Marketplace PM for September 29, 2006

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Inflation's up, consumer spending down

The government released some worrisome economic data. August's core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, posted the biggest year-over-year increase in more than a decade. And consumer spending was down. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy

Making it easier to find pension costs

The agency that sets U.S. accounting rules has issued new requirements for corporations to state pension liabilities on their balance sheets. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Maybe there's some benefit to Medicare plan

When Medicare launched its new drug benefit a year ago, critics predicted horror story scenarios. But new details released by the Bush administration have Medicare officials doing a victory dance. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Columbia alums, get out your wallets

Columbia University is starting a $4 billion capital campaign — the largest ever in American higher education. But even larger campaigns are expected to be announced soon. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: New York

For senators, pride goeth before the fall election

Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says he's skeptical that members of the Senate will open their campaign finances to scrutiny on the Internet — though they have no problem requiring it for others.
Posted In: Washington

Week on Wall Street

Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Dallas stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson about the past week in the markets and what might lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Taking a (tax) break in Puerto Rico

A great example of how companies are getting even more creative looking for tax breaks? The pharmaceutical industry's presence in Puerto Rico. Kai Ryssdal talks about it with Jill Barshay of Congressional Quarterly.
Posted In: Canada, Health, Investing, Washington

Brazil's economy still in the black market

Brazil's voters are expected to reelect President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Sunday. The country is enjoying moderate growth, but much of its economy is still off the books. Paulo Prada reports.
Posted In: Canada