Apr 23, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for April 23, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for April 23, 2008

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Airline losses spreading

Apr 23, 2008
Delta Airlines and would-be partner Northwest both reported losses for the quarter. Their market values dropped, too. Earlier in the week, United posted a bad quarter. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Rebates for home builders weighed

Apr 23, 2008
Today, Congress is considering extending a rule that would allow home builders to apply any current losses to tax returns up to four years back. That could set builders up for big rebates. Jeff Tyler has more.

Delta union vote starts today

Apr 23, 2008
Government approval of a Delta-Northwest airline merger is pending, but today Delta Airlines flight attendants begin voting on whether to unionize. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks at what affect, if any, a union could have on the merger.

Campaign politics and the food crisis

Apr 23, 2008
Food shortages and the subsequent spike in food prices have caused a U.N. program to stop providing meals to schools in three countries. Commentator Will Wilkinson says the U.S. political process contributed to the worldwide food crisis.

Social Security backlog needs funding

Apr 23, 2008
Waits for disability benefit hearings now average 16 months. Today, Congress considers President Bush's request for $600 million to hire more judges and support staff. John Dimsdale reports from Washington.

Italy trying to keep Alitalia in the air

Apr 23, 2008
The Italian government will loan Alitalia about half a billion dollars to prevent the troubled airline's collapse. But Alitalia is losing $1 million a day and facing ever higher fuel costs. Stephen Beard reports from London.

An idea for Jerusalem's housing crunch

Apr 23, 2008
Every fifth apartment in Central Jerusalem is owned by someone from abroad, and many visit only on holidays and vacations. Hebrew University students want to rent them the rest of the time. Daniel Estrin reports.

U.S. updates rules for foreign investors

Apr 23, 2008
Security matters become the key issue in the Treasury Department's new rules for overseas investors. Companies involved in defense or homeland security are most likely to be scrutinized. Jill Barshay reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC