Marketplace PM for March 28, 2006

Episode Description 

Big Tobacco's woes

An independent consulting company has ruled that tobacco companies have lost a significant chunk of their market, and the 1998 $246 billion settlement they reached with states is partly to blame. The companies have been paying the states, but some provisions of the agreement have helped reduce the cash they fork over, and this latest ruling relates to one of those. Kai talks with Helen Palmer from the Health Desk at WGBH.
Posted In: Health

Who wants to be a millionaire?

When you look around town, do you ever get the feeling that there seem to be a lot more rich people these days? Well, a new study proves... you're right. Last year, more US families than ever were worth a cool million. From the Innovations Desk at WUNC in Chapel Hill, Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy

Baby boon

Ever since the first test tube baby 28 years ago, the use of fertility treatments has become common. But they haven't become any cheaper. A while ago, we told you about a program that grants the cost of a fertility cycle to would-be parents who can't afford it. Lisa Napoli followed one couple who was chosen to participate.
Posted In: Health

The Fed meets

The Federal Reserve Board meets today, and it's the first time for newly appointed chairman Ben Bernanke. Bob Moon talks about what most are already anticipating: That the Fed will once again raise interest rates, making it the 15th increase in almost two years.
Posted In: Economy

Enron trial update

The prosecution has rested their case in the long and arduous Enron trial today. Kai talks to Houston Chronicle reporter Mary Flood about the case and what happens next for former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

Insider trading on Capitol Hill

While corporate scandal is causing concern among many lawmakers, some want to enact legislation prohibiting Congressional staffers and their aides from profiting from stocks by using non-public information. John Dimsdale reports.

Citizenship equals dollars

Immigration reform is a hot topic, and only getting hotter. Commentator Tamar Jacoby says politicians are reading their voters wrong on this issue.
Posted In: Economy

Post-Katrina daycare

People on the Gulf Coast in places like Pascagoula, Mississippi find that getting back on your feet means rebuilding some economic underpinnings that people once took for granted... like daycare. From the Work and Family desk, Rachel Dornhelm reports.