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The Overnighters | The Problem

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At a town council meeting, commissioners consider a ban on RV parking.

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

The Overnighters | Life at Church

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Pastor Jay Reinke talks about his "overnighters" program.

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

The Overnighters | Church Members Object

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Overnighters act in ways that Shelly Schultz, a church member, considers disrespectful.

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

Job Seekers Face Long Searches in Tough Economy

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As part of his ongoing series on "Making Sense" of the economy, NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman visits a Manhattan job fair where many people have been out of work for as long as a year.

The Overnighters | Sleeping at the Church

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"We have people literally walking up to our door from all over the world." - Pastor Jay

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

Economist Studies Why People Cheat

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Is cheating wrong? Are some types of cheating worse than others? NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to a behavioral economist about what influences cheating.

New Deal vs. the Stimulus Package

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Now that government money has begun to trickle down to specific projects in St. Louis, developers hope that the stimulus package will revitalize the city the way that the New Deal did in the 1930s.

Race Riot of 1906 | Georgia Stories

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How can we avoid repeating our past mistakes? One of the best ways is to understand what happened and why it happened so we can avoid doing the same thing in the future. One such event in Georgia's past was the race riot of 1906. As economic conditions worsened after the Civil War, poor whites joined blacks moving to Atlanta where both groups competed for work. In mid-September, a riot started in Atlanta when violent mobs of whites began randomly attacking black men, beating and killing them.

Child Labor and the Textile Mills | Georgia Stories

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Today there are laws that regulate how many hours children can work and at what age they can begin to work. That was not always the case. In the early 1900s there were no Georgia laws prohibiting child labor, a situation that coincided with the rise of the textile industry. Professor John Lupold of Columbus College describes how poor Georgians abandoned their farms and moved to cities to find work. Times were so hard that everyone in the family worked. 

Tough Job Market Hurting Older Workers

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NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman looks at the challenges older workers face trying to secure a job, let alone retire, amid the downturn.

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