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Commentary: Oil company profits

Apr 27, 2005
High oil prices have oil companies raking in record profits these days. But commentator Vijay Vaitheswaran says the profits mask some very serious problems.

Paid sick leave bill

Apr 27, 2005
Do big oil trouble and the price of gas make you a bit queasy? Maybe you're thinking about calling in sick tomorrow? That's not really an option if you're one of the millions of Americans who don't have paid sick leave. Today - a couple of Democrats introduced a bill that aims to change that. From the Marketplace Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports.

Who should foot the bill for downed jockeys?

Apr 27, 2005
Today in Louisville Kentucky, a U.S. District Court heard a lot about horses. Racehorses, to be exact. Jockeys are fighting with track owners over just how much risk they should bear on the job. Injuries caused by a 40-mile-an-hour spill can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care. Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, opens its racing season this Saturday -- but both sides are digging in. Kahtleen Adams reports.

CAFTA and soccer

Apr 27, 2005
Congress is debating a Central American free trade agreement. The Bush administration says we need closer ties with our closer neighbors to consolidate democracy in the region and to compete with China. But CAFTA...as the agreement is called...is also the latest attempt in a decades-old effort to unite Central America. From the Marketplace Americas Desk at WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports part of that unity can be found on the soccer field.
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Langone's Bid for the NYSE

Apr 26, 2005
More details about Kenneth Langone's competing bid to buy out the New York Stock Exchange have emerged. Funny thing is, it's not that different from the deal the NYSE announced last week. Host David Brown speaks with <i>Business Week's?</i> Michael Mandel about the competing bids.

Learning lessons from the London Stock Exchange

Apr 26, 2005
The dust is still clearing from last week's announcement that the New York Stock Exchange will become a public company. The same thing happened at the London Stock Exchange several years ago. As Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports, the NYSE might want to take heed.

Revised numbers for the uninsured

Apr 26, 2005
The Census Bureau revised its arithmetic and more Americans might have health insurance than we thought. Not because of a sudden economic upswing, but because of how numbers are counted. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

On the job training for new farmers

Apr 26, 2005
As fewer young Americans grow up on farms, older farmers want to keep their farms intact. Twenty states have begun addressing the issue by creating programs that match older farmers with younger farmers who are looking for land and perhaps a mentor. South Dakota Public Radio's Curt Nickisch reports on one such relationship.

Commentary: Social Security

Apr 26, 2005
Despite weakening popular support for President Bush's social security plan, the administration is still plugging away. Commentator David Kennedy weighs in.

Wine nation

Apr 26, 2005
Americans are sipping more Shiraz and pouring down more pinot than ever before. You can chalk it up to a few things...the movie &quot;Sideways&quot;, marketing making wine more approachable, and a glut of grapes that's made the stuff cheaper in some cases than bottled water. U.S. wine consumption has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. And as more of us come to the table, some wine connoisseurs and merchants are worried that a lot of what IS on the table is starting to taste the same. Marketplace's Brian Watt reports.

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