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Higher prices land on school lunch trays

Sarah Gardner | Apr 14, 2008
Rising food prices are making most everyday shoppers a bit more cost-conscious. So imagine what it's like for people who are trying to buy healthy foods for schools' hot-lunch programs. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Education, Health

Taxes in your online shopping cart?

Alisa Roth | Apr 14, 2008
Looking for new revenue sources, states are considering levying taxes on Internet retail. California is thinking about taxing music downloads, and New York says it's going to start hitting up companies like Amazon. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Retail, Taxes

Nothing to gain from capital-gains hike

| Apr 14, 2008
The tax code hasn't gotten much attention in the presidential debate so far. But commentator and business historian John Steele Gordon says proposals to raise capital gains taxes might not be so smart.
Posted In: Taxes

Chinese learning market's ups, downs

Scott Tong | Apr 14, 2008
Those who think American stock markets are shaky should check out the Shanghai Composite index. It's off almost 35% so far this year. Marketplace's Scott Tong in Shanghai discusses the ways of Chinese investors with Kai Ryssdal.

A billion dollars for Circuit City?

Lisa Napoli | Apr 14, 2008
Faltering video chain Blockbuster is making a $1.3 billion offer for floundering electronics giant Circuit City. And that's prompting a lot of questions -- like, where's it going to get that kind of money? Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Retail

Financial world's bigwigs come up short

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Apr 14, 2008
The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G-7 wrapped up three long days of top-level meetings this past weekend. But they couldn't devise a coordinated plan to unstick the troubled financial markets. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Economy

Website tries getting groups organized

| Apr 14, 2008
Anyone who's ever tried to organize a group purchase, event or boycott knows it can be like herding cats. A Chicago company is taking on that challenge with a Web-based tool for organizing the masses. Gabriel Spitzer reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Blockbuster wants Circuit City

Jeremy Hobson | Apr 14, 2008
Blockbuster has made public an offer to buy Circuit City, an offer that was made privately in February but was not embraced by Circuit City brass. Will both companies benefit from the buyout? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retail

Investment banks to unveil earnings

Jill Barshay | Apr 14, 2008
Expectations are not high for the earnings reports that big Wall Street investment firms are turning in this week. In fact, Marketplace's Jill Barshay learns that financial sector earnings, "are going to be miserable."
Posted In: Jobs, Wall Street

Slugging -- the impromptu carpool

| Apr 14, 2008
In our series, My Morning Commute, today, Gary Lindsey explains "slugging," a way of hitching a ride into work. Lindsey says he drives to the park-and-ride and hops in with a driver who has a similar commute.
Posted In: Travel