Feb 18, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 18, 2010

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New panel would monitor systemic risk

Feb 18, 2010
The Senate may have reached a possible agreement on a panel that would monitor risk to the financial system. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson about why senators don't necessarily want Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to head the panel.

Biomass an option over corn ethanol

Feb 18, 2010
A cheaper, less energy-intensive type of ethanol will make for the possibility of a fuel alternative that is less than $2 a gallon. Jennifer Collins explains why the process to produce the fuel makes it less expensive.

Wal-Mart not always an urban booster

Feb 18, 2010
As Wal-Mart continues to expand its reach into urban markets, a new study questions whether the retailer's appearance has an overall positive effect on the local economy. Adriene Hill reports.

Court to decide if Google library is legal

Feb 18, 2010
A hearing today in a New York courtroom will determine whether a controversial deal between Google and two big groups of authors and publishers should stand. Sarah Gardner explores why some feel copyright law may be in danger.

Grapes invoke wrath at French customs

Feb 18, 2010
A dozen French wine producers and traders have been found guilty of mislabeling 18 million bottles of Pinot Noir. French customs officers discovered the grand-scale wine fraud upon detecting an inferior grape blend. Stephen Beard reports.

TIGER grants will get economy moving

Feb 18, 2010
The White House has announced $1.5 billion for special transportation grants as part of the massive federal stimulus program passed over a year ago. Andrea Bernstein tells us about the potential transportation projects to come.

U.K., Argentina fight over Falklands

Feb 18, 2010
Argentina and the U.K. once fought an undeclared war over each one's claim of the Falkland Islands, and the battle is once again flaring up. Bill Radke talks to reporter Daniel Schweimler in Buenos Aires about what's causing the conflict now.

Cyber attack targets personal info

Feb 18, 2010
Computer security company Netwitness is reporting a major cyber attack affecting 75,000 machines worldwide and within 500 companies in the U.S. Steve Chiotakis gets the latest from Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson.

Jobless claims rise unexpectedly

Feb 18, 2010
The number of workers seeking first-time jobless benefits jumped unexpectedly last week by 31,000. Analysts were expecting a slight decline. Steve Chiotakis gets more analysis from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.

Bipartisan panel to tackle rising deficit

Feb 18, 2010
President Obama named a bipartisan panel to come up with ways to deal with a federal deficit expected to reach $1.6 trillion this year. Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson about who's on the panel and whether it will be effective.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC