Marketplace PM for April 27, 2005
Do big oil trouble and the price of gas make you a bit queasy? Maybe you're thinking about calling in sick tomorrow? That's not really an option if you're one of the millions of Americans who don't have paid sick leave. Today - a couple of Democrats introduced a bill that aims to change that. From the Marketplace Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports.
Today in Louisville Kentucky, a U.S. District Court heard a lot about horses. Racehorses, to be exact. Jockeys are fighting with track owners over just how much risk they should bear on the job. Injuries caused by a 40-mile-an-hour spill can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care. Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, opens its racing season this Saturday -- but both sides are digging in. Kahtleen Adams reports.
The new Airbus super-jumbo -- the A380 -- lifted off for the first time today. But how well will it do with airlines? Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.
Retired employees at Polaroid won't be seeing much of a payout when the $426 million sale of the company goes through today. They'll each get a mere $47. Compare that to a combined $21 million sendoff that Polaroid's chairman and chief executive are getting. Marketplace's Helen Palmer has the story.
High oil prices have oil companies raking in record profits these days. But commentator Vijay Vaitheswaran says the profits mask some very serious problems.