Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, April 20, 2012

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While there's been some not-so-great economic news lately, Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell says to forget all you're hearing from Wall Street and Washington and focus on what's going on in America's 'middleweight cities.' There are new details today in a major political scandal in China involving the case of the once powerful Chinese official Bo Xilai. Stadiums are often put into bad parts of town to make them better, and Fenway Park in Boston -- which turns 100 today -- was no exception. And U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the Farm Bill.
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Is IMAX making a comeback?

After a few years of 3D mania, this summer might be shaping up to mean the return of IMAX.
Posted In: movies, hollywood, IMAX
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General Electric, McDonald's report earnings

McDonald's said today its profits were up 7 percent last quarter, thanks to a 9 percent rise in U.S. restaurant sales and a 5 percent boost in Europe. Also General Electric reported an 11 percent drop in profit during the first three months of the year.
Posted In: McDonald's, General Electric, Europe
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Supreme Court to hear arguments on Arizona immigration law

The U.S. Supreme Court next week hears arguments for and against several contested sections of Arizona's new immigration law -- which makes it a crime for undocumented immigrants to live or work in that state.
Posted In: arizona, Immigration, Supreme Court
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Boston's Fenway Park turns 100

Nowadays, stadiums are put into bad parts of town to make them better. A century ago, the area called the "Fens" was bad -- real bad.
Posted In: Fenway Park, baseball, Boston Red Sox, boston
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Runner calls attention to advertising ban

Olympic athlete Nick Symmonds wants runners to sport personal sponsorships. Meet officials fear angering event sponsors.
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Farm Bill

For now, the Farm Bill has stalled in Congress. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks about why the bill is vital to farmers, and the agriculture industry as a whole.
Posted In: Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, farm bill
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Why the middleweight cities matter

Forget those mega-cities like Los Angeles and New York -- a new study shows the economic dynamism of middleweight cities like Pittsburgh and the Twin Cities.
Posted In: Pittsburgh, Portland, middleweight cities, U.S.
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PODCAST: GE earnings, a possible US Airways merger, and a fight in the northern states

While there's been some not-so-great economic news lately, Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell says to forget all you're hearing from Wall Street and Washington and focus on what's going on in America's 'middleweight cities.' There are new details today in a major political scandal in China involving the case of the once powerful Chinese official Bo Xilai. Stadiums are often put into bad parts of town to make them better, and Fenway Park in Boston -- which turns 100 today -- was no exception. And U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the Farm Bill.
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Bo Xilai scandal continues in China

There are new details today in a major political scandal in China. The case of Bo Xilai, the once powerful Chinese official who was fired from the government as part of a murder investigation.
Posted In: China
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Bahrain car race presses on despite nearby demonstrations

In the Middle East, organizers of the big Formula 1 Grand Prix of Bahrain are trying to press ahead despite demonstrations against the Bahrain regime’s human rights record.
Posted In: racing, Forumula 1, car, Bahrain
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A new French president could disrupt global markets

On Sunday, France will hold the first round of its presidential election. Polls indicate the incumbent conservative, Nicolas Sarkozy, is in a close race with socialist Francois Hollande, and the economic ripples could spread across Europe and around the world.
Posted In: France, nicolas sarkoz, Francois Hollande
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Young women value high-paying careers more than men

A new Pew Research study finds that priorities for young women have changed. Women aged 18-34 now surpass young men in the importance they place on having a high-paying career.
Posted In: women, career, pew research center

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