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Apr 17, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for April 17, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for April 17, 2008

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Arms may be headed to Zimbabwe

Apr 17, 2008
Zimbabwe election results remain under wraps, but today a new twist in the troubled nation's saga: South African officials confirm a Chinese ship carrying arms has been cleared through South African customs. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Lost luggage? You aren't alone

Apr 17, 2008
About 42 million pieces of luggage that passengers checked with airlines last year were lost -- affecting one in 2,000 flyers, according to a new study. Alisa Roth reports.

Many miss benefits of free trade

Apr 17, 2008
President Bush wants to fast-track a free trade agreement with Colombia, but Democrats on Capitol Hill are objecting. Marketplace's economics correspondent Chris Farrell weighs in on the debate.

Lust for oil soaring outside U.S.

Apr 17, 2008
Oil prices have topped another record. U.S. crude was fetching well over $115 a barrel in London this morning. As Stephen Beard reports, speculation and uncertainty about supply lines have hedge funds placing bets.

Farm bill delayed as food costs soar

Apr 17, 2008
Congress has put off a farm bill for two weeks, after it couldn't agree on how to pay its $280 billion price tag. Beyond the cost, there's the issue of subsidies leading to more political liability as food prices keep…

Congress takes up student loans

Apr 17, 2008
The House was expected to pass legislation today aimed at stabilizing and expanding the federally guaranteed student loan market. Steve Henn reports.

Commercial banks feeling crunch too

Apr 17, 2008
Merrill Lynch reported $6 billion new write-offs for the first quarter, and the brokerage says it will have to cut 4,000 jobs. Analyst Tanya Azarch talks about the bigger picture for investment and commercial banks.

Does FAA need to fix inspections?

Apr 17, 2008
The FAA is working on improving the way it deals with airline safety. One thing it's tackling is how to ensure airlines are complying with safety directives, while trying to avoid cancellation chaos. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Jail unlikely for indicted Samsung exec

Apr 17, 2008
Samsung CEO Lee Kun-Hee is a very powerful man in South Korea. So powerful that, although he has been indicted on tax evasion charges, he is not likely to face jail, if convicted. Jeremy Hobson reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC