Marketplace AM for July 19, 2006

Episode Description 

Considering sunset commissions

House lawmakers today consider a proposal to create independent commissions to review spending programs for waste and possible termination. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Identity theft rules

Federal regulators are proposing new rules that require banks to draft plans to prevent identity theft. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

BP shuts down more Alaskan oil wells

British oil giant BP appears to have sprung a leak in more ways than one. The company is shutting down even more wells in Alaska after whistleblowers contacted the Financial Times. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Corona's new distribution deal

Corona is America's No. 1 imported beer. Tuesday its brewer announced a shakeup in how it's distributed in the US. Franc Contreras reports from Mexico City.
Posted In: Canada

Back-to-school costs

A new survey finds that American families will be spending more on back-to-school items than ever. Jane Lindholm reports.

Rosneft IPO a shield for state-sponsored theft?

Russia's state-owned oil company Rosneft went public today, offering shares on the London Stock Exchange. Stephen Beard reports the move highlights Russia's new brand of "state capitalism."
Posted In: Canada

Trademark pirates in China

Chinese squatters have been registering trademarks of high-profile Western companies, hoping they'll pay ransom to retrieve their logo rights in China. Jocelyn Ford reports, they don't always know who they're targeting.
Posted In: Canada

Inflation rears its ugly head

Earlier this year, inflation seemed mostly limited to the gas pump, but now higher prices are showing up elsewhere. The core consumer price index and core inflation rate are on the rise.
Posted In: Economy

Government workers abused Smart Pay

It wasn't just everyday citizens taking advantage of disaster relief chaos in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now auditors report tales of wasteful spending by Homeland Security workers. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Allergy-friendly hotel rooms

Some hoteliers are experimenting with hypoallergenic rooms for sensitive guests. Janet Babin reports.