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How's that housing market

Apr 14, 2005
Are housing prices around the country about to plunge? Marketplace's money expert Chris Farrell tells host Scott Jagow while the country may not experience a pop in the housing bubble, we can expect a good-sized leak.

Caterpillar under fire

Apr 13, 2005
Protests are planned for heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, because it is selling tractors to Israel to help raze Palestinian structures -- including the kind that killed an American activist. Sandy Hausman reports.

What's causing downshift in Harley sales?

Apr 13, 2005
Harley-Davidson seems to have fallen off the hog. The motorcycle manufacturer cut its shipment and earnings forecasts for this year due to weak sales, and its stock tanked as a result. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports on what is driving the downturn.

On the run from land reform

Apr 13, 2005
Many commercial farmers from Zimbabwe relocated to neighboring countries when land redistribution efforts began to push white farmers out of that country. Now, Gretchen Wilson reports on one family that's started over in Botswana.

Zippo lighters appear on no-fly list

Apr 13, 2005
Federal regulations already ban lighters from airplane luggage. But new rules starting Thursday will extend the embargo to "Zippo-style" lighters. Think Zippo users are happy about that? How about the company? From WHYY in Philadelphia, Joel Rose reports.

The best deduction ever? Wedding expenses...

Apr 13, 2005
Thank goodness it's not Friday - yet. Four days left to file your taxes. And then you don't have to think about W-2's, AMT's, or 1040s, for another year. Unless you're in the tax preparation business. For these folks, waving goodbye the filing deadline just means saying hello to audit season. As April 15th approaches, we've asked some tax pros to itemize some of their favorite deductions. This week: an accountant hears from a client who wants to deduct his daughter's wedding.

Retirement and Medicare - two crucial issues

Apr 13, 2005
A Congressional panel takes up a bill today that deals with postal workers' pensions. But it could also have an effect on the rest of us. As Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, what's at stake is -- the price of a stamp. Also, in this edition of The Public's Business, Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says Social Security's problems mask a much bigger crisis.

Another tragedy strikes Bangladesh

Apr 12, 2005
In Bangladesh today, rescue workers sorted through the rubble of a collapsed sweater factory. They could hear sounds from under the concrete and steel - survivors calling for help. Bangladesh is notorious for industrial disasters. Miranda Kennedy reports on the latest tragedy...
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Taking a ride on the CAFTA bus ...

Apr 12, 2005
Tomorrow the Senate holds hearings on the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA, for short. Some U.S. farmers like the idea. A new $1.5 billion market. Sugar growers and textile workers are dubious. They're worried about cheaper Central American imports. Now a group of Central American ambassadors is trying to build up support for CAFTA. And they're using a staple of American politicking to do it. Think of it as a whistle stop tour without the whistle. From WBHM, reporter Tanya Ott caught up with the tour as it pulled into Birmingham, Alabama.
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The best deduction ever? You decide ...

Apr 12, 2005
Thank goodness it's not Friday - yet. Four days left to file your taxes. And then you don't have to think about W-2's, AMT's, or 1040s, for another year.Unless you're in the tax preparation business. For these folks, waving goodbye the filing deadline just means saying hello to audit season. As April 15th approaches, we've asked some tax pros to itemize some of their favorite deductions. Today we hear from Steve Levey, an accountant in Denver.

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