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Help for the Gulf Coast

John Dimsdale | Dec 23, 2005
The defense budget bill includes $29 billion to help jumpstart the economy of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. The money will be used to rebuild levees, highways, bridges, schools and houses. John Dimsdale reports local government officials got their wish, but much of the federal money comes with few strings attached.

H&R Block settlement

Janet Babin | Dec 23, 2005
The personal accounting giant agrees to pay $62.5 million to settle charges that it duped people into paying exorbitant lending fees for advances on tax returns. Janet Babin reports.

Home heating blues

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 23, 2005
With home heating costs a concern for many this year, state programs to help low-income residents pay their bills are in high demand. But as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, states may not have enough money to go around.

Tsunami relief

Jocelyn Ford | Dec 23, 2005
The United Nations estimates the world pledged more than $13 billion to help the survivors of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that swept away 220,000 lives. But an investigation by the Financial Times suggests a lot of money spent by the United Nations portion of that didn't make it to the victims. Jocelyn Ford reports.

Not so merry Christmas for Wal-Mart

Dan Grech | Dec 23, 2005
Just in time for Christmas, America's biggest employer got a lump of coal. A California jury said that Wal-Mart owes employees $172 million for not letting them take lunch breaks. Wal-Mart promises to appeal. But their troubles may just be starting. From WLRN in Miami, Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.

Listener Letters for December 23, 2005

| Dec 23, 2005
Time for us to peek into Marketplace Money letters bag. Don’t miss the missives.

The “Straight Story” with Chris Farrell: Socially Responsible Investing

| Dec 23, 2005
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the “Straight Story.” Chris unwraps what’s behind socially responsible investing.
Posted In: Charity, Investing

“Day in the Work Life”: St. Nick

| Dec 23, 2005
On this week's “A Day In the Work Life” -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we dash through the snow with St. Nick.
Posted In: Jobs

The “Buzzword”: Santa Claus Rally

| Dec 23, 2005
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <em>Marketplace Money</em> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance –- "Santa Claus Rally." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy, Investing

The Mailbag for December 23, 2005: Frequently Asked Questions Part I

| Dec 23, 2005
Did you miss Chris' advice on the best way to find a mortgage? Are you confused about what should you do when you find an old stock certificate? Don't worry! This week, we air a special mailbag full of the "Most Frequently Asked" questions from listeners.