Marketplace PM for April 13, 2006

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Ford's way forward: close more plants

A couple of months ago Ford said its plan for getting the car maker back on track involved closing 14 plants. Three already were named, and today workers at two more learned they're next. Cheryl Glaser reports.

Bush pushes worker plan to small business

President Bush told a small-business conference today that an immigration bill must contain a guest worker program. But John Dimsdale reports that small-business owners are sharply divided on the proposal.
Posted In: Washington

Cuba wants foreign investment in its sugar

The Cuban government is seeking foreign investment in its sugar industry for the first time in more than four decades. Three companies have expressed an interest, but they're remaining anonymous. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

This scheme sounds like a movie

Arrested this week for allegedly participating in a $6.7 million insider trading ring was a Goldman Sachs analyst named Eugene Plotkin. New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin tells Kai Ryssdal about a screenplay Plotkin wrote that sounds a lot like what he's accused of.
Posted In: Investing

Building with green wood

Some cities have set up "green" building councils to encourage architects and contractors to keep the environment in mind when choosing materials for their projects. And as David Welch reports, green building starts with green trees.

Take me out to the urban renewal

Business-of-sports commentator Diana Nyad talks with Kai Ryssdal about the newer, fancier stadiums being built around the country and the impact they're having on their cities.
Posted In: Sports

Catering to a mature market

Japan has one of the world's fastest aging populations. An aging population means a new kind of consumer and a new kind of niche marketing. What kind of niche? Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

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