Marketplace PM for March 2, 2006

Episode Description 

Lobbying reform

The Senate takes up lobbying reform again today. Some of the proposals include an independent ethics office to police interactions between lawmakers and lobbyists. Scott Tong has more.

Mine safety hearings

In the Senate today, there were hearings about the state of mine safety and health. The hearings come after 24 people have died in American mining accidents in 2006. John Dimsdale reports.

New ten spot

Also, the Treasury department unveils the new ten dollar bill today. It's the latest colorful effort against counterfeiting... but it's not great news for the vending machine industry, which has to spend millions every time a new bill comes out. Amy Scott takes a look at the new Hamiltons.
Posted In: Economy

US-Indian nuclear deal

It's not often you hear about nuclear power being used to reduce political tension between two countries. But that's the way today's deal between the US and India is being spun. President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the agreement this morning. The United States will help India develop its civilian nuclear power program.

The new Indian consumer

President Bush is in India this week on his first-ever presidential visit to the country. Kai Ryssdal will speak with Scott Bayman, the president of GE in India, about the new Indian consumer.

India's rural poor

Today the President will meet Indian business leaders and politicians, who will showcase the country's gleaming new buildings, labs and shopping centers. But it's unlikely they will talk about the rapid economic growth in India, and the fact that 70% of the population live in rural areas or slums, and don't have access to a toilet. Miranda Kennedy reports.
Posted In: Economy

NFL negotiations

Tonight the NFL season begins, and barring a last minute agreement between the NFL owners and players, the rough and tumble of labor trouble is about to begin. Our Sports Business analyst Ed Derse fills us in on the dynamics.
Posted In: Sports

The pointy shoe dilemma

The spring fashion season is in full swing. But commentator Jessica Seigel says it's not helping her with her biggest fashion decision of the year - pointy shoes or round shoes?