Marketplace PM for April 4, 2006

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DeLay feeling the heat?

Tom DeLay says he's retiring from Congress to make sure the GOP holds onto his Texas seat this fall. But DeLay also goes on trial for money laundering back home later this year. Since his indictment, two former aides and a major contributor to his campaigns have pleaded guilty to other crimes. As John Dimsdale reports, DeLay was probably feeling the heat.

DeLay and the K Street Project

Kai Ryssdal talks with Jeff Birnbaum of the Washington Post about Rep. Tom DeLay's role in the K Street Project.

Wal-Mart gives back?

Wal-Mart has announced it will open more than 50 stores in "distressed" areas and help small businesses in those areas to succeed. It's part of an image overhaul for the company, which has faced increasing criticism for its business practices. Alisa Roth reports.

The Accidental President...

Kai talks with Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, about his new book, "The Accidental President of Brazil." Cardoso's memoir recounts his success at stopping inflation in Brazil during his time in office.

We get letters...

Kai digs around in the Marketplace mailbag to find out what's on listeners' minds. Everything from immigration reform to coffee cups to Latin, as it happens...
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Electronic license plates

The Brits have come up with an electronic surveillance system that makes it easy to track a car... and send its driver a bill. It's getting a lot of attention, and it probably won't be long before it shows up over here. From Birmingham, England, Stephen Beard reports.

Vendor on the Roof

Billboards are nothing new. But as Ian Gray reports, a Cape Cod roofer wants to take outdoor advertising to new heights in Mashpee, Massachusetts.

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