Marketplace AM for February 13, 2006
There's one day left before St. Valentine's Day, and this year, consumers are expected to spend more on their sweethearts than ever before. As Curt Nickisch reports, some non-traditional retail segments are looking to cash in.
In an effort to clamp down on illegal construction, the Indian government has begun razing buildings erected contrary to zoning provisions. Those on the hit list include schools and even an upscale mall. Miranda Kennedy has more.
Animal rights activist plan to protest outside Chinese embassies in 23 countries around the world today in an effort to call attention to alleged brutalities in the Chinese fur industry. Jeff Tyler looks at the market for Chinese fur and the likely consequences of the protests.
China, the world's second largest consumer of oil, says it will devise a strategy to up its alternative energy sources. The Chinese government wants to reduce its dependency on oil - much like the President Bush promised in his State of the Union address. But does China genuinely want to kick the habit? Ruth Kirchner reports from Beijing.
Maybe mobile e-mail isn't just for high-flying executives anymore. Microsoft has announced it will start selling an operating system with mobile e-mail capacity. The company says it's faster and cheaper than the ubiquitous BlackBerry. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.
Business law expert Eric Talley reviews the recent shakeups in corporate pension plans with Lisa Napoli.