Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, July 30, 2009

California parks seek sponsors

Roy Stearns, spokesman for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, talks with Bill Radke about how the department is coping with the Golden State's budget hole by asking people to sponsor its parks.

Cereal makes wholesome profits

Kellogg was among the winners in today's financial market. Steve Chiotakis explores the connection between cereal and recession with Juli Niemann from Smith, Moore and Company in St. Louis.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

New areas hit with foreclosure wave

Foreclosures continue to swamp states like California, Nevada and Florida. But now states like Idaho and Arkansas, which didn't have high rates of subprime mortgages before, are also starting to feel the pain. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Housing

Merger won't insure united workforce

Once the ink dries on a new merger, some companies find uniting their workforces is a different matter entirely. Many such financial institutions are dealing with culture clashes amidst employees. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Mergers and Acquisitions

U.S. consumer safety camps in China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will set up its first permanent office in Beijing later this year. Chinese authorities must still approve the move, but some say it could help China crack down on shoddy goods. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Health

City cameras draw ethical insecurity

To combat their city's high crime rate, businesses in Lancaster, Penn. raised capital to install and operate an elaborate security network. But some worry about giving control of the cameras to a non-police entity. Joel Rose reports.
Posted In: Crime

Organic food has ordinary benefits

A new scientific study out of the U.K. says organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food. Not sparkling news for the organic food industry. Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Stephen Beard.
Posted In: Food, Health

Homelessness expected to keep rising

Even as the economy shows signs of a turnaround, experts say more people will likely become homeless. This is leading to a strain on U.S. shelters and limiting the options for those without permanent housing. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Charity, Economy

Ruth Madoff sued over husband's cash

The wife of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff is being sued for millions acquired from her husband's investment firm. She's the first of Madoff's family to be sued over his case. Mitchell Hartman has more details.
Posted In: Crime, Investing

What will deliver USPS from debt?

With mail volume down 20 percent and a mountain of debt to sort out, Congress wants to know what the U.S. Post Office plans to do to bring costs down. This could mean the end of Saturday deliveries. John Dimsdale reports.

Giant blessing for giant panda

Officials at the San Diego Zoo say their prized giant panda, Bai Yun, is expecting again. Steve Chiotakis has more.

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Brand New Colony
The Postal Service
Symphony N. 6 In F Major Op. 68 "Pastoral": Allegro (Beethoven)
Camerata Cassoviae
Penny & Jack
The Essex Green

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