Jan 30, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, January 30, 2012

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One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can't European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.

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Approval of new nuclear reactors near

Jan 30, 2012
The first new reactors since Three Mile Island is nearing approval just as natural gas is rising as an energy alternative that is safer and cleaner.

Focus shifts back to Greece at European summit

Jan 30, 2012
At yet another summit of European leaders, worries about Greece are coming back to the forefront.

Florida lawmaker hopes to change food stamp rules

Jan 30, 2012
Florida is the latest of states that are proposing to limit what kinds of food people on food stamps can buy.

Florida latest state to try to control food stamp purchases

Jan 30, 2012
After similar legislation failed in California, Texas, and Illinois, a lawmaker in Florida is hoping to ban the use of food stamps to buy soda, candy, and other junk food.

How the Florida economy has hit NASCAR

Jan 30, 2012
We speak to Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, about how the economy in Florida has suffered in recent years, and what he hopes to get out of the primary in that state.

PODCAST: More summits, more problems

Jan 30, 2012
One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can't European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.
Customers walk to a Wendy's restaurant on June 13, 2011 in Chicago, Ill. The company experienced big losses last quarter, in part because of rising food prices.
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Megaupload users could have data deleted soon

Jan 30, 2012
U.S. prosecutors warn that they may soon delete their personal data they have stored on the file-sharing site Megaupload, citing illegal transfer of music and movies on the site.

What to fear more: Inflation vs. deflation

Jan 30, 2012
The news that Americans are saving more is a mixed blessing, and could also increase our risk of deflation.

Warm winter creating heating fuel glut

Jan 30, 2012
Forecasters say the unusually mild winter so far over the East and Midwest could reduce heating costs 20 percent. Good news for those who pay the heating bills. Maybe not so good for those who sell the fuel.

Obama's latest push for mortgage refinancing

Jan 30, 2012
In his State of the Union address, President Obama sketched out a plan to help homeowners refinance, something Allan Sloan calls 'Wall Street bailing out Main Street.'

More from NASCAR CEO Brian France

Jan 30, 2012
Heading into the Florida primary, we went to the CEO of NASCAR to get a glimpse at the state's economic situation.

France pushes for financial transaction tax

Jan 30, 2012
At the European summit today, focus is not only on Greece's debt, but a French plan to charge banks a fee for each and every financial transaction.

British chocolate maker offers sweet deal

Jan 30, 2012
In Britain, a chocolate manufacturer is inviting customers to lend it money and then paying them back in chocolate – with interest.

One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can’t European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC