Marketplace PM for December 2, 2004
A big number due out tomorrow - a new jobs report. In October the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. Analysts will be disappointed if the November figure doesn't fall to 5.4 percent. Those same analysts expect payrolls to rise by 200,000. When it comes time to negotiate salaries, some experts say women tend to sell themselves short. The theory goes women have been taught not to be too pushy, and because of cultural biases, men tend to get away with it. But as Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports, some women are beginning to catch on ...
The United Church of Christ says two TV networks are refusing to air its new commercial. CBS says it has a policy of not accepting 'advocacy advertising'. NBC says it rejects ads that deal with public controversy. What is the ad - advocating? That's at the heart of this dispute, as Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.
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It is already December 3rd in in Bhopal, India. As the sun rises, thousands of people are gathering in the streets for what will be a major demonstration. It is to remember what happened there on this day 20 years ago. Some 40 tons of poisonous gas leaked out of a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide Company. Officials say nearly 15,000 people died that night and in the following months. Hundreds of thousands of survivors still suffer. Many are still waiting for full compensation. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bhopal, some survivors took what they could get from the company and set about trying to begin again.
A feel-good number for factories: orders up half a percent in October. That beat Wall Street forecasts. And the Bush Administration maintains its tax cuts could help manufacturers further still. If you're asking, 'hey, didn't manufacturers get tax cuts already?' Commentator and analyst Larry Haas says 'sure - but now who gets to call themselves a manufacturer?'
Today, news broke that Yankees star Jason Giambi told a federal grand jury that he used steroids. Host David Brown speaks to Business of Sports analyst Diana Nyad about what effect this will have on the testing industry. And those other superstars suspected of using steroids ...