Marketplace AM for December 23, 2005
TV writer Sam Johnson recalls learning the meaning of Christmas from an old knit cap and his elementary school bully.
Morning Report producer Wendy Sykes uncovers the tyranny of hand-made gifts at her family's Christmas celebrations.
This installment of the Job Files looks at Salvation Army bell ringer Pam Wright.
The defense budget bill includes $29 billion to help jumpstart the economy of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. The money will be used to rebuild levees, highways, bridges, schools and houses. John Dimsdale reports local government officials got their wish, but much of the federal money comes with few strings attached.
The personal accounting giant agrees to pay $62.5 million to settle charges that it duped people into paying exorbitant lending fees for advances on tax returns. Janet Babin reports.
With home heating costs a concern for many this year, state programs to help low-income residents pay their bills are in high demand. But as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, states may not have enough money to go around.
The United Nations estimates the world pledged more than $13 billion to help the survivors of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that swept away 220,000 lives. But an investigation by the Financial Times suggests a lot of money spent by the United Nations portion of that didn't make it to the victims. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Just in time for Christmas, America's biggest employer got a lump of coal. A California jury said that Wal-Mart owes employees $172 million for not letting them take lunch breaks. Wal-Mart promises to appeal. But their troubles may just be starting. From WLRN in Miami, Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.