Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren't able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized for running a bounty scheme that rewarded players for injuring opponents. China's announcement that its economy will have slower days ahead set global markets into a tizzy yesterday; investors are now worried dark days are ahead for everyone else, too.

Is China's slow growth estimate a bad thing?

Markets reacted badly to China cutting its growth estimate to 7.5% but changes could allow Chinese consumers to buy more of their own products.
Posted In: China, economic growth

Parish priest in Ireland reflects on country's bailout

After 15 years of the "Celtic Tiger," Ireland has faced rough financial times in recent years. But can Greece and other European countries learn a thing or two from its experience?
Posted In: Ireland, Ireland bailout

Tornado influx hurts communities in South, Midwest

They're mourning loved ones and assessing damage across the Midwest and South this week, in the aftermath of as many as 80 tornadoes, that left 40 people dead.
Posted In: tornado, weather, natural disasters

Legalize drugs? VP Biden says no.

In Mexico, Vice President Biden signals the administration is not open to changing drug policy.
Posted In: drugs, war on drugs, Biden, South America

Gas prices drop slightly, but could still rise

The national average for a gallon of gasoline dipped today after about a month of steady increases. At the same time, tension with Iran could push those back up.
Posted In: gas, Oil, Unemployment

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Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren't able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized for running a bounty scheme that rewarded players for injuring opponents. China's announcement that its economy will have slower days ahead set global markets into a tizzy yesterday; investors are now worried dark days are ahead for everyone else, too.

The value of learning a foreign language

New data shows that Europeans are rushing to learn German as the country remains the strongest in the European Union. Do language trends always follow the money?
Posted In: Education, German, foreign language

U.S. homeowners to get a few new lifelines

President Obama reportedly plans to announce some new help for hurting homeowners. There's word one part of the plan would make it cheaper to refinance mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration.
Posted In: homeowner, Federal Housing Administration, mortgage, Housing

A new civil rights march in Alabama this week

African-Americans and Latino activists march this week from Selma to Montgomery to protest voter ID laws and Alabama’s new immigration measures.
Posted In: civil rights, protests, Alabama, Immigration law

NFL probes coach over bounty payments

NFL investigators meet with former New Orleans Saints defensive coach, Gregg Williams. Fallout from the bounty scandal could taint the NFL.
Posted In: Sports, NFL

Super PAC money no help building campaign organizations

Super PACs are not allowed to spend the millions they take in on campaign organizations. Some cash-rich Super Tuesday candidates were so organization poor they couldn't collect enough signatures to get on ballots in all ten states.
Posted In: super PAC, Super Tuesday

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