Marketplace AM for March 16, 2006

Episode Description 

Raising the rent

The housing market appears to be cooling off, but rents keep going up in many cities. Personal finance expert Chris Farrell talks about the reasons why with Scott Jagow.

Getting in China's face on trade

Three US senators go to China next week to talk to officials about whether they are going to let their currency appreciate. If the answer is no, the senators have a bill that would slap nasty tariffs on Chinese imports. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Washington

Pulling investment out of Sudan

It's illegal for US firms to invest in Sudan. But foreign companies still do business there despite the killing of hundreds of thousands of people. Now, American investors in those foreign companies are starting to pull their money out. Today, the University of California is expected to do just that. Alisa Roth reports.

FCC enforces decency rules

Ever since the Janet Jackson breast exposure at the Super Bowl, the Federal Communications Commission has been promising a crackdown. Yesterday, it delivered, with nearly $4 million in fines. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Russians look for energy stability at G8

The Russians are hosting the first meeting of energy ministers from the group of eight industrialized nations. Their aim is to bring order and stability to global energy. Stephen Beard reports.

NCAA hoops for free

CBS is making games from the NCAA basketball tournament available for free online. It's making its money off advertising. Tess Vigeland reports.
Posted In: Sports

Turn your roof into cash!

Colin Fitz-Gerald, a roofer in Cape Cod, has an idea so big it can be seen from outer space. He's hoping to bring outdoor advertising to the Last Frontier. Ian Gray reports.

Seeking clean water for all

The World Water Forum is meeting in Mexico, with folks from more than a hundred countries talking about improving access to water for the poor. Dan Grech reports.

Growing alternative fuels

Former Senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole are starting a new effort to bolster bio-fuel and wind energy programs on America's farms. Is that what farmers want? Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Washington

A full-court press on online gambling

As March Madness betting kicks into high gear, a House committee considers a bill to block online gambling by barring banks and credit cards from processing gaming payments. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Sports, Washington