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Marketplace AM for December 30, 2004

Episode Description 

Wanted: coal miners

Today, we get an idea of employers' hiring needs with the monthly release of the Help Wanted Index. Reporter Mark Nootbaar takes us to one place in the U.S. where there are a lot of high paying jobs available right now...but there's a downside.

2004 - A big years in sports

What do the Boston Red Sox, the NHL and steroids have in common? They all had a big impact on the sports industry during 2004. Marketplace business of sports commentator David Carter joins host Tess Vigeland for a review of the biggest sports business stories of the year.

Merger mania

It's been the busiest quarter for mergers in four years. Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell joins host Matthew Algeo to explain what's spurring all of these new corporate deals.