Aug 31, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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When you should buy disaster insurance

Aug 31, 2011
With all the natural disasters occurring around the country recently, disaster insurance has become a hot topic for homeowners. But when and which should you buy?

Shipping company causes dispute on high seas

Aug 31, 2011
Cosco, one of the world's largest shipping companies, is refusing to pay for some ships that it chartered long-term in 2008. Ship owners are threatening to battle back.

Does America need more engineers?

Aug 31, 2011
High-tech companies have long complained that the U.S. doesn't educate enough engineers with advanced degrees for sophisticated technical work.

House page program ends

Aug 31, 2011
Today is the last day of the 200-year-old House page program in Washington, but there's a movement brewing to save it.

ExxonMobil's Russian Arctic deal another blow to BP

Aug 31, 2011
Yesterday, oil giants ExxonMobil and Rosneft of Russia struck a deal to explore oil in the Arctic. This comes as yet another blow to BP who also had its hopes set on the region.

Study: Some companies pay more to their own CEOs than to Uncle Sam

Aug 31, 2011
A new study shows that major U.S. companies often pay out more money in executive salary than they do in taxes.

BP offices raided after losing Arctic deal with Russia

Aug 31, 2011
BP's offices were raided earlier today as part of a lawsuit against the company. The oil giant is being sued for damages by a shareholder after BP lost a similar deal with Russian company Rosneft to explore the Arctic for oil.

Planned layoffs down

Aug 31, 2011
Challenger, Gray and Christmas reported that employers announced just over 50,000 planned layoffs for August, which is down compared to last month but still worse than this time last year.

Some major U.S. companies pay high CEO salaries, few taxes

Aug 31, 2011
According to a new study, some major companies in the U.S. pay more for their CEOs than they do in taxes. But can this pay off for the economy as a whole?

Jobs reports trickle in, but little good news

Aug 31, 2011
Monthly jobs reports are starting to come in from various sources in preparation for the Labor Department findings on Friday. But are we gaining or losing in the battle against unemployment?

Job growth continues to slug along

Aug 31, 2011
Early indicators of the previous month's jobs situation in the U.S. are out today. We speak to our own Eve Troeh about whether they are up, down, or just flatlining.

Justice Dept. takes steps to block AT&T, T-mobile merger

Aug 31, 2011
In a major anti-trust action, the Justice Department this morning filed a suit to stop the AT&T, T-mobile merger months in the making.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC