Marketplace PM for October 6, 2005

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Big business: unhappy patriots

Congress is set to renew the Patriot Act before it expires at the end of this year. But some powerful corporate lobbies say it makes it too easy for the Feds to get confidential business records. Sarah Gardner reports.

We had Enron; Europe has Parmalat

The Italian dairy conglomerate Parmalat imploded two years ago in the biggest bankruptcy scandal in Italian history. Shares started trading again today and it looks like the bad times are over. Megan Williams reports.

Examining the energy bill

Tomorrow the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a plan to get more gas coming out of the nation's refineries. But — surprise — the bill's not without controversy. John Dimsdale has more.

Time to tax big oil?

Estimates for hurricane reconstruction costs run from $100-$250 billion. Some lawmakers are calling for taxes on the windfall profits oil companies have been enjoying. But commentator Glenn Hubbard thinks that's a bad idea.

Returning to Waveland

Waveland is — was — a small town on the Mississippi coast. Almost the only building left standing after Katrina was the Coast Inn and Suites. Dan Grech goes back for another visit.

Don't despair. Or then again, do.

It's conventional wisdom that happy workers are productive workers, and productive workers are profitable workers. Lawrence Kersten is a management consultant who says conventional wisdom is very wrong.

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Getting ready for the bird flu

Tomorrow big vaccine makers are headed to the White House to discuss the bird flu; Congress has set aside $4 billion to prepare. But will pharmecuetical companies need more? Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.

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