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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 14, 2014

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“Operational efficiencies” is often just another way of saying job cuts.  So how many of those are we looking at with this merger?  Later, President Obama makes his first visit to the Central Valley of California, to talk about the state’s drought emergency. What a president can do about making it rain. And finally, It’s that time again - Valentine’s Day… Whether you’re single, married or wooing, chocolate is a must on this day.  But brace yourself before you hit the stores for that last-minute chocolaty gift...the sweet stuff is a little richer this year. The price of chocolates has been rising and doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon. Finally, African American buying power may be rising – but do rosy projections of buying power translate into growing economic, social or political power? 

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What buying power buys African-Americans

Feb 12, 2014
Not everyone agrees buying power translates into other uses
From a  Subaru commercial.
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You said you wanted your chocolate to be rich ...

Feb 14, 2014
Why the price of everyone's favorite Valentine's Day gift is on the rise.
A partial view taken on November 23, 2011 in Paris shows chocolate and sweets displayed at the Mere de famille chocolate shop.
ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images

Why the Comcast-Time Warner deal would mean layoffs

Feb 14, 2014
Comcast says a merger with Time Warner Cable will create about $1.5 billion in "operating efficiencies." Translation: layoffs are coming.

President Obama could make it rain in California

Feb 14, 2014
California's thirst for water may be quenched by federal relief

PODCAST: How to make it rain (cash) in California

Feb 14, 2014
President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the agriculturally-rich city of Fresno, Calif. to address the state's drought.

Eddie Bauer suits Jos. A. Bank just fine

Feb 14, 2014
Jos. A. Bank wants to keep another suitor away.

Hospitals are sharing data to save lives

Feb 14, 2014
Sharing data and best practices have caused dramatic savings

“Operational efficiencies” is often just another way of saying job cuts.  So how many of those are we looking at with this merger?  Later, President Obama makes his first visit to the Central Valley of California, to talk about the state’s drought emergency. What a president can do about making it rain. And finally, It’s that time again – Valentine’s Day… Whether you’re single, married or wooing, chocolate is a must on this day.  But brace yourself before you hit the stores for that last-minute chocolaty gift…the sweet stuff is a little richer this year. The price of chocolates has been rising and doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon. Finally, African American buying power may be rising – but do rosy projections of buying power translate into growing economic, social or political power? 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC