Feb 14, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 14, 2013

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On this Valentine's Day, American Airlines and US Airways are making a wedding announcement as the boards of both carriers have approved a merger. Bob Crandall, the former CEO of American Airlines, joins us to discuss what's ahead for what…

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You're my colleague. Will you be my Valentine?

Feb 14, 2013
Despite advice to the contrary, work colleagues frequently date each other. That can give HR a headache and lead to corporate policies barring office romance.
Despite advice to the contrary, work colleagues frequently date each other. That can give HR a headache and lead to corporate policies barring office romance.
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Atlanta works to recover from housing bust

Feb 14, 2013
Atlanta's unemployment rate still tops the national percentage, but city residents hope the worst is finally behind them.

American Airlines merger has a lot of history

Feb 14, 2013
Bob Crandall, the former CEO of American Airlines, joins us to discuss the path to the US Airways merger and what's next for the new airliner.

Schools risk outsized debts with delayed bond payments

Feb 14, 2013
Many school districts around the country are making use of capital appreciation bonds, long-term bonds that can put them into debt for far more than they initially borrowed.

Is a new global recession on the way?

Feb 14, 2013
A slew of GDP numbers out of Europe and Asia today paint a gory picture of the global economy.

American Airlines and US Airways: How do two airlines become one?

Feb 14, 2013
American Airlines and US Airways have officially announced their long-suspected merger. Together the companies will become the largest airline in the world, but the consolidation process won’t be without its challenges.

Mergers and acquisitions ramp up with American Airlines and Heinz deals

Feb 14, 2013
Investors are digesting a mega airlines merger and major ketchup acquisition this morning. Is the activity a coincidence or part of a larger trend?

My big fat American airline

Feb 14, 2013
Robert Isom, the COO of US Airways and John Snook, the Senior Vice Presdeint of Customer Service at American Airlines share their thoughts on the challenges of the coming merger and their hopes for the future airline.

Warren Buffett, 3G to buy Heinz, but it's not just about the ketchup

Feb 14, 2013
Legendary investor Warren Buffet announced Thursday morning that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will team up with a Brazilian-backed investment firm to buy H. J. Heinz, the ketchup maker. The price tag? Just over $23 billion.

PODCAST: Password 1, 2, 3

Feb 14, 2013
A merger between American Airlines and US Airways, Warren Buffet to enter the ketchup business, the creative and risky financing being used by public school districts around the country, and the most common business passwords.

On this Valentine’s Day, American Airlines and US Airways are making a wedding announcement as the boards of both carriers have approved a merger. Bob Crandall, the former CEO of American Airlines, joins us to discuss what’s ahead for what will be the world’s largest airline. Is a new global recession on the way? And, despite advice to the contrary, work colleagues frequently date each other. That can give HR a headache and lead to corporate policies barring office romance.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC