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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 17, 2013

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A probe by the European Commission into possible manipulation of oil prices has just gotten bigger. Finland's only refiner has also been asked to help with the investigation. And, with an aging population in the U.S., a look at the cost of an older person taking a fall.

PODCAST: Food stamps under review; Fed easing stimulus?

With one in five Americans on food stamps, some in Congress want to cut back on the program. There's talk in high places about the Fed ratcheting back on policies it hoped would add pep to the wheels of commerce. It's no surprise farmers and home builders want more immigrant labor, but horse breeders? Texas lawmakers decide whether to allow craft beer sales at grocery stores and brewery tours. It could mean a big boost for craft breweries.

Fed may ease off on stimulus

There's talk in high places about the Fed ratcheting back on policies it hoped would add pep to the wheels of commerce.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, stimulus

As Congress debates farm bill, food stamps hang in the balance

With one in five Americans on food stamps, some in Congress want to cut back on the program.
Posted In: food stamps, poverty, SNAP, Congress

European probe into oil price-fixing widens to Finland

Finland's only oil refiner has now been ensnared into the investigation.
Posted In: big oil, Europe, European Union

The IRS's embarrassment creates free advertising for conservative groups

Revelations the IRS gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status has raised their profile, and for some, their fundraising.
Posted In: IRS, tea party

Craft beer might get a Texas-sized boost in Lone Star State

Texas lawmakers decide whether to allow craft beer sales at grocery stores and brewery tours. It could mean a big boost for craft breweries.
Posted In: texas, beer, craft beer

Meet the unusual suspects lobbying for immigration reform

It's no surprise farmers and home builders want more immigrant labor, but horse breeders?
Posted In: Immigration, lobbying

For elderly, falling down can be costly accident

When a senior citizen falls to the ground, the resulting injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars. So health care professionals are working to eliminate the risk of falling down.
Posted In: elderly care, elderly, health care

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Blonde Redhead
Smile [Clean]
Lily Allen
La Femme D'argent
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Keep On Looking (Kenny Dope Remix)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings