Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How far will Race to the Top money go?

Georgia, New York, Maryland and Ohio are among the winners of the final round of Race to the Top money. They join Tennessee and Delaware in sharing a $4 billion pot of federal education funding. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Education

Yen hits 15-year high against dollar

Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Wealth Management, talks with Bob Moon about what's going on with the yen.

Philadelphia may tax bloggers

Philadelphia may charge Internet bloggers that sell ads on their sites a privilege fee and business tax. Columbia Journalism School Professor Sree Sreenivasan talks with Steve Chiotakis about whether there is a way to enforce this plan and what it says about the state of blogs.
Posted In: Internet

Judge blocks stem cell research funding

A U.S. district judge has put a hold on federal funding for stem cell research involving human embryos. Reporter Amy Scott talks with Bob Moon about how that decision might affect stem cell research that's currently going on.
Posted In: Science

China traffic jam highlights road woes

For those of you sitting in traffic, be glad you're not in Beijing. A traffic jam there is in its 10th(!) day. Since August 14th, thousands of vehicles have stretched for more than 60 miles. The official explanation: road construction. Rob Schmitz reports.
Posted In: Travel

Zuma seeks investment amid strikes

South African President Jacob Zuma is in China to sign some key free trade deals. But back home, his country's workers are on strike. Reporter Gretchen Wilson talks the details with Steve Chiotakis.

India travelers worry over BlackBerry

The Indian government continues to insist that it will cripple all Blackberry devices in the country if the smartphone company doesn't agree to unlock some of its private data. But the government is facing new pressure to back down from its threats from business travelers and visitors. Raymond Thibodeaux reports.

Detroit may cut felony box on job apps

Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Many job applications have a special box to check if you have. But advocates for ex-cons say the question handcuffs those who want to stay on the straight and narrow through legitimate employment. Sarah Hulett reports Detroit is the latest city to consider banning the box.
Posted In: Crime, Jobs

Divide over Fed buying more gov't debt

A couple of weeks ago, the Federal Reserve surprised the markets when it decided to buy more government debt. But that move came with a lot of debate among Fed officials. Reporter Amy Scott talks the details with Bob Moon.
Posted In: Economy

Apple files patent to ID jailbreakers

For years, Apple iPhone users have been doing something called jailbreaking -- essentially hacking the phone, allowing them to use software that hasn't been sold and authorized by Apple. The practice was recently given the OK by the government, but Apple continues to look for ways to stop it. Jeremy Hobson reports.

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