Marketplace AM for January 26, 2006

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Excise tax

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell and host Scott Jagow discuss the colorful origins of the federal excise tax, and why it might soon be repealed.
Posted In: Economy

Super Detroit

Business of sports expert David Carter tells host Lisa Napoli what holding the Super Bowl in chilly Detroit could mean for revenues generated from this year's Big Dance.
Posted In: Sports

Paid family leave in New Jersey

New Jersey is considering a plan to provide compensation to employees who take time off from work to care for sick family members. But as Hillary Wicai reports, a similar program in California has yet to attract many takers.

No loans for commercial takings

BB&T Bank, the ninth largest US Bank, has refused to loan money to commercial projects built on private land seized under eminent domain. The move is in response to a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the practice. Tess Vigeland looks at whether other banks will follow suit.

Top green-powered companies

Renewable energy sources are twice as expensive as conventional sources, but according to EPA, several major companies are increasing their reliance on green power. Alex Cohen tells us why.

Immigrant maps

A Mexican human rights group plans to provide maps of the Arizona desert to would-be illegal immigrants to prevent deaths during the treacherous crossing. But US anti-immigration groups say the plan will encourage more illegal immigration. Dan Grech has more.
Posted In: Canada

Paying the piper

Holiday credit card bills are starting to land in mailboxes across the country this week, and as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, many cardholders are in for a surprise.

Airplane WiFi

The FCC plans to sell airwave frequencies that could be used to provide airline passengers access to the Internet. Jason Paur looks at the market for WiFi in the sky.

Rental car revenue shift

A new report out indicates that people now rent more cars from neighborhood locations than they do from airports. Brian Watt explains the shift.

Agent Orange lawsuit

During the Vietnam war, South Korea sent 300,000 troops to fight alongside US soldiers. Today the veterans made history -- as the first soldiers to win a lawsuit seeking compensation from US chemical companies that made Agent Orange. Asian bureau chief Jocelyn Ford reports.

Microsoft opens up

Microsoft has compromised with the Europeans in its high-stakes antitrust fight. The company offered rival software firms a look inside the core programming language of its Windows Server operating system. It represents a major shift in strategy for Microsoft, as Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

Greenspan gets a last word in

On Tuesday, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is out, after more than 18 years of service. In the meantime, he's weighing in on a big issue in financial circles: Whether corporations should be able to own banks. And his stance on the issue is not good news for the World's largest retailer. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Economy

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