Marketplace AM for August 29, 2007

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More coal = more mining accidents

It's a simple equation, say some industry watchers. Mining companies from around the world are meeting to review safety technologies and practices, but the heightened demand for coal is stressing the structure of the mines. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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Bayou Belles change tides in N'awlins

New Orleans tourism is practically back in full swing and tax revenues are approaching 85 percent of pre-Katrina levels. But in its low-income neighborhoods, recovery is as potholed as the streets. Enter the Belles of Bayou Road. Sam Eaton has their story.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship
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Low prices come with low wages

What'd you pay for that grill? As you enjoy a long weekend and Labor Day barbeques, Robert Reich suggests you think about how we as a nation traded in a unionized workforce with the bargaining clout to get higher wages for cheap goods and services.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail
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Unions push for universal health care

The AFL-CIO today launches a campaign to influence national discourse surrounding the 2008 election. And with the weight of 10 million members behind it, the labor federation's push will be hard to ignore. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Health, Jobs
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Dialing one state closer to obsolete

The Internet has already killed AT&T's Time & Temperature service in 48 states and now the phone company's adding California to that list. Not that many people were using it anyway, Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Science
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Oil price balancing act

Oil-consuming countries want OPEC to put more oil on the market to drive down prices. OPEC really has no interest in that and is quick to point out that refinery constraints in places like the U.S. are the real stopgap. Gretchen Wilson fills us in.
Posted In: Canada
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Sleep easy in the bond market

Investors are flocking to the safety of bonds as subprime lending fallout continues to drag Wall Street on a wild ride. The returns are nothing special, but some folks just want to know their nest egg is protected. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

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