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Battle heats up over Southwest water

Stacey Vanek Smith | Sep 24, 2007
It was a long dry summer across the Southwest United States. And climate experts say it's only going to get worse -- which has made one already scarce commodity all the more precious. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on the competition for water between cities and the countryside.

'Buy 1, Give 1' laptop campaign boots up

Steve Tripoli | Sep 24, 2007
Remember the group that want to provide a $100 laptop computer to kids in poor countries? It hit a snag, in part, because it couldn't deliver the machine at that price. Today, it rebooted its business plan. Steve Tripoli reports.

Eavesdropping, the next business model

Jill Barshay | Sep 24, 2007
A company is offering a new Internet phone service free to users. Interested? Here's the catch: You have to let the company listen in on your calls so it can show you advertising related to your conversation. Jill Barshay reports.

Leaving coal mining behind

Kyle James | Sep 24, 2007
Coal mines and steel factories in Germany's Ruhr Valley once drove the country's recovery from World War II. But modern economic realities are changing a way of life. Kyle James reports.

Less farming, less poverty?

| Sep 24, 2007
About a third of the world's workers are in farming. But in the prosperity of Europe and the United States, less than 2 percent of all workers till the soil. Commentator and business historian John Steele Gordon says getting more people off the land would be progress.

Wal-Mart looks for more green

Sam Eaton | Sep 24, 2007
Wal Mart says it will begin asking its suppliers to voluntarily measure and report their climate-warming carbon emissions. How much impact will it have? Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Retail

Union is set for a long standoff

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 24, 2007
The UAW is about as set as it can be for a walkout, with about $800 million in its strike fund -- enough to give every striker $200 a day and medical benefits for two months. Kai Ryssdal talked with Doug Rademacher, president of UAW local 602 in Lansing, Mich.
Posted In: Auto, Jobs

UAW workers strike General Motors

Alisa Roth | Sep 24, 2007
At General Motors this morning 73,000 UAW members walked off the job and onto the picket lines in the first nationwide strike against an American car maker since 1976. Until the walkout, negotiations had appeared positive. Alisa Roth reports on where things got off track.
Posted In: Auto, Jobs

The Dollar, Again

Chris Farrell | Sep 24, 2007
Dartmouth University economist Andrew Samwick has a good post on the dollar on his blog....