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Solar panel users who generate more power than they need currently relinquish that excess energy to local utilities. A Senate committee is considering whether to require those companies to pay for that energy. Jennifer Collins reports.
Chicken enthusiasts are fighting for their right to keep the birds in backyard coops in many big cities where the practice is illegal. Joel Rose explores the issue and visits with urban chicken owners in Philadelphia.
Volkswagen and Porsche have agreed to merge after the sports car's plan to buy stake buckled under debt. Stephen Beard explores the longstanding family feud between the two companies and whether it's ended now.
The Star Trek franchise is trying a new product to tap into the zealous love of Trekkies: three kinds of perfume, named faithfully after inside references to the show. Marketers call it a smart move. Caitlan Carroll reports.
It's the 10th anniversary of the Bank of England's decision to sell off its gold reserves, and the move has cost them billions in the long run. Steve Chiotakis explores the pitfalls of the decision with Marketplace's Stephen Beard.
Live Nation is still waiting to find out if regulators will approve its proposed merger with Ticketmaster. If the deal goes through, it could mean taking advantage of bigger shares from artists. Joel Rose reports.
The Obama budget team has identified 121 line items they say don't work. But one person's failed idea or unnecessary expense is someone else's vital program, and the proposed $17 billion in cuts will likely face opposition. Tamara Keith reports.
Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, May 7, 2009