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Wal-Mart's Wallet

| Feb 12, 2005
Wal-Mart has had its image tarnished in the last year. Workers have sued, alleging gender discrimination. Local governments have claimed the store's lack of health benefits end up overburdening public health programs. But maybe Wal-Mart's latest endeavor into banking will change all that.
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State of the Unions

| Feb 12, 2005
Unions are facing declining membership and declining power - so, does joining a union make a difference when it comes to your work? Marketplace's Jeff Tyler looks at what members get out of unions and what unions are doing to lure members.
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Sharper Image

| Feb 11, 2005
Demand for laser pointers and two thousand dollar massage chairs may be slipping. Last night the Sharper Image company predicted a dull 2005. Today shares fell as much as sixteen percent. As tempting as it is to blame it on gadgets that people have grown weary of, there's more to this story. Marketplace's Amy Scott tells us not even the hot-selling iPod could pump up the volume for Sharper Image.

Cell phone wars

| Feb 11, 2005
More rumors today that Verizon is now a serious suitor for MCI. It's a sign of more consolidation in the fiercely competitive telecom industry. From South Dakota, Curt Nickish looks at how cell phone carriers are trying to sell advanced features -- like a video streaming technology called V-Cast -- to win the cell phone wars.

Christo in Central Park

| Feb 11, 2005
At 8 o'clock Saturday morning, workers will stream across New York City's Central Park. They'll hang thousands of yards of saffron-colored fabric from trestles spanning more than 20 miles of walkways. The result will be a "visual golden river" -- according to the artists Christo and Jeanne - Claude. You may remember 10 years ago the duo wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in silvery fabric. The price tag for this new work of outdoor art -- 21 million dollars. But not a penny came from the City of New York, or from any of the other usual grant-making foundations. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Wal-Mart singles

| Feb 11, 2005
Unions for thousands of Canadian workers have organized a boycott of the world's largest retailer. This week, Wal-Mart announced plans to close its first unionized store in North America, a store in Quebec. Little love is lost between organized labor and Wal-Mart. But at a Wal-Mart in Germany, one might find the love of one's life. Kyle James reports on a strategy to win over folks 'in the market'.

Indian economies make progress

| Feb 11, 2005
Casinos have provided a major boost to the economies of Indian reservations. But other kinds of development are also helping to turn things around. Daniel Kraker reports.

Will NHL owners and players find common ice?

| Feb 11, 2005
It's likely we'll learn the fate of the pro hockey season this weekend. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace Business of Sports commentator Diana Nyad about whether NHL players and team owners are any closer to settling their sticky salary cap issue.

Hit comedies elude networks

| Feb 11, 2005
The need to find new hit comedies is no laughing matter for the TV networks. Many of their popular sitcoms have had their run and as "Variety's" Stu Levine tells host Tess Vigeland, the networks are scrambling to find the next big thing.

IRA Bank Raid

| Feb 10, 2005
Northern Ireland's ceasefire watchdog agency has announced that a $50 million December bank robbery was carried out by Irish Republican Army guerrillas. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports that some critics see the robbery as an indication that the IRA's normal channels of financing have dried up.

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