Jun 20, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, June 20, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, June 20, 2008

Segments From this episode

Fewer school days mean less driving

Jun 20, 2008
Some school districts are reconsidering their typical five-day roster in order to save a few bucks. Alisa Roth covers one school cutting back an entire day of classes -- which could amount to six-figure savings.

More Wall Street prosecutions coming?

Jun 20, 2008
With Bear Stearns hedge fund managers facing charges of fraud, could other mortgage-backed securities with Wall Street connections be next? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports more criminal charges could be on the way.

Former UBS employee tells all

Jun 20, 2008
Former UBS employee Bradley Birkenfeld has pleaded guilty to a charge of helping a client dodge taxes, and says he will tell the U.S. everything he knows about the bank. Stephen Beard tells us more about what fraudulent behavior went…

Price of gas spikes in China

Jun 20, 2008
The Chinese government raised the base price of fuel by 18 percent, the first price hike in seven months. Tess Vigeland talks to Shanghai reporter Bill Marcus about the hike and the country's fuel subsidies to its citizens.
A gas nozzle in the fuel port of a car.
Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Construction helps flooded towns

Jun 20, 2008
Mississippi floodwaters have forced tens of thousands of people in Midwest towns from their homes. Now the housing industry is looking ahead to the business of reconstruction. Jeff Tyler reports.

Stepping away from the night light

Jun 20, 2008
Advocates of dark skies want the government to do something about light pollution at night. Janet Babin looks into who gets most annoyed by street lamps and what they're doing to help prevent a yellow haze.

Baseball hits replay for a boost

Jun 20, 2008
Major League Baseball has seen its viewership declining over the last 10 years or so, but MLB commissioner Bud Selig hopes instant replays will help turn heads. Renita Jablonski talks to sports writer Donnell Alexander.

Southwest is still flying high

Jun 20, 2008
Southwest Airlines has been able to stay competitive with the help of billions of dollars in fuel hedges that allow the company to pay less per gallon. Janet Babin reports the carrier may also soon add new destinations.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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