Robert Benincasa http://www.kunc.org en Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap http://www.kunc.org/post/banks-fill-payday-loan-gap A payday loan is a costly form of credit operating on the fringes of the economy. That's why the target of a new crackdown by federal regulators may surprise you: Instead of a forlorn-looking storefront with a garish neon sign, it's your familiar neighborhood bank.<p>A small but growing number of banks, including some major players, have been offering the equivalent of payday loans, calling them "deposit advances."<p>That is, at least, until bank regulators stepped in Nov. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 52588 at http://www.kunc.org Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play http://www.kunc.org/post/kids-special-needs-more-places-play Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who could swing the highest?<p>It wasn't just a mindless energy burn. Many have called play the work of childhood. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:17:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 48877 at http://www.kunc.org For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers http://www.kunc.org/post/baseball-school-big-league-dreamers If you have ever dreamed of playing big-league baseball, chances are the dream started to fade sometime in high school.<p>It gradually becomes clear: You won't be starting in Game 7 of the World Series, and tipping your cap after hitting a walk-off homer. So at some point you go from player to fan — watching others chase greatness on the diamond.<p>But not every baseball dreamer is willing to give up so early. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 32213 at http://www.kunc.org A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers Where Dollars Are Born http://www.kunc.org/post/where-dollars-are-born DALTON, Mass. – If you were driving through this small town along the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, here's something you might not think about: All the bills in your wallet are visiting their birthplace.<br /> <br />The paper for U.S. currency, the substrate of everyday commerce, has been made here since 1879 by the Crane family.<br /> <br />Crane & Co. vice president Doug Crane represents the eighth generation descended from Stephen Crane, who was making paper before the American Revolution.<br /> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:24:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 27755 at http://www.kunc.org Where Dollars Are Born Should We Kill The Dollar Bill? http://www.kunc.org/post/should-we-kill-dollar-bill Our story begins last month inside a busy Washington, D.C. subway station plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them says: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." Another asks: "Do you heart the dollar?"<p>Political fights in the nation's capital normally involve billions or even trillions, not single dollars. What's going on here?<p>This being Washington, there's a back story. The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:53:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 25924 at http://www.kunc.org Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?