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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A big deal for homebuilders

Homebuilders Pulte and Centex announced today they're getting together in a $1.3 billion stock-for-stock deal. Steve Chiotakis talks to economics professor Peter Morici about how this will affect the markets.
Posted In: Housing

Major funding for a field of dreams

The town of Zion, Ill. is hoping to get a boost in jobs as it hosts a minor league baseball team with major funding from actor Kevin Costner. Construction starts next month on a $15 million stadium. Joel Rose reports.
Posted In: Sports

Jobless reality might make good TV

A new Dutch reality TV show is giving coworkers at an ailing business the chance to decide who gets fired at their firm. Stephen Beard explains why "Someone's Gotta Go" might have a cathartic effect in a downtrodden economy.
Posted In: Entertainment, Jobs

Government pensions losing value

Government pensions are being hit hard by the economic fallout, with some experts saying the average state or local plan is just 50 percent funded right now. Steve Chiotakis covers the issue with Marketplace's Steve Henn.
Posted In: Retirement

Economy will grow on needs, not wants

Consumers are reassessing their purchases and more are spending on things they need than things they want. Some analysts say the economy is headed in this direction and that needs-based jobs will thrive. Caitlan Carroll reports.
Posted In: Retail

Are the days of Web freeloading over?

Kodak, one of the major online photo repositories, will soon start charging user fees at the risk of photo deletion. Are Web fees for formerly free sites becoming the norm? Renita Jablonski talks to LA Times business columnist David Lazarus.
Posted In: Internet

GM could shed parts to stay intact

GM wants to take advantage of a section of bankruptcy code that would allow it to sell its top-performing assets and brands to a new GM right away. Jeremy Hobson reports why that's seen as a better option than selling the company in pieces.
Posted In: Auto

Life insurance may come back to life

Life insurance companies are major players in the financial system, and many invested in some of the same toxic mortgage-backed assets that got the banks in trouble. But Steve Henn reports government aid will soon be on its way.

The 1930's are a world away

Pundits and policymakers can't resist the temptation to compare the current downturn to the one in the 1930's. But commentator Will Wilkinson says our crisis is more comparable to recent crises from countries like Sweden or Japan.