Marketplace for Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Episode Description 

Georgia considers ending dry Sundays

In Georgia, you can't buy liquor in stores on Sunday. But lawmakers are considering a bill to allow Sunday sales, which has given hope to some Georgians looking to wet their weekend whistles. Susanna Capelouto reports.
Posted In: Retail

Microsoft Office named world standard

An international group that sets computer file standards has made Microsoft's Office 2007 the world standard. Janet Babin tells us what the heck that means and why it matters.

Arizona immigration law challenged

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is challenging an Arizona immigration law that would allow the state to shut down businesses knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Ohio stiffens its flex-time rules

The state of Ohio recently changed the rules of the game for its 60,000 employees. As of next month, flex time's not going to be so flexible anymore. Mhari Saito reports.
Posted In: Jobs

China will feel U.S. economy's pain

China may be booming, but commentator David Frum says its growth is more dependent now than ever on the health of the American economy.

'Credit default swaps' getting attention

A peculiar kind of unregulated financial instrument called a credit default swap was a key factor in why the Fed kept Bear Stearns from failing. Marketplace's John Dimsdale tells Kai Ryssdal about whether Congress might be applying some scrutiny.
Posted In: Wall Street

Bernanke foresees shrinking economy

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress' Joint Economic Committee that he expects the economy to slow even further. And the housing crisis? It's not his problem.
Posted In: Economy

Senate approval seen on housing bill

U.S. senators say they are close to a deal on a bill that would include money for counseling people at risk of losing their homes, and incentives for communities and citizens to buy foreclosed properties. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Housing

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