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Marketplace AM for January 19, 2006

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The fallout from Maryland's healthcare law

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell talks to host Scott Jagow about the ramifications of a new Maryland law that requires Wal-Mart to provide health coverage to its employees.

"Social entrepreneurship" - not an oxymoron

Cheryl Dahl of the magazine 'Fast Company' discusses this year's top social entrepreneurs with host Lisa Napoli.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

The Vietnamese community in Biloxi rebuilds

The Vietnamese community in Katrina-ravaged Biloxi, Mississippi, draws on lessons from its past to get back on its feet. Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks reports.
Posted In: Economy

The IMF as currency police

US Treasury officials are preparing to unveil plans to increase the role of the International Monetary Fund in monitoring currencies. This comes in response to China's reluctance to increase the value of the yuan. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Posted In: Economy

Meet the Moto Twins

Two college students who lit up the Chinese vlogosphere with videos of themselves lip-syncing songs by the Backstreet Boys have now become shills for Motorola. Jocelyn Ford has more.

When good brands go bad

Daimler-Chrysler has already been fingered in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. Now a German magazine reveals that company officials paid kickbacks to sell cars at inflated prices in Nigeria. How might these scandals affect the company's sales and impact its image? Amy Scott reports.

Tamiflu warning

Contradicting advice from the CDC, British researchers today warned people not to take Tamiflu for seasonal flu symptoms for fear indiscriminate use could give rise to a treatment-resistant flu strain that could trigger a pandemic. The warning comes at time when the US has already earmarked $1.8 billion to stockpile Tamiflu, and sales of the drug have sky-rocketed. Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health

Valuing the environment -- literally

A forecast out today warns that global economic growth could crash by 2050 if we don't take steps now to place a monetary value on ecological services such as clean air and water, flood-tempering wetlands, weather moderation, and other benefits. Sam Eaton reports.

Rocket ride for natural gas

Natural gas prices are expected to hit record highs again this year, following three straight years of record growth. Alisa Roth looks at how industries that rely on natural gas have been coping with the increase.

The Turin Effect

The advertising outlook for 2006 is rosy, thanks largely to the Turin Winter Olympics and the mid-term Congressional elections. Andrea Gardner has more.

Pledging for bird flu

In a summit that ended yesterday, global donors promised $1.9 billion to help fight bird flu. And it's not just governments promising support; business leaders flocked to London today to talk about how they could help. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Cementing a deal

After more than a decade and a half of stonewalling, the US and Mexico have reached a tentative agreement on importing cement. The deal would lower import duties on Mexican cement, and help ease shortages in much of the US. Alisa Roth reports.