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The Custom Group trains workers at its school to use many of the latest high-tech machines. But for simple tasks, workers still use some of the original equipment from 1969, when the company started. Chris Arnold /NPR hide caption

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To Fill Job Skills, Firm Brings Training In House

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A homeowner fills out a form to request mortgage information at a Fannie Mae Mortgage Help Center in Culver City, Calif. Politicians and economists are debating the merits of a grand plan to offer many homeowners the opportunity to refinance. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Mass-Refinancing Plan Has Doubters

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Charles Gibson and his wife, Michelle, are helped by a Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America staff member in getting a reduction on their loan for their Riverside, Calif., home. Some economists are pushing for a plan that would streamline refinancing for all government-backed loans. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Economic Woes Spur Interest In Refinancing Plan

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U.S. Homeownership Remains At 10-Year Low

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John and Nancy Longval say they've had a hard time working with their lender, CitiMortgage, on a loan modification. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Housing Advocates Seek Foreclosure Options

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Fannie, Freddie Bailout Continues To Cost Taxpayers

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John and Nancy Longval are on the verge of getting a loan modification after petitioning their lender, CitiMortgage, for two years. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Mediation Effort Aims To Untangle Foreclosure Mess

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Is Economy's Partial Recovery Enough For Voters?

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Major U.S. Banks Investigated For Foreclosure Fraud

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Congress Weighs Big Homeowner Refinancing Plan

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Some economists want the government to automatically refinance homeowners to prevent further foreclosures. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Remedy For Foreclosures Has Economists Divided

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Advocates Charge Foreclosure Process Is Still Broken

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Whither Small Businesses? The Debate Over Tax Cuts

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Low In Supply, Used Cars Costing Drivers More

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Mixed Reaction To Obama's Business Tax-Break Plan

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