Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, October 7, 2010

A look at jobless claims, currencies

Claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by 11,000. Economist Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial talks with Bill Radke how good that number is and whether she is concerned about countries competing to stimulate their own economies.
Posted In: Jobs

Why firms are not using profits to hire

U.S. companies have more money on hand than they have had in a while. But, they're not using it to give you a job. Why? Reporter Eve Troeh talks the details with Bill Radke.
Posted In: Jobs, Wall Street

Late gov't payments hurt nonprofits

States are leaning on nonprofits more and more in this economy for all kinds of services -- public safety, housing, food assistance. But a new report says cash-strapped states aren't paying the nonprofits on time. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Charity

Unemployment: Cyclical or structural?

How will the U.S. unemployment rate come down? Economists are debating that very question. Economics editor Chris Farrell talks with Bill Radke about why some economists are saying that unemployment isn't cyclical, it's structural.
Posted In: Jobs

U.K.'s public sector pension problem

A new U.K. government report says a couple of things could very well go up soon -- contributions to retirement and the overall retirement age. Europe correspondent Stephen Beard talks with Steve Chiotakis about what changes pensioners in the U.K. face.

The last man at Northwest Plaza mall

At one point Northwest Plaza Mall in St. Louis was one of the largest in the region, home to some 200 shops. These days the mall sits empty, but for one last store. And when Mike Bartel's one-man shoe repair shop closes its doors later this month it will mark the death of one more American mall. Adam Allington has his profile.
Posted In: Retail

Developing nations focus on smoking

Smoking kills millions of people each year. And now public health experts from 41 countries in the Asia-Pacific region want to fight back. They're meeting in Australia to look at ways to take on the tobacco industry. The BBC's Phil Mercer reports.

Will halted foreclosures hurt housing?

The Justice Department is looking into whether banks have been improperly foreclosing on properties and evicting the owners. Ally Financial, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have halted foreclosures in 23 states while they try to figure out whether legal paperwork is in, in fact, legal. What will the freeze will do to the real estate market? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Crime, Housing

No soda with those foods stamps

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban the use of food stamps to buy sugary beverages, in a test plan he says would take two years. Reporter Eve Troeh talks with Bill Radke about why this is an important issue for the mayor and whether it would work.
Posted In: Food

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Milton Road (My Skull With Flowers mix by Kim Hiorthoy)
Mice Parade
Weary Heart
Kasey Anderson

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