Marketplace AM for March 21, 2006

Episode Description 

Sprint goes after private investigators

Sprint Nextel has filed a lawsuit against a small private investigation firm in Florida. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports that these guys are a far cry from the romantic P.I. world of Sam Spade.

Disturbing bird flu news

The Bush Administration predicts birds with the avian flu disease will be found in the United States this year.Meanwhile, the virus has evolved into two different human strains. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Health

No one wins with the executive drop-in

Lucy Kellaway, management columnist for the Financial Times of London, says it can be pretty unnerving when the higher-ups in your company pay a visit to your office.

'Farm-shoring' for technology talent

Some companies are experimenting with alternatives to sending business offshore. One option, called "farm-shoring," builds technology centers in labor-rich, economically depressed rural America. Martha Woodroof reports.

Quattrone conviction thrown out

A federal appeals court has overturned the 2004 conviction of former Wall Street investment banker Frank Quattrone. Tess Vigeland reports on what's next for a corporate scandal that apparently has many lives.
Posted In: Wall Street

Hispanic-owned companies booming

A Census Bureau report issued this morning says Hispanic-owned businesses grew at three times the national rate between 1997 and 2002. Dan Grech reports.

Russia and China working together

Russia's president arrived in Beijing today, and the countries signed 15 agreements. One might lead to Russia selling electricity to energy-hungry China. And that could be just the beginning. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

Study: Spending more improves students' scores

A report out today suggests it might be possible to spend our way out of failing schools. More than 90% of the nation's largest urban school districts improved their math scores, thanks in part to some extra cash. Hillary Wicai reports.

Dealing with global warming

A report out today ranks companies on how well they're dealing with the challenges of global warming. The ranking comes from a group that invests in environmentally-friendly technology. Sam Eaton reports.

Listening for hints from Fed chair

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave one of his first public speeches last night. He didn't tip his hand much on interest rates. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

A video game you can't refuse?

Electronic Arts rolls out its new, $20-million Godfather video game. Lisa Napoli tells us whether it sleeps with the fishes or not.