes are changing our lives

5 hours ago

Where do you go when you find yourself in need of a place to sit and work for awhile? Or a place to take a meeting? Or a little corner where you get a bite to eat that's maybe one step up the food chain that from your local coffee shop where you can only get pastries and stale bagels?

Welcome to the all-day cafe where you can work, eat all three meals and feel extremely welcomed.

Christine Muhlke is editor at large of Bon Appetit Magazine and a regular patron of all-day cafes.

02/23/2018: The NRA's brand trouble

5 hours ago

The National Rifle Association is losing business ties in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week. SimpliSafe, Met Life, Enterprise and a handful of other companies have said they're done with the group. It's a powerful brand, and companies tend to want to align themselves with a such a big group of passionate potential customers. But in the wake of a tragedy, the calculation looks a little different. That's where we're starting today.

How much do gun-related injuries cost U.S. hospitals?

6 hours ago

Three billion dollars. Yep, gun-related injuries cost the U.S. hospital system about $3 billion each year, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs. Most injuries occur during an assault. And when people wind up in an emergency room, the costs add up to about $100,000 per person. MarketWatch health care reporter Emma Court reported on that data and spoke to the study's authors.

It's almost that time of the year again: tax filing season.

We've got new tax rules that were recently signed into law. Most of the changes from the new law will go into effect in 2019, but there are some issues people ought to think about right now. Investment adviser and certified personal accountant Jonathan Gerber shares five things you need to know about the new law.

1) What impact has the tax reform act had on the tax rates of most Americans?