Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Housing construction rose in January

New housing construction rose more than expected last month. But how do these numbers play into the bigger picture of the current real estate market? Steve Chiotakis gets further analysis from Richard DeKaser at Woodley Park Resarch.
Posted In: Housing, Wall Street

That's not a real free Bahamas cruise

Are scammers getting any smarter, or are they more desperate than ever? Bill Radke talks to Los Angeles business columnist David Lazarus about a recent call he got from one spammer.
Posted In: Crime

Toyota considers recall of the Corolla

Toyota is considering a recall of its best-selling car, the Corolla, for power steering problems. Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson about some of the complaints from American consumers and what Toyota plans to do going forward.
Posted In: Auto

Oil giants pull out of climate lobby

Oil companies BP and ConocoPhillips and a heavy equipment maker are pulling out of a group working to get climate change legislation through Congress. Some at the companies feel the legislation is unfair for oil refiners. Jennifer Collins reports.

What sets the new budget panel apart?

President Obama is set to sign an executive order tomorrow creating a bipartisan panel to recommend ways to reduce the deficit. Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson about why this budget panel is different from the last one.

Could this be the end of Abbey Road?

Abbey Road is a holy place for Beatles fans the world over. But the future of the famous studio is in doubt, as the private equity firm that bought the record company that owns it is in trouble and reportedly ready to sell. Stephen Beard reports.

Community health a function of wealth

A study out today ranks counties in the U.S. by overall health and wealth. Research concludes that economic status may be even more important than access to care. Gregory Warner finds out why.
Posted In: Health

U.S., Japan approach crisis differently

Toyota may have been criticized for how it's handled the recall crisis, but Japanese companies also differ from U.S. companies in how they deal with those types of heavy situations. Alisa Roth explores cultural disparities.
Posted In: Auto

EBT now stands for restaurant meals

Until now it's been a struggle to use food stamps at restaurants, but L.A. county's new Restaurant Meals program now allows EBT to be accepted at 500 locations, including Dominos and El Pollo Loco. Vanessa Romo reports.
Posted In: food stamps

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