Marketplace AM for December 13, 2005

Episode Description 

The Feds and 'green' building

A conference begins today in Washington to encourage eco-friendly construction of public buildings. Alex Cohen looks at the issues involved.

Chrysler improves plant

Most automotive news in the US recently has involved plant closings and layoffs. But as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, Dailmer-Chrysler has announced it's spending $1 billion to improve an aging plant in St. Louis.

Race riots in Australia

Ashely Milne-Tyte looks at how the recent race riots in Sydney could impact Australia's important tourist industry.

Glass ceiling and seniors

A new report out shows older women face similar wage disparities to women in general. Hilliary Wicai looks at how the gap will affect older women as they approach the traditional retirement years.

Boeing's value-added technology

In the fight between Boeing and Airbus, you got to have products that set you apart from the competition. Jason Paur looks at one such value-added perk: quieter airplanes.

Doha

The Doha round of international trade talks resumes in Hong Kong this week at the WTO conference. Stephen Beard looks at what might happen to the momentum for globalization if the talks fail.

Food assistance

A new report out today finds schools don't always take advantage of federal funds to provide breakfast to poor students. Sarah Gardner reports.

Federal food stamp program

Commentator Josh Miner argues the federal food stamp program needs to be revamped.

Congress close on reconciliation

Lawmakers from the House and Senate are expected to finalize legislation this week reconciling competing budget cutting bills. Gretchen Cook looks at the issues that still need to be resolved.

Stakes high at WTO conference

As talks open at the World Trade Organization conference today, Jocelyn Ford reviews the major players and what's at stake.