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Aug 15, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, August 15, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, August 15, 2008

Segments From this episode

Phelps in the market to sell dreams

Aug 15, 2008
As U.S. swimming Olympian Michael Phelps goes for more gold in the Beijing games, his agent is expecting more sponsorship deals. But Scott Tong reports why China may not be the best market for him.

Cockfighting ban ends Louisiana profit

Aug 15, 2008
Louisiana banned cockfighting, and some locals who view the practice as a longstanding tradition are sad to see it go. Kate Archer Kent also reports its profitability could also force cockfighting to continue underground.

A resurrected hope in local hydropower

Aug 15, 2008
With Vermont's contracts with out-of-state electricity plants set to expire, residents are nervous about rising rates. But a group of environmentalists may have found a local solution. Jane Lindholm reports.

Liechtenstein clear on its accounts

Aug 15, 2008
Liechtenstein, long known in Europe as a "safe" place for foreign depositors, is planning to pass on info to tax authorities about certain undeclared accounts. Stephen Beard reports on the move to avoid scandal.

Do CEO endorsements mean anything?

Aug 15, 2008
When high profile CEOs contribute to a political campaign, what's more valuable: the money, or the weight of their support? Steve Henn explores the question and the political influence of CEOs in this economy.

The changing face of Coney Island

Aug 15, 2008
Coney Island is famous for its kitsch charm, but a looming redevelopment plan hoping to bring in hotels other mainstream commerce is threatening to change the amusement park for good. Jill Barshay reports.

Commodities waning on stronger dollar

Aug 15, 2008
Commodity prices have been on a steep decline lately as demand for things like oil, copper and wheat has been ebbing. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports why the dollar's recent rally has started turning things around.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC