Marketplace for Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Fast food workers across the country are striking and walking off the job today. Workers are demanding $15 an hour, up from $7.25, which is the current federal minimum wage. We look at why the Obama administration is working with debit cards on the roll out of the federal health care overhaul. And the weather in India can impact your pocketbook. A poor onion crop in that country has sent onion prices skyrocketing there -- and the ripple effect of the onion shortage is being felt across the globe.

Obamacare plan shows popularity of prepaid debit cards

The government will require insurers to accept prepaid debit cards as payment for insurance under Obamacare.
Posted In: prepaid cards, Obamacare

Sign spinners turn heads and profits

In the past, sign spinners, or “human directionals” in marketing jargon, often pointed their signs toward used car lots or new housing developments. But as the cost of renting a billboard has doubled, sign spinning is attracting more interest from businesses big and small.
Posted In: sign spinning, human billboards, advertising

The global economy, as seen in a hull of a ship

How do the clothes you wear and products you use get from the factory to your house?
Posted In: shipping

Louisiana agency takes on oil industry over damage to delta

The levee board for the New Orleans region sued oil companies over their damage to delta wetlands that are a protective buffer against storm surges.
Posted In: New Orleans, levee, Oil

An onion headline: Global onion shortage

A poor onion crop in India has sent onion prices skyrocketing.
Posted In: onions, globalization, India

Fast food strike: Of walk outs and drive-throughs

Fast food workers across the country are walking off the job today. Workers are demanding $15 an hour.
Posted In: fast food, McDonald's, minimum wage, labor, strike

Concussion-related settlement reached by NFL

The National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit with over 4,000 former players over head injuries.
Posted In: Sports, NFL, football, concussion

Father of foam finger unhappy with Miley Cyrus

"I would say that she certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support."
Posted In: Miley Cyrus, mtv

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