Marketplace for Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Amid the recent controversies surrounding Foxconn in China, Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz offers a peek into his recent visit into the factories. President Obama signed the JOBS Act today. The government says it's a way to promote employment by small businesses, but many say the bill opens the door for potential corruption. Discovery re-brands its Planet Green network as Destination America, another sign that green TV is failing to catch on with viewers and advertisers. And with Passover this weekend, there's a battle brewing between American and Israeli-made matzo.

JOBS Act loosens regulations

President Obama signed the JOBS Act today, but the law poses some questions about investor protection.
Posted In: JOBS Act

Discovery discovers green programming doesn't sell

Discovery Communications will replace Planet Green cable channel with programs about travel and food.
Posted In: television, sustainability, Environment, Entertainment

M.B.A. programs gear up for green

Major companies increasingly want M.B.A.s to help them make financial, environmental and social gains.
Posted In: business school, green, green biz

Stores target matzo in Passover price war

Supermarkets regularly take losses on matzo sales to bring in Passover shoppers, and often turn to cheaper Israeli manufacturers to minimize those losses. While American matzo producers are hurting, shoppers don't seem to mind where their matzo came from.
Posted In: matzo, Passover

High gas prices hurt station owners too

Widely fluctuating gasoline prices is just one indication that high gas prices are as a much a problem for independent station owners as they are for consumers.
Posted In: gas prices

Which cities have the most jobs?

According to Gallup's latest polls, Oklahoma City sits at the top of the list of cities that are hiring. A number of California cities round out the bottom of the list.
Posted In: Jobs

Bankers jump on Super PAC bandwagon

Friends of Traditional Banking wants to target a few close Congressional elections rather than spreading their money around to a lot of politicians hoping they'll vote in their interests.
Posted In: super PAC, Bankers

A look inside a Foxconn factory

Marketplace's Rob Schmitz is one of the few reporters to gain access into a Foxconn factory. He discusses what working conditions were like for the workers there.
Posted In: apple, Foxconn, China

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