Marketplace AM for February 23, 2006

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Farrell on the Fed

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell tells Brian Watt that in some respects, new Fed chief Ben Bernanke is a refreshing change of pace compared to Alan Greenspan.
Posted In: Economy

NFL negotiations

The NFL's collective bargaining agreement with its players doesn't expire for another year. But as Business of Sports commentator David Carter tells Tess Vigeland, both sides are already honing their positions.
Posted In: Sports

The convenience curve

As consumers, we can get our lettuce pre-washed, our carrots pre-peeled, and now Sunkist is giving us pre-sliced oranges. What's next in our mad dash for convenience? Lisa Napoli takes a look.

Hunger report

A report out today says that 25 million Americans use some kind of food assistance, up 8% from 2001. From the Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Lead paint verdict

A Rhode Island jury has found three makers of lead-based paint liable for millions of dollars in cleanup costs. As Sam Eaton reports from the Sustainability Desk, the verdict opens up the possibility that other states will follow suit.
Posted In: Health

Union vacation

The nation's largest public employees union has launched a novel program to recruit union organizers: Convince college students to spend spring break training in Detroit, Albany, or Oakland. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Fox's mini-network

Fox's parent company, News Corporation, is launching a new mini-network on TV stations leftover from the UPN/WB merger. Janet Babin has the details.

Wall Street Journal restructuring

While print publications and the Internet seem like two media at odds, Dow Jones doesn't think so. It's announced it will be joining the print and online versions of the Wall Street Journal into one business unit. Curt Nickisch has more.
Posted In: Wall Street

China's New Deal

China says it will lay out its own version of the New Deal at a high level summit next week. But wait - the country isn't dealing with the poverty of the Great Depression. So why copy depression-era policies? What's happening is that Beijing is concerned with the 700 million farmers who are getting left behind by country's boom.And they're increasingly taking to the streets. From Beijing, Jocelyn Ford reports.

Many ports in a storm

The political storm over US port management reaches the inside halls of Capitol Hill today. The Bush Administration will brief a key Senate panel on the issue. The White House says it obtained extra security commitments from the Arab company that's planning to take control of terminals at a handful of US ports. The ports are currently run by a British firm that's being taken over by the Dubai-based port operator DP World. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Indecent exposures

Remember that ill-fated "wardrobe malfunction" a few Super Bowls ago? If it seemed like all the indecency hoopla had calmed down since then... it may be back. The Federal Communications Commission may be about to issue dozens of indecency rulings. Amy Scott reports on what that means for the big networks.

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