These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.


  • The U.S. economy slowed in the last quarter of 2015 as corporate profits and inventory investments declined, but increased consumer spending helped lessen the blow.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau previously announced plans to issue payday loan regulations sometime this spring to prevent predatory lending practices. New reports have indicated that payday loan activity has been increasing, and minorities are particularly affected.
  • On March 24, several train cars derailed in Callaway, Minnesota, after colliding with a propane truck. Legislators pushing for a train safety bill say the derailment highlights the need for improved rail safety.