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September 13, 2011 04:37 PM

Tuesday Evening Business Brief

Stock prices finished the session with modest gains. The Dow was up 45 points to 11,106.
The S&P added about 11 or 0.9 percent, while the Nasdaq rose 37 points.
  • President Barack Obama today delivered a fiery speech in the crucial electoral state of Ohio to pitch his jobs plan. Republicans who control the House flatly oppose his plans to pay for his plan by raising taxes on wealthier Americans.
  • The House today approved a stopgap bill intended to avoid a shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs. Senate action is expected later this week, with the goal of avoiding another partisan standoff like the one this summer.
  • Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will enter the Massachusetts Senate primary tomorrow. She'll look to unseat incumbent Republican Scott Brown. A spokesman says Warren will greet commuters in Boston and make other stops across the state tomorrow.
  • The Census Bureau says the number of the nation's poor has topped a record 46 million. That's nearly 1 in 6 Americans. And, the number without health insurance has reached nearly 50 million, the most in over two decades.

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