Marketplace PM for September 15, 2005

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What if they reopened a city ... and nobody came?

Today we begin a series of occasional conversations with reporters in three cities dealing with the Katrina diaspora. We'll be following what happens in Baton Rouge, St. Louis, and Birmingham, Alabama.
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Checking in with an offshore driller

The day Katrina hit land we talked to Robert Snell, CFO of Spinnaker Exploration. Back then Spinaker was still mostly shut down. Now it's looking forward, as Mr. Snell tells host Kai Ryssdal.
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Making a life in Afghanistan

This weekend Afghans vote in the country's first parliamentary elections in 25 years. US led forces are prepared for violence — Miranda Kennedy reports the army is trying a new, softer strategy for countering the insurgency.
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Sound salvation?

Yesterday the woebegone National Hockey League announced a 10-year, $100-million deal that will make XM the league's exclusive satellite radio network. It's not just about the NHL — it's also about XM v. Sirius. Host Kai Rysscal talks to biz of sports analyst Ed Derse.
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Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

The president has plans to help the regions hit by Katrina: money for housing, health care and schools, plus tax breaks for business. Fiscal conservatives are talking deficit — Scott Tong asks who's listening.
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So who gets to direct?

The response to Katrina may be the biggest government aid program since America helped rebuild Europe after World War II under the guidance of George Marshall. John Dimsdale reports on how this effort might be led.

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