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Brazil's "Motor Boys" take to the streets

Apr 5, 2005
Seattle has the Evergreen Point bridge. In DC, it's the interchange at 270 and the Beltway. In Chicago, it's where I-88 and the Eisenhower Expressway come together. The AAA says these places rank among the worst when it comes to traffic congestion. But none hold a candle to what you'll find on most any artery in Sao Paulo. Traffic's so horrible in the Brazilian city of 18 million, it's more than an inconvenience. It's an expensive drain on business productivity. At least it keeps a small army of daredevils well-employed. America's Desk correspondent Dan Grech reports.
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Can Arizona build a prison in Mexico for illegal immigrants?

Apr 5, 2005
This week Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano may have a big decision to make. Should her state seriously consider building a prison in Mexico? Arizona has seen as massive crackdown on illegal immigrants... And the state has started shelling out millions of dollars each year to lock up undocumented workers. Lawmakers say an Arizona prison in Mexico could cut those costs in half. But the idea has Mexican officials more than a little annoyed. Julia Barton reports from Tucson.
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The next Pope, and financial questions that remain

Apr 4, 2005
As the Vatican prepares for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, observers are already starting to wonder about his successor. One of the biggest questions the new pope will face is how much of the church's resources should be invested in outreach... And how much should be spent addressing internal issues which threaten the survival of the church. Megan Williams reports from Rome.
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Pope John Paul II is near death

Apr 1, 2005
It has been 26 years. The third longest papacy in the nearly 2,000 year history of the church. Pope John Paul II is head of one of the wealthiest institutions in the world. To advance the causes dearest to him, he's managed a Vatican budget estimated at $300 million a year. From the Marketplace Foreign Desk, Julie Small looks at what the numbers tell us about his character and his likely legacy.
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China: environmentally friendly or just pretending?

Apr 1, 2005
This week the Chinese government hosted its first ever international conference on green buildings. These are houses and offices that consume less energy and raw materials. If anything, the economic boom has made the country more ravenous. Last year China used as much steel as the U.S. and Japan combined. It's now the biggest coal consumer in the world. Second in oil consumption. Just how serious is China in going green? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports.
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Old racing horses get a second chance on the track

Apr 1, 2005
Seabiscuit... Chances are you've read the book or seen the movie. If you haven't, it's the story of a washed up horse that is nursed back to health and ends up becoming a champion racer. It might sound a little cinematic for the modern track. But Marketplace's London bureau Chief Stephen Beard found a British stable which is doing just that. And it's paying off...
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Zimbabwe votes, Mugabe wins, economy stinks

Mar 31, 2005
Zimbabweans cast their votes today in a parliamentary election. We can safely project a winner. President Robert Mugabe and his party. This despite the fact that his country's economy is not what you'd call healthy. You may have heard of Mugabe's land reform program... The one to transfer farm ownership from whites to blacks. The scheme has been riddled with allegations of corruption. Still it looks like the President's managed to squeeze political profit out of this. Gretchen Wilson has the story.
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Zimbabwe's elections, and a bad economy.

Mar 31, 2005
Voters go to the polls today in Zimbabwe for parliamentary elections. Most will not be surprised if President Robert Mugabe's ruling party wins by a wide margin. The opposition has seized on the failing economy as a campaign issue. As Gretchen Wilson reports, even those earning money feel like losers.
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Israel's budget - Ariel Sharon makes his play

Mar 29, 2005
It was budget day in Israel. If the budget doesnA¹t pass, the government automatically falls. Serious business. And this year, even more at stake. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has a plan to pull out of Gaza. Opponents tried to use the budget battle to derail that plan. It now appears Sharon outmaneuvered them all. The budget's been approved. As Nancy Updike reports, all it took was political savvy - and a lot of money.
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Oil and gas shortages: Is there a refinery shortage?

Mar 29, 2005
Oil prices fell slightly Monday - stopping at just over $54 a barrel. But don't get too excited. Demand is expected to keep the price of oil high in the coming months. There's also a scarcity problem. Not of the fuel itself, but as Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports, there's a shortage of refineries to turn oil into usable gasoline. Meanwhile, not everyone buys into the theory that high oil prices are here to stay. Commentator Vijay Vaitheeswaran says don't bet on it.
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