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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

Aging workforce finds flexibility but not piece of mind in growing ‘gig economy’

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As a business reporter, I’ve heard the term “gig economy” a lot.

I’ve reported a number of stories that relate to it, from the rise of Uber and Lyft to the push by some port truck drivers to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors by the companies they drive for.

I’ve worked full time for the same company for the last 12 years, so my own professional exposure to the gig economy is limited. But clearly, more people are turning to “gigs” — freelancing, working as independent contractors — to make a living, or at least some extra money.

Who are these people, how many are there, and why have they chosen “gigs” over steady employment? My attempt to answer these questions has put me in touch with some smart and interesting people…via the Public Insight Network.

Is Miami the best place for the Cuban consulate?

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As part of Community Conversations, we asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently: Is Miami the best place for the Cuban consulate?

Bleeding Red Or Blue

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The PIN helped source a guest for a lively talk show discussion on whether Kansas City is a football or baseball town.

Raise your hand, California: Tell us why you’re voting in 2016

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The buzz around the 2016 presidential election has been with us for months. There’s a lot at stake. That’s why we’re asking Californians what issues matter to them most this year. This video primarily features PIN sources sharing the issues that most m…

January madness: Powerball pools drive offices bonkers

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With hallucinatory visions of plutocratic grandeur on sale for just $2 a pop, Powerball tickets have been selling at a rate of more than 2 million an hour since Saturday’s drawing failed to turn up a winner. And a big chunk of those are being sold to groups of office colleagues who’ve pooled their money to cut their odds of winning from an astronomical one in 292 million to a mere one in 30 million or so.