Marketplace AM for May 18, 2006

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Immigration economics

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell talks to host Scott Jagow about the economic impact of skilled versus unskilled immigrants.

Women's sports still struggling

As the WNBA prepares to kick off its 10th season this weekend, business of sports expert David Carter talks to host Mark Austin Thomas about the challenges faced by women's professional sports leagues.
Posted In: Sports

No break for small business

The SEC announced yesterday it will not exempt small businesses from strict Sarbanes-Oxley accounting standards meant to prevent Enron-style fraud. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Alcoa faces possible strike

The world's largest producer of aluminum sits down with its unionized workers today to try and hammer out a new labor contract. Workers have threatened to strike by month's end if no agreement is reached. Tess Vigeland reports.

Ken Lay back in court

The legal troubles for former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay continue in a second trial starting today. Alisa Roth has the details.

What genome profits?

Scientists reported yesterday they had completed mapping all chromosomes in the human genome. Time for venture capital, right? Not so fast, Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Science

There goes the debt ceiling

Remember in March when Congress raised the limit on the amount of red ink the government can run up? Well, lawmakers are back at it again. Hillary Wicai has the scoop.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Cervical cancer vaccine

Looking to move past the Vioxx controversy, Merck hopes an advisory panel convening today will recommend that the FDA approve the drug maker's experimental vaccine against cervical cancer. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Health, Science

Summer travel season

According to a AAA report out today, high gas prices are likely to cause many American to vacation closer to home this summer — and spend less. Alex Cohen has more.

Restricting military exports to China

The US government is discussing widening restrictions on exports of military technology to China, but many US businesses worry they'll just lose out to companies in other countries. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

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