Feb 7, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 7, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 7, 2008

Segments From this episode

The Senate is not stimulated

Feb 7, 2008
Though close to passing, the economic stimulus package fell short of approval in the Senate by just one vote. John Dimsdale reports what's holding the package back, including an extra $40 billion requested by Senate Democrats.

Growing too fast for our infrastructure?

Feb 7, 2008
Aside from a weak economy, cities around the world are struggling with crumbling infrastructure. Economics correspondent Chris Farrell talks to Scott Jagow about when we might start repairing this long-neglected issue.

Flight delays beyond airline control

Feb 7, 2008
Last year was the second-worst for flight delays, but some claim the problem may not be with the airlines. Rachel Dornhelm reports a shortage of air traffic controllers may have added to the problem.

Business backed up at Mexican border

Feb 7, 2008
Long lines of people waiting to get documents checked at the U.S.-Mexico border is affecting businesses that once enjoyed freedom from a passport requirement. David Martin Davies reports who's affected, and how.

U.S. meets on China's investments

Feb 7, 2008
The credit crunch has helped make China partial owners of Wall Street banks desperate for financing, and a hearing in Washington will help figure out what China's investments mean to the U.S. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

No interest rate cut for ECB

Feb 7, 2008
While the Federal Reserve's cure for an economic slowdown is to cut interest rates, the European Central Bank decided today against that move. Doug Krizner talks to Stephen Beard about where the ECB is most concerned.

Cities purchase vacancies to help

Feb 7, 2008
A vacant home isn't the most desirable thing on the market, so cities across the country are offering to buy empty houses to help battle foreclosure damage on the real estate market. Jeff Tyler has more.

Retail sales down across the board

Feb 7, 2008
The latest retail figures made for a disappointing January for everyone from teen clothing vendors to Wal-Mart. Nancy Marshall Genzer looks at possible factors in the slump, including high gas prices and gift cards.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC