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The new IRS - we're friendly!

| Mar 9, 2005
As we head into tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging people to file their taxes online - for free. It's all part of an effort by the agency to make itself more taxpayer-friendly. Host David Brown talks to former IRS Commissioner Charles Rosetti.

Marketplace letters

| Mar 9, 2005
Once again, host David Brown takes a trip into the Marketplace mailroom. And what a room it is ...

The trash mining movement

| Mar 9, 2005
With oil prices back up, President Bush's timing seems spot on. He was in Ohio today talking up alternatives. Biodiesel, hydrogen fuel, and so-called clean coal technology. No mention of methane. In Fredricksburg, Virginia, they're hoping to harness the methane coming up from a landfill. The idea would be to use it to generate electricity. As it stands, most folks consider landfills as little more than horrible blots on the American landscape. But not always. Just ask around Austin, Texas. From KUT, Michael May reports.
Posted In: Science

Travel industry on the rebound

| Mar 9, 2005
The past year has been a good one for the hotel industry. The rebounding economy is enticing companies to travel more. As Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, hotels are taking extra steps to keep the business travelers coming back. Also, Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa attended a meeting in Orlando in which room designs of the near future were unveiled.
Posted In: Wall Street

Joy at the office - from the top down

| Mar 9, 2005
A lot of people - probably too many - dread going to work. Sometimes it's the job - sometimes it's the work environment that's the problem. Dennis Bakke has some ideas on how to make the workplace happier. He says he put his ideas into action at the company he co-founded, the AES Corporation. And in his new book, Joy at Work, he says it all starts at the top.

Chance, in the investing world

| Mar 9, 2005
It seems like many things that happen in life occur randomly. But an expert on odds says that's not the case. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Amir Aczel, author of "Chance" about what he's learned and how that can apply to your investments.
Posted In: Wall Street

Israel's secret banking fiasco

| Mar 8, 2005
It's been going on for almost a year now. And no-one on the outside knew about it until this week. A secret investigation. Israeli officials call it the biggest money laundering case in the history of the state. Yesterday officials froze $376 million in assets at Israel's largest bank. Bank Hapoalim. Two dozen current and former bank employees have been arrested. And businessmen from all over Europe face questioning. Nancy Updike tells us what's known so far...
Posted In: Canada

Money transmitters fighting for survival

| Mar 8, 2005
The fate of hundreds of small businesses hangs in the balance. These are money transmitters, often used by immigrants to send money back home. These businesses move about $45 billion a year around the world. Today in Washington, owners of several of these businesses were meeting with banks and federal regulators... basically begging for a chance to survive. As Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, it's not that they've done anything wrong. It's that some worry that they could.

Creating efficient intelligence?

| Mar 8, 2005
Michael Chertoff has some prep work for a hearing on Capitol Hill tomorrow. The new Homeland Security chief will go before a Senate panel to defend the President's budget request. The plan is to spend $41 billion on homeland defenses, including intelligence. Commentator Bob Herbold wonders if it might not be more intelligent to think about how to save billions, first.<p>Bob Herbold, is former chief operating officer at Microsoft and author of The Fiefdom Syndrome.

Bolivia's Carlos Mesa - should he stay or should he go

| Mar 8, 2005
It's one thing to resign...and hope the boss will beg you to stay. But Carlos Mesa seems to be testing the limits of this strategy. Especially considering that he's the boss. On Sunday, he tendered his resignation as President of Bolivia. It was his response to months of street protests and highway blockages. Many are upset over Mesa's plans to let foreign companies tap Bolivia's natural gas reserves. Today a question before Bolivia's lawmakers. Should we beg Mesa to stay? From the Marketplace America's Desk at WLRN, Dan GRETCH reports.
Posted In: Canada

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