Andrew Stelzer: Radio & Print Journalist

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Gary Shows, the owner of Alko Office supply, which doesn't accept pennies.

There’s been a long running debate about whether the penny has outlived it’s usefulness.  This story takes us to a ‘penny-free’ store, a charity that needs pennies to survive, and groups working both to save and eliminate the iconic 1-cent piece.

This story originally aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition in November 2009.