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High school dropouts cost taxpayers billions

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Feb 8, 2007
Researchers at Columbia University say if we could cut the high school dropout rate in half, taxpayers would save $127,000 per new graduate.
Posted In: Taxes

Old media seeks upside of downloads

Bob Moon and Kai Ryssdal | Feb 7, 2007
From the head of NBC bashing YouTube to Amazon selling movies through TiVo, old media are still adapting to new technologies. Kai Ryssdal discusses the ongoing download battle with Marketplace's Bob Moon.

Electric companies say yes to carbon caps

Sam Eaton | Feb 7, 2007
The Electric Power Supply Association joined a growing list of corporate groups calling for federal caps on greenhouse gas emissions. Sam Eaton reports on why CO2 regulations are becoming more widely endorsed.

Make the oil companies pay

| Feb 7, 2007
The U.S. is going to have trouble funding alternative energy if it waits for a carbon tax. Commentator Robert Reich says we should look to oil companies to provide the money.

Price check on health care costs

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Feb 7, 2007
The rising cost of health insurance is creating some strange bedfellows. Today, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott stood beside labor union representatives advocating approaches they could all live with. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Congress revisits foreign investment rules

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 7, 2007
Congress failed to pass several bills restricting foreign investment after the United Arab Emirates tried to purchase the Dubai Ports. Kai Ryssdal reviews the compromise on foreign deals the House is now considering.
Posted In: Economy

Indonesia limits access to bird flu samples

Helen Palmer | Feb 7, 2007
Indonesia has decided to send its bird flu virus samples to a drug company instead of the World Health Organization to develop a vaccine. Some researchers are worried, as Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Canada, Health

You think your commute is bad?

| Feb 7, 2007
When the coal mines near Canada's east coast closed, miners found work in Alberta's Oil Sands 3,000 miles away. Phonse Jessome reports on the impact the western Canadian industry has on one small eastern town.
Posted In: Canada, Jobs

Combating gangs at high costs

Jeff Tyler | Feb 7, 2007
In Los Angeles, gangs are no longer just an inner-city problem. A summit of police and community leaders is taking a look at the costs to businesses and taxpayers. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Crime, Economy

Enough with CBO secrecy

| Feb 7, 2007
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says too many good bills are lost to bad cost projections and that lawmakers should demand the Congressional Budget Office open up its scoring models.
Posted In: Washington