May 23, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 23, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 23, 2011

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Electricity prices aren't created equal

May 23, 2011
In Hawaii, high prices for electricity have led residents to cut back and look for alternatives.

Chicagoans wonder if tax money is being flushed down the toilet

May 23, 2011
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel will look at whether special tax funds for blighted neighborhoods are diverted too often to big companies.

E-books and tablets play major role at book convention

May 23, 2011
The major book convention BookExpo America begins in New York City today. Booksellers are beginning to adapt to a digital marketplace.

Could Europe's debt crisis hurt fundraising for Arab Spring?

May 23, 2011
President Obama has arrived in Europe today seeking resources to support democratic movements in the Middle East and North Africa. But Europe is struggling with its own finances, and may not receive the message with enthusiasm.

A tough economy weighs on campaign finances

May 23, 2011
As new Republican candidates throw their hats into the ring for the 2012 presidential campaign, some are concerned about campaign fundraising in a difficult economic climate.

Iceland restricts flights after volcanic eruption

May 23, 2011
Iceland's authorities closed the country's main airports following a volcanic eruption. Last year, a similar eruption grounded flights for days, and that took a big bite of the airline industry's bottom line.

Campaign fundraising faces a new economic landscape

May 23, 2011
Presidential hopefuls are scrambling to begin raising money for the 2012 elections. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, explains how this election's finances will be very different than 2008's.

Why do we care who heads the IMF?

May 23, 2011
France's foreign minister is the current favorite to take over as head of the IMF, but with Mexico's nomination of their central bank chief, some emerging economies are pushing for better representation.

S&P downgrades Italy's debt outlook

May 23, 2011
Julia Coronado, chief economist with BNP Paribas, explains how today's news from S&P compares with the U.S.'s recent downgrade, and what this means for Europe.

Volkswagen opens Tennessee plant tomorrow

May 23, 2011
The Chattanooga plant will open its doors tomorrow, bringing nearly 2,000 new jobs to Tennessee, but with employees receiving less in wages and benefits than from U.S. carmakers.

The changing campaign landscape

May 23, 2011
As politicians look forward to the 2012 campaign, many analysts are curious how the difference in economic climates will shape political fundraising. Alex Burns from Politico explains.

States scale back efforts to provide drugs for HIV, AIDS

May 23, 2011
More than 8,300 people are currently on waiting lists in over 10 sates to get drugs used to treat symptoms of HIV and AIDS. Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation explains.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC