Marketplace AM for July 31, 2007

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Scotch whiskey's golden age

Bacardi is the latest booze maker to pour out millions in cash to step up production of Scotch whiskey as the spirit enjoys rising popularity among the fast-growing middle classes in emerging markets. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Chavez swimming in oil profits

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez calls it "oil socialism:" upping taxes on foreign oil companies and forcing them out of the country if they resist. His strategy has alienated international investors, but he's got a bundle of cash, Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

New restaurant labor law on NYC's table

Most New York City restaurants depend on low-wage workers, often immigrants who are easier to mistreat. So the city council will consider a bill that would put labor law violations on par with health code infractions. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Immigration, New York

Waiting game for Murdoch

The Wall Street Journal's future could be determined today. The boards of both Dow Jones and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp plan to meet and a deal could be approved, but it all hinges on a few Bancroft family members. WSJ reporter Sarah Ellison explains.
Posted In: Wall Street

More pork in Alaska's scandal

Alaska's congressional delegation takes a back seat to no one when it comes to bringing home the bacon. The latest allegations implicate Republican Senator Ted Stevens. Steve Henn has details.
Posted In: Crime, Washington

A question of healthy competition

The FTC today kicks off a two-day hearing on whether Whole Foods' pending buyout of rival organic retailer Wild Oats constitutes a monopoly. And industry watchers are divided on this one, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Retail

Recession on the horizon?

As credit tightens in the wake of the subprime lending crisis, some analysts warn that it could impact lending in other areas. And that's one more risk factor on the recession pile. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Tightening the squeeze on Iran

Most of Europe's banks had already joined the U.S. in halting financial transactions with Iran in an attempt to pressure it into giving up its nuclear program. Now the last two holdouts have caved, but Iran may find other sources. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Cheaper roaming in Europe today

The European Union has required mobile phone carriers there to cap roaming rates by today. But not everyone is sold on the cheaper calls, Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Canada

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