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On Thursday’s NewsHour: Wall Street Check-up, Sudan Secession Vote

ECONOMIC RECOVERY UPDATE | Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, raising hopes for a healthier job market next year. Jeffrey Brown recaps the latest numbers and takes an end-of-the-year look at the stock market with Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

SUDAN’S SECESSION VOTE LOOMS LARGE | A referendum set for next month in Sudan could split the already war-torn country in two. Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye has the first of two reports on the challenges and opportunities if the South declares independence.

SOCIAL MEDIA AS CHARITY TOOL | Americans are expected to have given roughly $300 billion in charitable donations in 2010 with individuals making up $220 billion of that. For a closer look at the role of social media in philanthropy and its limitations, Ray Suarez speaks with Allison Fine, co-author of “The Networked Nonprofit” and host of the “Social Good” podcast for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

PAUL NEWMAN’S POSTHUMOUS PHILANTHROPIC WORK | WNPR reporter John Dankosky narrates a Connecticut Public Television report on another model for philanthropy that was pioneered by the well-known actor.

EXIT INTERVIEW: MINNESOTA REP. JAMES OBERSTAR |Judy Woodruff talks with veteran Congressman James Oberstar of Minnesota — one of the leading Democrats swept out of office in last month’s election.

NEW ARIZ. LAW TO END ETHNIC STUDIES CLASSES | An Arizona law is going into effect Friday aimed at shutting down ethnic studies classes in Tucson’s public schools, but is binding on all public schools in the state. Lucky Severson reports on the new law in a story that aired on the PBS program, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

REMEMBERING JAZZ PIANIST BILLY TAYLOR | We remember the life and music of Billy Taylor, the jazz pianist, composer, educator and advocate, who died Tuesday in New York of heart failure.

Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez anchor Thursday night’s program. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

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