Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, January 30, 2012

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One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can't European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.

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What to fear more: Inflation vs. deflation

The news that Americans are saving more is a mixed blessing, and could also increase our risk of deflation.
Posted In: deflation, consumer spending, inflation

Florida latest state to try to control food stamp purchases

After similar legislation failed in California, Texas, and Illinois, a lawmaker in Florida is hoping to ban the use of food stamps to buy soda, candy, and other junk food.
Posted In: food stamps, government spending, junk food

How the Florida economy has hit NASCAR

We speak to Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, about how the economy in Florida has suffered in recent years, and what he hopes to get out of the primary in that state.
Posted In: NASCAR, Florida, 2012 campaign

More from NASCAR CEO Brian France

Heading into the Florida primary, we went to the CEO of NASCAR to get a glimpse at the state's economic situation.
Posted In: Florida, NASCAR, 2012 election

PODCAST: More summits, more problems

One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can't European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.

British chocolate maker offers sweet deal

In Britain, a chocolate manufacturer is inviting customers to lend it money and then paying them back in chocolate – with interest.
Posted In: chocolate

Warm winter creating heating fuel glut

Forecasters say the unusually mild winter so far over the East and Midwest could reduce heating costs 20 percent. Good news for those who pay the heating bills. Maybe not so good for those who sell the fuel.
Posted In: weather, fuel economy

Approval of new nuclear reactors near

The first new reactors since Three Mile Island is nearing approval just as natural gas is rising as an energy alternative that is safer and cleaner.
Posted In: nuclear, nuclear energy

Focus shifts back to Greece at European summit

At yet another summit of European leaders, worries about Greece are coming back to the forefront.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Greece

France pushes for financial transaction tax

At the European summit today, focus is not only on Greece's debt, but a French plan to charge banks a fee for each and every financial transaction.
Posted In: Robin Hood tax, France, nicolas sarkozy

Obama's latest push for mortgage refinancing

In his State of the Union address, President Obama sketched out a plan to help homeowners refinance, something Allan Sloan calls 'Wall Street bailing out Main Street.'
Posted In: mortgage, refinance, President Obama, State of the Union

What animals are predicting for the Super Bowl

Animals across the country are predicting who will win this year's Super Bowl.
Posted In: football, Super Bowl, animals

Florida lawmaker hopes to change food stamp rules

Florida is the latest of states that are proposing to limit what kinds of food people on food stamps can buy.
Posted In: food stamps, Florida

Megaupload users could have data deleted soon

U.S. prosecutors warn that they may soon delete their personal data they have stored on the file-sharing site Megaupload, citing illegal transfer of music and movies on the site.
Posted In: megaupload, cloud computing

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