Marketplace for Friday, Jan. 25, 2008

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EMI's bands are on the run

Ever since the private-equity group Terra Firma bought troubled British recording giant EMI last summer, it's cut costs and 2,000 jobs. Some of its biggest stars have joined the exodus, too. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Wall Street
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Gates to give millions for small farmers

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has announced his foundation is going to provide $360 million to small farmers in Africa and other parts of the developing world to help them work their way out of poverty. Gretchen Wilson reports.
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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.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
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It's not a stimulus, it's deficit spending

The proposal for the $150 billion stimulus package has Washington basking in bipartisanship. But commentator Andrew Samwick says the pricetag for all that collegiality might be too high.
Posted In: Economy
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Stimulus package is not a done deal

Leaders of both parties in the House say they're on board with a proposed economic stimulus package worked out with the White House. Despite the bipartisan talk, there are plenty of potential short-circuits left. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Merger talk takes wing in slow economy

Fears of a recession seem to be solidifying aviation merger talk. Kai Ryssdal talks about the latest rumors with Marty Moylan, who covers the airline industry for Minnesota Public Radio.
Posted In: Travel
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Workers may be sticking to unions again

A new report says union membership in the United States is up very slightly. Nobody's calling it a trend just yet, but Marketplace's Steve Tripoli found some interesting things in the numbers.
Posted In: Jobs
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Harley-Davidson profits hit lower gear

America's largest motorcycle company learned an object lesson in the trickle-down effects of a slowing economy. Its profits downshifted 26 percent in the 4th quarter. Danielle Karson reports.
Posted In: Economy

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