Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, July 31, 2008

A closer look at last quarter's numbers

The economic numbers out today attest that the economy isn't shrinking, but there's still plenty going on to make you wonder. Janet Babin looks at everything from the stimulus checks to gas consumption.
Posted In: Economy

Starbucks: It's a status thing

The closing of many nationwide Starbucks has inspired a wave of social activism to keep them open. Commentator Rob Walker explains the former sign for global capitalism is evolving to a symbol of economic progress.

Congress thoroughly takes on college

Today, Congress is expected to look at laws governing higher education. The measure would cover everything from student loans to campus security, and sponsors say it would help rein college costs. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Education

High oil and natural gas help Shell

Royal Dutch Shell reported quarterly profits today and saw income tick up 33 percent. The oil company said high oil and natural gas prices helped it during a difficult period. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Oil

Connect rising energy prices with profit

You may not know it, but energy stocks might be making you a tycoon. Nancy Marshall Genzer looks into where some energy profits are going -- and gives some advice on how you can make the most of it.
Posted In: Oil

Health bill covers California sick leave

A new health bill would help give mandated sick leave to the 40 percent of California employees without it. Health groups say focusing on prevention of illness could help lower health care costs. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Health, Jobs

Energy plan ads just a bunch of wind?

Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is on a mission, and wants you to support his energy plan away from imported oil and towards natural gas and wind power. But commentator Will Wilkinson says to be wary of what you hear.

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