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Apr 8, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, April 8, 2013

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Immigration reform is expected to be front and center in Washington this week as lawmakers introduce their plans for an overhaul. One idea is to create an expanded guest worker program, but there are big questions about how that should be done. Portugal's economic future is in doubt this morning after the country's high court ruled that many of the government's bailout cuts are unconstitutional. And in California, beach fire pits are sparking a battle between private interests and public land.

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Guest workers remain sticking point in immigration debate

Apr 8, 2013
With Congress back, the immigration debate is likely to heat up. We take a look at the 'economic constituents' of the guest worker question.

Will company profits reflect stock market records?

Apr 8, 2013
First quarter earnings come out as the stock markets hit all-time highs. But investors could be more interested in what happens the rest of the year.

Beach fire pits spark battle between private interests and public land

Apr 8, 2013
Southern Californians are known for their laid-back attitude. But a fight over beaches has split folks who own expensive beach front homes and beach-goers who gather around fire pits.
Southern Californians are known for their laid-back attitude. But a fight over beaches has split folks who own expensive beach front homes and beach-goers who gather around fire pits.
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Portugal court throws austerity cuts for a loop

Apr 8, 2013
Portugal's economic future is in doubt this morning after the country's high court ruled that many of the government's bailout cuts are unconstitutional.

What is the best age for innovation?

Apr 8, 2013
Are you more innovative in your 20s or your 50s? Tom Agan, managing partner at innovation and brand consultancy Rivia, has come up with answer that might surprise you.

Margaret Thatcher's economic legacy

Apr 8, 2013
Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female Prime Minister, died Monday from a stroke at age 87.

Public-private university salary gap widens: Report

Apr 8, 2013
Given the dismal outlook of State budgets across the country, public universities will have to find a way to compete for talent with fewer resources than their private counterparts.

A check in on corporate America

Apr 8, 2013
Corporate earnings season kicks off today with a report from the aluminum maker Alcoa. Analysts will be watching closely for signs of how the U.S. and global economy is faring.

PODCAST: The legacy of Margaret Thatcher, a growing salary gap

Apr 8, 2013
A look back at Margaret Thatcher's economic legacy. A new report sheds light on the growing gap between private and public university salaries. And happy Q2 earnings season!

Immigration reform is expected to be front and center in Washington this week as lawmakers introduce their plans for an overhaul. One idea is to create an expanded guest worker program, but there are big questions about how that should be done. Portugal’s economic future is in doubt this morning after the country’s high court ruled that many of the government’s bailout cuts are unconstitutional. And in California, beach fire pits are sparking a battle between private interests and public land.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC