Aug 6, 2007

Marketplace AM for August 6, 2007

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Fed watch buzzwords: Inflation, growth

Aug 6, 2007
The Fed meets this week to set short-term interest rates. It's held them steady for more than a year now, but with further signs of a weakening economy, might we be in for a cut? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

To educate a workforce or import one?

Aug 6, 2007
The British government is asking businesses to foot part of the bill to educate the millions of citizens there who lack basic literacy skills. Some have embraced the idea, but a major business coalition says N-O. Stephen Beard reports.

Might be time to people-proof plastics

Aug 6, 2007
A government panel will review possible health risks of a key ingredient used in plastics, but some scientists say the research they'll be considering was funded by, guess who? The chemical industry. Sam Eaton reports.

More eavesdropping power on tap

Aug 6, 2007
A new law gives the White House greater power to eavesdrop U.S. residents communicating with terrorism suspects overseas. But President Bush wanted to give phone companies amnesty for past spying, and Congress didn't hand it over. Steve Henn reports.

Nardelli back in driver's seat

Aug 6, 2007
Bob Nardelli didn't have such a good run as CEO of Home Depot, but today he got another job as the head of Chrysler, where he won't have to worry about stock prices and angry shareholders. Micki Maynard says it…

Brits must stamp out foot & mouth again

Aug 6, 2007
The U.K.'s meat and livestock industry is still suffering the effects of 2001's foot and mouth disease outbreak, not to mention mad cow, so the government's acting swiftly to minimize the impact of this latest case. Stephen Beard reports.

Gas strike halts South Africa

Aug 6, 2007
Striking workers are paralyzing South Africa's oil industry, not to mention its roadways. Employees of the southern hemisphere's largest oil refinery walked off the job last week and drivers there are running on empty. Gretchen Wilson reports.

How the Bancrofts lost the Journal

Aug 6, 2007
Rupert Murdoch last week managed to swing a couple Bancrofts over to his side to buy Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal, but Allan Sloan says the damage was done a long time ago, way back when the…

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