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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday August 12, 2014
Aug 12, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday August 12, 2014

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Not too long ago, Chiquita, the big banana company, made an offer to buy Irish produce giant Fyffes for about half a billion dollars. Now, Chiquita itself is in the sites of potential buyers: two Brazilian companies have made an offer to buy the company. Plus, the FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations after a police officer in suburban St. Louis fatally shot an unarmed teenager this past weekend. 18 year old Michael Brown's death lead to protests and unrest in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting occurred. Cases like these hit communities hard -- We take a look at the financial and emotional costs. And going to the movies is kind of an expensive proposition these days. First there's the ticket -- that's around 15 bucks -- and then there are the concessions, which always seem to come with their own brand of sticker shock. Pricey popcorn, though, has long been the main way movie theaters make money. But now many theaters are going a step further to lure audiences.

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Fixing an aging infrastructure can cost billions

Aug 12, 2014
Crises like the water-main break at UCLA expose faults in city infrastructure.

The high price of alleged police misconduct

Aug 12, 2014
What's the cost of lawsuits, settlements, or disorder from alleged misconduct?

PODCAST: Fixing the floodgates

Aug 12, 2014
Payday loans, water infrastructure, and Aremnian PR.
Students on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.
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Payday lender accused of dodging state laws

Aug 12, 2014
Manhattan's District Attorney says company made illegal loans via the web.

Not too long ago, Chiquita, the big banana company, made an offer to buy Irish produce giant Fyffes for about half a billion dollars. Now, Chiquita itself is in the sites of potential buyers: two Brazilian companies have made an offer to buy the company. Plus, the FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations after a police officer in suburban St. Louis fatally shot an unarmed teenager this past weekend. 18 year old Michael Brown’s death lead to protests and unrest in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting occurred. Cases like these hit communities hard — We take a look at the financial and emotional costs. And going to the movies is kind of an expensive proposition these days. First there’s the ticket — that’s around 15 bucks — and then there are the concessions, which always seem to come with their own brand of sticker shock. Pricey popcorn, though, has long been the main way movie theaters make money. But now many theaters are going a step further to lure audiences.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC