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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday July 09, 2014

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The Global Business Travel Association has a report out today which says there’s been a recent upswing in business trips. American companies are spending more on both domestic and international travel, as well as conventions – which they take to be a sign of increased confidence in the economy. Plus, a report from Pew says overall healthcare spending in prisons is down, but the number of older inmates is up, meaning the most expensive patient prison population is soaring. We look behind the numbers in the report. Also, a new report says that more than half of the plants sampled from stores like Home Depot and Lowes are nothing more than pesticide laced bee killers, chock full or neonicotinoids – highly toxic to pretty, buzzy winged insects like bees and butterflies. Environmentalists are pushing for the EPA to take action and review the use of neonicotinoids but what about all the landscaping, petunia planting and azalea growing that’s happening around the country? Then after, there’s a technological revolution quietly underway in the trucking industry that’s bringing us cheaper goods and cleaner air.

Segments From this episode

Aging prisoners bring healthcare cost headache

by Dan Gorenstein Jul 9, 2014
States cut costs of prison healthcare, but aging inmates could drive it back up.

U.S. companies shell out more for business travel

by Shannon Mullen Jul 9, 2014
As a sign of confidence in the economy, businesses are spending more on travel.

Note to bees: do not stop and smell the roses

by Sally Herships Jul 9, 2014
A new study says garden plants from big box stores contain a toxic pesticide.
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Keep on truckin'

by David Brancaccio Jul 9, 2014
The economic effects of Brazil's loss, Uber's discounts, and energy efficient trucks.

Big rigs get environmental overhaul

by Matt Baume Jul 9, 2014
Tech revolution in the trucking industry to bring cheaper goods, cleaner air.

Federal prosecutors end 81 conviction win streak

by Mark Garrison and David Brancaccio Jul 9, 2014
The not guilty verdict may mean insider trading convictions will be harder to get.

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