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Marketplace PM for December 6, 2005

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Upward, and northward, mobility

An estimated 6.3 million undocumented immigrants work in the US. Just about everyone agrees something should be done about the issue. Hillary Wicai reports that a survey out today may shed new light on the policy debate.

Political advertising?

Ford has announced it will no longer advertise its luxury brands in gay publications. A spokesman insists it's a business decision, but some believe Ford is caving in to pressure from conservative Christian groups. John Dimsdale reports.

Bird flu budgeting

The HHS Secretary says local governments aren't ready for a bird flu outbreak. The president plans to spend $7 billion to fight the disease. But some state officals say it's just not enough. From WBHM in Birmingham, Tanya Ott reports.

It's the economy, stupid

Hey, there's more to economics than productivity and GDP growth. Tim Harford is the author of "The Undercover Economist," and he talked to Kai Ryssdal about why we should care about the profession.
Posted In: Economy

The Conch Whisperer

Overfishing has devastated much of the world's fishing hatcheries. Fish farming is one solution, though not all sea critters are amenable to that; Conch was considered a long shot. But Judith Ritter reports from the Turks and Caicos islands on one man who liked the odds.

A public exchange

The members of the New York Stock Exchange took a big step into the digital age today, approving a merger with the electronic trading firm Archipelago. New York bureau chief Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Mo bettah sprawl?

California-based homebuilder KB Homes announced today that it's partnering with the engineering firm Shaw Group to build homes on undeveloped land near New Orleans. Sarah Gardner reports.