Marketplace PM for November 1, 2005
Posted In: Health, Washington
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.
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.
Posted In: Washington
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.
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.
Posted In: Canada
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.