Oct 20, 2016

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, October 21, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about British American Tobacco's offer to purchase Reynolds American, which would make it the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company. Plus, we'll also examine data that show a surge in the construction of single-family homes,…

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Soon, the house next door could be a rental

Oct 20, 2016
One in four single-family homes is now investor-owned, and rented by a tenant. And that percentage is increasing.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Will honey bees stay sweet on North Dakota?

Oct 21, 2016
Corn and soybean production is eating into North Dakota's great bee habitats.
Beekeeper Mark Sperry in Kindred, North Dakota says he has to travel increasingly long distances to find good forage areas for his bees due to increased acreage of corn and soybeans near him.
Annie Baxter/Marketplace

Starbucks doubles down on China

Oct 21, 2016
The company plans to open more than 2,000 additional stores in the next five years.
A Starbucks coffee shop, built in traditional Chinese style, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Fighting fire with tweets: California uses social media to save lives

Oct 21, 2016
Getting accurate information onto the website and social media — and satisfying the public’s voracious appetite for news — requires an army of public information officers in the field.
The Loma Fire burns in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains in September. The fire would consume more than 4,000 acres—seven square miles—before it was fully contained in October.
Scott Cohn

The British pound's drop to a historic low

Oct 21, 2016
The British pound, Starbucks' push into China, and social media as a way to fight fires.

On today’s show, we’ll talk about British American Tobacco’s offer to purchase Reynolds American, which would make it the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company. Plus, we’ll also examine data that show a surge in the construction of single-family homes, and look at the danger North Dakota’s bees may be facing. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC