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Sub-prime mortgages go to minorities

| Sep 14, 2005
A sub-prime mortgage is one where interest is typically two percentage points <em>higher</em> than the prime rate. Research out today finds African Americans are 3 times as likely to pay that higher rate than Caucasians, and Hispanics are twice as likely &#8212; regardless of income. Amy Scott has more.

Digital medical records on the horizon?

| Sep 14, 2005
A set of studies today in the journal Health Affairs suggests if we all had electronic medical records, there could be big savings. But Helen Palmer reports from the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH that it's a big "if."

Looking forward to Bush

| Sep 14, 2005
Tomorrow night President Bush takes Hurricane Katrina into prime time with a speech to the nation. Marketplace's Scott Tong takes a look at which ideas may be in the hopper.

What do think tanks think?

| Sep 14, 2005
Paul Light used to be at the liberal think tank the Brookings Institution; now he teaches at New York University. He tells host Kai Ryssdal that interest groups <em>and</em> lawmakers see Katrina aid as just one more opportunity.

When SCOTUS and AT&T tangle

| Sep 14, 2005
Chief Justice nominee John Roberts says he won't decide cases based on his personal views. But what about cases in which he might have a financial stake? Typically the justices recuse themselves &#8212; Ian Ayres says they shouldn't have to.

A stroke of luck for transplants

| Sep 14, 2005
Many of those who've been getting their mail at Houston's Astrodome have moved on. City officials hope to close some of the big shelters this weekend. Hillary Wicai reports Houston's getting some help from the outside.

Wal-Mart: love it or hate it

| Sep 14, 2005
WalMart's been sued for gender discrimination, immigration troubles and now sweatshop conditions in other coutries. But it's pledged $17 million and truckloads of supplies to help flood victims. Can money buy Wal-Mart love?

Something to grouse about

| Sep 14, 2005
What deer hunting is to America, grouse hunting is to Britain. But this year, an infestation of worms has caused the grouse population to plummet. Patrick Hirsch reports that hunters aren't the only ones affected.

From New Orleans to Austin

| Sep 14, 2005
Joy Diaz reports from KUT in Austin, Texas, on how officials there are trying to hustle evacuees out of shelters and into jobs.

The Public's Business: a bite of pork

| Sep 14, 2005
Congress has appropriated over $62 billion to rebuild what was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and the total will be much more. Robert Reich has one idea about where to find the money.

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