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Marketplace PM for November 1, 2005

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Destination ANWR

Congress is in the midst of its budget reconciliation. Being debated today: cutting $39 billion from Medicaid and student loans programs, and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/scott.html">Amy Scott</a> reports.
Posted In: Washington

Keeping warm vs. global warming

Oil and natural gas prices fell today; crude's down near $59 a barrel. But as <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/hartman.html">Mitchell Hartman</a> reports from Portland, Oregon, even the best of intentions can have unintended consequences.

Wal-Mart gets pre-warning warning

The Labor Department got some serious grief from its own inspector general this week for giving Wal-Mart a heads-up before coming to investigate. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/glaser.html">Cheryl Glaser</a> fills us in.
Posted In: Washington

Farms reclaimed in South Africa

It has been more than ten years since the end of apartheid in South Africa. Now, for the first time, the government is aggressivelytransferring land from white farmers to blacks. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/fitzpatrick.html">Terry FitzPatrick</a> reports.
Posted In: Canada

Tax reform hits the fan

Today the President's tax reform panel formally issued its recommendations. Their goal was to make the tax code simpler and more fair. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/tong.html">Scott Tong</a> looks to see if it will be.
Posted In: Washington

Bush decides to be prepared for bird flu

At the White House this morning the President rolled out his plan to protect the country from a bird flu pandemic. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/palmer.html">Helen Palmer</a> reports from the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH.
Posted In: Health, Washington

The cost of preventing bird flu

The president wants to spend $7.1 billion of the people's money to guard against avian flu. But medical historian and commentator Howard Markel wonders whether it's being spent wisely.