Marketplace AM for January 17, 2007

Episode Description 

Congress still runs on legalized bribery

Ethics and lobbying reform are getting a lot of play on the Hill this week, but commentator Robert Reich says the legislation on the table isn't going to change how the system works in Washington.
Posted In: Washington

Space, the final frontier — for advertising

Just when you thought they'd run out of new places to put ads, researchers have begun selling ad space on the side of a satellite scheduled to orbit Earth in 2010. We asked Sean Cole to boldly go . . .
Posted In: Science

Migrants sending home billions

A report out today says the U.S is the top migrant-receiving country worldwide. So workers sending money home can create an outgoing cash flow problem — but also an opportunity, say the study's authors.
Posted In: Canada, Immigration

BP denies putting profit over safety

The Baker report panel found major safety deficiencies at BP's U.S. refineries. The company's CEO admits making mistakes but claims problems were not due to cost-cutting. Stephen Beard has more.
Posted In: Canada

California freeze causes record citrus losses

Record-low temperatures have heavily damaged Central California's citrus and avocado crops. Losses will exceed what insurance covers — and workers'll feel the chill too. Steve Tripoli reports.

Tribune still for sale . . . anyone?

Tonight is the deadline to bid on the troubled Tribune Company. Buyers get a media arm that reaches into 80 percent of U.S. households and a baseball team. So why so little interest? Dan Grech reports.

Inflation watch: Lower prices on the way?

The rise in wholesale prices slowed dramatically in December, which could mean lower prices for consumers in the months ahead. Nancy Marshall Genzer has details.
Posted In: Economy

Minimum wage saga continues

Should small businesses get billions in tax breaks when Congress raises the federal minimum wage? The Senate Finance committee takes up that question today. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Washington

Gazprom tries to clean up its image

Russia's state-controlled energy monopoly Gazprom is doing some damage control after run-ins with its customers in Ukraine and Belarus spilled over into Europe. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada