Marketplace PM for January 13, 2006

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Inflated fears about inflation?

The Labor Department announced today that the Producer Price Index, which tracks what manufacturers and stores pay, climbed 5.4% last year - the biggest jump in 15 years. So why is Gus Foucher of Moody's economy.com so calm?
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Math is fun

Writer and commentator Peter Coy waxes rhapsodic about the joys of "doing the numbers."

David Johnson checks in

Dallas stockbroker checks in with host Cheryl Glaser about the week on Wall Street.
Posted In: Wall Street

Profile: Chinese autoworker

Jocelyn Ford recently spent the day with a worker at an autoparts factory in Chongqing, China. She's a 35-year-old grinding machine operator working at Duke Industries. She lives in a small 2-bedroom apartment, but she's dreaming big...

Briseno family follow-up

More than 2200 American troops have died, and another 16,000 have been wounded, since the Iraq war started. Advances in medical technology mean that more and more of those wounded survive. That's creating a growing pool of injured veterans who need extensive, and expensive, long-term care. Much of the responsibility for that care is falling on relatives. From the Marketplace Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai checks in with a family we first met a year and a half ago.

A big honkin' settlement for AIG

Last May, the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the insurance giant AIG, accusing AIG of fudging its accounting to make its results look better than they were. Now, a settlement may be in the works. Alisa Roth tells us how more than $1 billion may wipe the slate clean.
Posted In: Wall Street

Maryland to Wal-Mart: Provide healthcare!

Maryland just passed a bill mandating that big employers provide healthcare to workers - or pay the state. Of the four companies in Maryland that fit the bill, only Wal-Mart doesn't already offer healthcare to virtually all workers. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
Posted In: Health

The crowded race for majority leader

The field of Representatives vying for Tom Delay's old job as House majority leader grew today. Arizona Rep. John Shadegg entered the race, joining contenders Roy Blunt and John Boehner. In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, all 3 are vowing to reform lobbying practices established by Delay. John Dimsdale reports.