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In the first few months of the year, the data we got about the economy was a little worrying. As a whole, it made some economists - and some of us - feel a little pessimistic about our economic future. The data pointed to fewer jobs being added to the economy, lackluster retail sales, and lower global growth projections from international agencies like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

But lately, it seems like these indicators have been picking up, which seems to be a good sign for the economy. Today on The Indicator, is everything really awesome?

Officials from the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) gave an update Wednesday to the City Council Safety Committee on efforts to bring police practices in line with a federal consent decree.

During the hearing, officials presented a few statistics from 2018 as signs of progress: a 29 percent reduction in reported police uses of force compared to 2017; a 22 percent decrease in officer injuries; and, with the exception of rape, a decrease in the number of major crimes reported.

If you've got some room in your yard, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has a challenge for you. The zoo is encouraging people to plant a garden for pollinators like butterflies and bees.

Sri Lanka's president is gutting his security services after failure to act on intelligence that may have prevented Sunday's terrorist attacks. Funerals have begun for the more than 300 people killed.

Authorities blame Islamist extremists for Sunday's bombings in Sri Lanka. Some Muslims are on edge. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Hilmy Ahamed, vice president of the Muslim Council in Sri Lanka.

Boeing has released a quarterly earnings report that shows revenue and profit taking a hit from the grounding of its 737 MAX planes. Profits fell 13% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Overall revenues fell much less though, only 2%.

Relly Brown's ground-floor apartment near Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood still resembles the hotel room it once was: four walls, no kitchen and a mattress that takes up half the floor. A shade is drawn over the only window, keeping it dim and reasonably cool on a warm spring afternoon.

"I'm living in a box," said Brown, 26, who was placed here in December through a program called "Rapid Re-housing," which provides short-term rental vouchers to use on the private market. Typically, the subsidies cover security deposits and the first three to six months of rent.

Iran's foreign minister is proposing a prisoner swap and cooperation with the U.S. on Afghanistan and Iraq. But he says the U.S. pressure campaign won't bring Iran to its knees.

President Trump is telling his aides not to cooperate with congressional investigators following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Rep. Ilhan Omar was a controversial figure even before she was sworn in as a member of Congress in January. But the Minnesota Democrat insists she's a voice for those who don't get attention.

Poet Franny Choi reads a poem from her new book Soft Science and describes how poets of color are supporting each other.

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Eight Democratic presidential candidates faced the same basic question today in Houston: Why should women of color vote for them?

The first-ever She The People Presidential Forum – organized by and centered around questions from women of color – served as a repeated reminder of the key role that minority women play in Democratic politics.

Ohio’s top elections official says it’s already easy to vote in Ohio but he says wants to make it even easier. Here's what he wants to do.

Jane Rosenthal is a film producer with the a side gig as a CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival

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Running the Tribeca Film Festival is Jane Rosenthal’s side hustle. Rosenthal co-founded it with her producing partner, Robert De Niro, in the aftermath of 9/11 when few visitors wanted to make their way downtown. Her more than 50 credits include movies like “Meet the Parents,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the upcoming Martin Scorsese directed crime drama “The Irishman," which will be released by Netflix later this year.

The state has launched a new portal for its 320 opportunity zones, so those economically distressed communities can showcase the projects potential investors can put money into.