Marketplace for Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Marketplace for Thursday, August 5, 2010

Google, Verizon discuss net neutrality

Reports say Google and Verizon have been trying to hammer out a shared vision of how the future of the Internet should work. Reporter Steve Henn talks with Kai Ryssdal about how a deal could impact consumers and why we should care.
Posted In: Internet

Lack of paint may leave roads stripeless

The paint for those yellow and white lines you see on the highway has gotten pretty tough to come by for contractors around the world. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch pulled over on highway 51 in Alabama to check it out.
Posted In: Travel

Susan G. Komen fights for trademark

Susan G. Komen For the Cure, the breast cancer charity, has warned several other charities to stay away from its trademarked phrase: "Race for the Cure." And watch out if you use the color pink. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Charity, Crime

We ought to bag the plastic bag tax

Some cities have tried to curb the proliferation of what some call "the urban tumbleweed" by charging consumers for plastic bags at the checkout aisle. Commentator Susan Lee says that's not the way to go.
Posted In: Environment

Sustainable fishing: What's the catch?

One of the clearest signals that grocery stores are going "green" is the proliferation of products touting "sustainable" credentials. Lately, that label has hooked the West Coast's tuna fishing industry. But what exactly does "sustainable fishing" mean? Rob Manning reports.
Posted In: Food

Got a pharmacist question? Chat online.

Walgreens and Rite Aid have unveiled new programs to allow customers to chat online with pharmacist, about, whatever you want. Gregory Warner reports.
Posted In: Health

Jobless claims point to troubling trend

We don't usually talk too much about weekly jobless claims. They jump around a lot and it can be dangerous to read too much into them. But they caught our eye this morning. Nearly 480,000 people filed for unemployment benefits last week -- that's the highest level since April. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Jobs

State aid bill raises budget concerns

The Senate passed a bill to help states weather the tough economy. The House will vote on it next week. The $26 billion measure will go toward helping states fund their Medicaid budgets and forestall teacher layoffs. The legislation has its critics, though. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.