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AIR DATE: June 3, 2009

Three years ago The New York Times touted Southern Nevada as one of the last hopes for blue-collar Americans, a place where middle-income people could raise families on $50,000 a year, buy a home, save money and send their kids to college. Has that changed amid the current economic crisis? We talk with Review-Journal columnist Geoff Schumacher, KNPR producer Ian Mylcreest and Brookings Institution senior economist Isabel Sawhill.

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