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Microloans

Ethan Lindsey | Dec 7, 2005
The UN releases a report today looking at the effectiveness of so-alled "micro-loans" in spurring economic growth in developing nations. Ethan Lindsey reports.
Posted In: Canada

USPS in the black

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 7, 2005
The United States Postal Service has announced it is going to end the year with a profit, but as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, don't expect the post office to roll back those imminent postage increases.

Free credit

Stephen Beard | Dec 7, 2005
Two of Britain's biggest supermarket chains, including the Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda, have been accused of using their suppliers as a source of free credit. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Consumer Reports looks at drug side effects

Janet Babin | Dec 7, 2005
The current issue of Consumer Reports magazine warns that consumers take popular medications without fully understanding their possible side effects. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Health

Anderson housing forecast

Dan Grech | Dec 7, 2005
Housing starts and new home sales have been down. Today, UCLA's quarterly Anderson Forecast comes out. And it predicts that slowdown will continue. From WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports.

A public exchange

Bob Moon | Dec 6, 2005
The members of the New York Stock Exchange took a big step into the digital age today, approving a merger with the electronic trading firm Archipelago. New York bureau chief Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Mo bettah sprawl?

Sarah Gardner | Dec 6, 2005
California-based homebuilder KB Homes announced today that it's partnering with the engineering firm Shaw Group to build homes on undeveloped land near New Orleans. Sarah Gardner reports.

Upward, and northward, mobility

Hilary Wicai | Dec 6, 2005
An estimated 6.3 million undocumented immigrants work in the US. Just about everyone agrees something should be done about the issue. Hillary Wicai reports that a survey out today may shed new light on the policy debate.

Political advertising?

John Dimsdale | Dec 6, 2005
Ford has announced it will no longer advertise its luxury brands in gay publications. A spokesman insists it's a business decision, but some believe Ford is caving in to pressure from conservative Christian groups. John Dimsdale reports.

Bird flu budgeting

| Dec 6, 2005
The HHS Secretary says local governments aren't ready for a bird flu outbreak. The president plans to spend $7 billion to fight the disease. But some state officals say it's just not enough. From WBHM in Birmingham, Tanya Ott reports.

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