Marketplace PM for April 17, 2007

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The marriage penalty is so 1950s

Commentator Martha Burk says our tax system's treatment of married women may have made sense for Ward and June Cleaver, but it's time for a change.
Posted In: Taxes

Insuring the middle-aged market

AARP announced health plans for people between 50 and 64 and for those already on Medicare. Economist Glenn Melnick talked with host Tess Vigeland about what the organization for retirees is doing.
Posted In: Health

BMWs, beer and . . . solar power?

The leading market for solar power isn't a sun-drenched locale. It's Germany, where despite lots of clouds and rain, the solar-panel industry has brought a ray of hope to its economically depressed regions. Kyle James reports.

Court puts bank regulation in federal hands

The nation's banks got some good news from the U.S. Supreme Court today. It ruled states can't make their own rules for bank subsidiaries. But the decision has consumer groups worried. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Crime

Coast Guard throws contractors overboard

The Coast Guard booted Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman today for, among other things, building eight cutters that had issues with seaworthiness. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Washington

Subprime borrowers may have help coming

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they'll unveil new programs this summer to let many subprime borrowers refinance their home loans. But some in Congress say such assistance needs federal oversight. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Housing, Washington

With empty homes, lenders lie low

Ohio has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Cleveland and its suburbs are spending millions to maintain homes that nobody wants. And come billing time, lenders are making themselves scarce. Mhari Saito reports.
Posted In: Housing

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