Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday December 3, 2014
Dec 3, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday December 3, 2014

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First, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case about the rights pregnant workers have when it comes to being offered light-duty assignments. We look at the potential ripple effects for businesses. And the European economy is in the doldrums, its sails slack, the boat listing. The European Central Bank meets tomorrow and market players are anticipating word about a new stimulus, large scale purchasing of bonds, to bring down interest rates and prompt lending. More on that. Plus, today is the 30th anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster. On the morning of December 3rd 1984, lethal gas leaked from a fertilizer plant in Bhopal, India killing thousands in their sleep. The plant, then-owned by Union Carbide of the U.S., is now part of Dow Chemical. We look at what to do about the children of victims;  the lack of clean up and accountability even now, 30 years later; and the increasing attention of at least some institutional investors. 

Segments From this episode

Does the First Amendment apply to tour guides?

Dec 3, 2014
Tour guides in popular vacation spots say that requiring them to take tests and obtain licenses violates their free-speech rights.

Supreme Court hears pregnancy case

Dec 3, 2014
If the former UPS worker wins, employers could face an avalanche of pregnancy-discrimination lawsuits.

PODCAST: To your right, a lawsuit

Dec 3, 2014
A so-so job market, streaming music gets counted, and tour guides fight for their rights.

First, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case about the rights pregnant workers have when it comes to being offered light-duty assignments. We look at the potential ripple effects for businesses. And the European economy is in the doldrums, its sails slack, the boat listing. The European Central Bank meets tomorrow and market players are anticipating word about a new stimulus, large scale purchasing of bonds, to bring down interest rates and prompt lending. More on that. Plus, today is the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster. On the morning of December 3rd 1984, lethal gas leaked from a fertilizer plant in Bhopal, India killing thousands in their sleep. The plant, then-owned by Union Carbide of the U.S., is now part of Dow Chemical. We look at what to do about the children of victims;  the lack of clean up and accountability even now, 30 years later; and the increasing attention of at least some institutional investors. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC