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Blair and immigration

| Apr 20, 2005
British leader Tony Blair is on course to win a third term in office after the UK's election next month. On most of the key issues - like the economy , healthcare and education, Blair's ruling Labour party enjoys a big lead over its rivals. But on one issue the opposition Conservatives are ahead: immigration. As Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports, calls for tougher controls on immigration is proving highly popular with the British electorate.
Posted In: Canada

Is inflation under control?

| Apr 20, 2005
The Federal Reserve's line on the economy has been that inflation has been that inflation is, for the most part, under control. Still, the dollar is low, energy prices are high and employment numbers are a little shaky. So, how "under control" is inflation, really? Stacey Vanek Smith took a look.

Libor loans

| Apr 20, 2005
With interest rates climbing, adjustable rate mortgages are starting to look scary for some homeowners. Commentator Jonathan Hobbs says his monthly payments are going up with the precision of a Rolex.

Intel has a new CEO, and new profits

| Apr 19, 2005
One of those profit reports came out after the bell - from Intel. The chipmaker reported it made a 34 cents a share last quarter, up 25 percent from last year thanks in part to strong demand for its semiconductors in notebook PC's. That sent shares of Intel higher in after-hours trading. If should also make life easier for the company's new CEO, who moves into the corner office next month. Reporter Adam Lashinsky's been scoping out the situation and writes about it in the current issue of "Fortune Magazine".
Posted In: Wall Street

Bittersweet new law fights copyright and piracy: Hollywood happy ending?

| Apr 19, 2005
Imagine lobbying Congress and getting what you want - but with a twist. That's exactly what's happened to Hollywood. New legislation passed today that some folks in the industry feel is bittersweet. We asked Marketplace's Lisa Napoli to take a look...

Chinese, American forces battle piracy together - with mixed reviews

| Apr 19, 2005
A court in Shanghai today ordered two Americans to serve jailtime and pay more than $60,000 in fines.Their crime - hawking pirated DVD's over the Internet. Some of them sold for as little as three bucks. As Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, this is the first time American and Chinese officials have joined forces to crack down on violators of intellectual property laws. But not everyone is giving the arrangement rave reviews.
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French cooking with an American inner-city flavor

| Apr 19, 2005
When I say "French cooking", what do you think of?Beef bourguignon? Coq au vin? You probably don't think of inner-city school kids taking home economics. But courses in French cooking are now on the menu at schools in eight cities across the country.The idea is to help students move from the classroom to the restaurant biz. And as Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, it's all thanks to a man who brought his love of French cuisine out of the kitchen.

Marketplace Letters!

| Apr 19, 2005
The Marketplace mailbag is full, so it's time to open it up and hear what you all have been thinking about ...

Community Sabbaticals

| Apr 19, 2005
Universities and their surrounding communities often have a hard time maintaining warm relationships. To improve "town-gown" contacts, schools often let the community experience their scholarship through lectures and night classes. But several universities are turning that equation around-and trying to learn more from their surrounding communities. As Larry Schooler reports from Austin, it's an experiment with an uncertain outcome.

Zimbabwe land reform

| Apr 19, 2005
When Zimbabwe launched its land reform efforts five years ago, the media focused much of its attention on the white farmers who were targeted for removal. But it's not just farm owners who've fled the country. Gretchen Wilson reports that as Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed, its farm workers have found that leaving the country is one of the only ways left to survive.

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