Jan 20, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Brown will give reforms a rough ride

Jan 20, 2010
The election of Republican Scott Brown to the Massachusetts senatorial seat dissolves the Democrats' filibuster-proof Senate majority. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's John Dimsdale about how that will affect the White House agenda.

Brits bitter over Cadbury takeover

Jan 20, 2010
For the British, Cadbury is almost as strong a part of the culture as Shakespeare, so a takeover by an American company hits hard. Christopher Werth gauges reactions from the general British public.

A lot of value in free government data

Jan 20, 2010
The White House has ordered that some high-value government data be made available online by the end of the month at data.gov, and Brett Neely reports with the right spin, tech heads can find a lucrative business.

States owe billions in unemployment

Jan 20, 2010
A ProPublica study shows half of the state unemployment systems in the U.S. are deeply in debt. So far, states have borrowed $25 billion from the Feds in order to keep paying laid-off workers. Mitchell Hartman explores states' repayment options.

China tells banks to ease up on lending

Jan 20, 2010
Regulators in China are telling the country's major banks to get stingier with credit this year in an effort to keep the economy from overheating. Some fear the lending will lead to asset bubbles and inflation. Scott Tong reports.

Study: Fracking a contamination risk

Jan 20, 2010
A new study finds hydraulic fracturing, a process energy companies use to free up oil and gas reserves from rocks, can also contaminate ground water with known carcinogens. Environmental advocates want the process regulated. Sam Eaton reports.

Mervyn King calls for IMF, G20 merger

Jan 20, 2010
Bank of England Governor Mervyn King wants to merge the IMF and G20, in hopes of creating a governing council that would encourage countries with high-savings rates to spend more at home. Christopher Werth reports.

No info from the other driver? No cash.

Jan 20, 2010
What happens when you get rear-ended on the highway and the other driver takes off without giving you their information? Bill Radke talks to L.A. Times business columnist David Lazarus, who retells this tale and its costly consequences.

FHA to tighten mortgage lending

Jan 20, 2010
The Federal Housing Administration is set to raise the premiums on mortgage insurance and tighten lending standards for some borrowers. Steve Chiotakis analyzes the move with Richard DeKaser of Woodley Park Research.

Obama combats contractor tax evasion

Jan 20, 2010
President Obama has ordered federal government agencies to bar companies that are delinquent on their taxes from getting any new government contracts. Bill Radke gets more from Marketplace's John Dimsdale.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC