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Sub-prime mortgages go to minorities

Sep 14, 2005
A sub-prime mortgage is one where interest is typically two percentage points <em>higher</em> than the prime rate. Research out today finds African Americans are 3 times as likely to pay that higher rate than Caucasians, and Hispanics are twice as likely &#8212; regardless of income. Amy Scott has more.

Digital medical records on the horizon?

Sep 14, 2005
A set of studies today in the journal Health Affairs suggests if we all had electronic medical records, there could be big savings. But Helen Palmer reports from the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH that it's a big "if."

Looking forward to Bush

Sep 14, 2005
Tomorrow night President Bush takes Hurricane Katrina into prime time with a speech to the nation. Marketplace's Scott Tong takes a look at which ideas may be in the hopper.

What do think tanks think?

Sep 14, 2005
Paul Light used to be at the liberal think tank the Brookings Institution; now he teaches at New York University. He tells host Kai Ryssdal that interest groups <em>and</em> lawmakers see Katrina aid as just one more opportunity.

A stroke of luck for transplants

Sep 14, 2005
Many of those who've been getting their mail at Houston's Astrodome have moved on. City officials hope to close some of the big shelters this weekend. Hillary Wicai reports Houston's getting some help from the outside.

Wal-Mart: love it or hate it

Sep 14, 2005
WalMart's been sued for gender discrimination, immigration troubles and now sweatshop conditions in other coutries. But it's pledged $17 million and truckloads of supplies to help flood victims. Can money buy Wal-Mart love?

The other affected fuel

Sep 14, 2005
Officials are on the Gulf Coast this week trying to figure out how badly pipelines and processing facilities were damaged. But it's not oil we're talking &#8212; it's natural gas. Alisa Roth reports.

Something to grouse about

Sep 14, 2005
What deer hunting is to America, grouse hunting is to Britain. But this year, an infestation of worms has caused the grouse population to plummet. Patrick Hirsch reports that hunters aren't the only ones affected.

Another suit against Wal-Mart

Sep 14, 2005
Wal-Mart has been slapped with a class-action suit alleging that it buys good from overseas sweatshops. How might the case impact the low-cost leader? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports

From New Orleans to Austin

Sep 14, 2005
Joy Diaz reports from KUT in Austin, Texas, on how officials there are trying to hustle evacuees out of shelters and into jobs.

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