Marketplace for Friday, April 11, 2008

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Lebanon's Palestinians set market value

An estimated 300,000 Palestinians have found their way to Lebanon, where they make up 10% of the population. Many have trouble finding jobs and buying property, so they're left to find economic advantages where they can. Don Duncan reports.

Food prices create a world of trouble

Skyrocketing food prices around the globe are such a concern they're on the agenda for the World Bank's annual meeting this weekend. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a managing director for the Bank. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about what can be done.
Posted In: Economy

New corporate credit card has its limits

The days of lavish spending with the corporate credit card may be gone with the down economy. Companies are cutting back, and they just got a new way of policing the plastic. Lisa Napoli reports.

Companies try heading off new rules

Some of the nation's biggest drug and medical companies say they'll disclose how much money they're giving doctors and health advocacy groups. It's no coincidence Congress is considering rules about improper influences in medical care. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Health

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Court case tests political spending laws

A federal court is considering a case that would overturn Watergate-era laws limiting fundraising and spending by political groups. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports that the court case is a legacy of the 2004 presidential election.
Posted In: Crime

Salmon fishing season called off

West Coast fisheries managers have voted to cancel the Chinook salmon fishing season due to historic lows in the fish's population. They're also hoping the crisis will get public officials' attention. Sarah Gardner reports.

GE brings bad things to light

Given the state of the economy, maybe it shouldn't have been such a shock when General Electric reported a 6% drop in first quarter profits. But it was. And if there's one thing Wall Street doesn't like it's surprises. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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