Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, April 10, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, April 10, 2009

FDA not improving to curb bad record

Food safety for produce like spinach, peanuts and pistachios is ensured by the Food and Drug Administration, which doesn't have a system in place for checking offshore foods. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food, Health

Not the ripest year for French wine

French wines aren't doing particularly well right now. Even sales of Champagne have dropped from between 10-30 percent. Still, French producers say it's not the end of the world. Anita Elash reports why.
Posted In: Food

Japan pragmatic on new stimulus

Japan has unveiled a stimulus package that calls for $150 billion in government spending. Renita Jablonski talks to Asian studies professor Jeff Kingston about goals for the stimulus and how it will be funded.

Avoid foreclosure scams at the movies

The Federal Reserve has begun advertising to moviegoers in nine states with high foreclosure rates in an effort to ward off foreclosure scams. The marketing may not be clever, but at least it's clear. Caitlan Carroll reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Obama breaks war funding promise

The Obama administration sent an $83 billion war supplemental to Congress, going back on his word to only fund wars through the normal budgeting process. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Steve Henn about why.

California farmers cope with drought

California farmers are struggling with the after-effects of a three-year drought and the lack of abundant water for their crops. But this could help create a more effective, conservative flow. Jennifer Collins reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Good B of A customers lose good rates

The credit card arm of Bank of America has become more strict about its credit limits and is even raising the rates on customers who have good records. Tamara Keith reports how the bottom line is squeezing cardholders.
Posted In: Investing

France looks at net piracy crackdown

France is considering a law that would ban illegal downloaders from the Internet after three strikes. Stephen Beard reports the French president may have the will to enact the law because of French first lady Carla Bruni's singing career.
Posted In: Internet

Not a home run for profits this year

Baseball season has begun and staying on top of business this year is going to be a challenge. Steve Chiotakis talks to business of sports commentator Diana Nyad about how the sport may need to fight the slump.
Posted In: Sports

Eco-Christians are wary of carbon sin

A group of Christians staying vigilant over their carbon footprint for Lent is just one example of what the religious sect is doing to stay conscious of their eco-impact. Jennifer Collins reports on the effectiveness of a carbon fast.

A gamut of reforms for Obama team

President Obama is meeting with his economic team today to discuss what still needs to be done to reverse the fallout. Steve Chiotakis reviews the agenda Marketplace's Steve Henn, which includes the success of big bank stress tests.