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Jul 23, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Segments From this episode

Where's my summer vacation?

Jul 23, 2008
The average U.S. worker gets 14 days of paid vacation, but anxieties about the economy are making fewer employees take off during the summer. Commentator Robert Reich says Americans still need a summer break.

Bus and subway riders to pay more

Jul 23, 2008
Oil prices have inspired a national increase in bus and subway commuters, and with that comes a rise in fares in several cities. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports that's putting a squeeze on transit systems' budgets.

Water infrastructure is big business

Jul 23, 2008
American cities will need to invest more than $250 billion to update their water systems in the next 20 years. Steve Henn reports private equity investors and major corporations have notice of the water business.

Vodafone buys own stock on losses

Jul 23, 2008
Vodafone suffered a 14 percent fall in its share price yesterday, swaying confidence in the cell phone market. Stephen Beard reports Vodafone hopes to boost faith in its stock by buying some of it back.

Dollar coins can save U.S. money

Jul 23, 2008
The U.S. Mint will be rolling out new $1 coins next month and will be launching a campaign to expand the coins' use. Jeremy Hobson reports the coins could save millions in production costs.

Compromise set on housing bill

Jul 23, 2008
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares are up on news the White House has agreed to a compromise with lawmakers on a housing market rescue bill. But Dan Grech reports there's no guarantee this action will help bring them back…

Broadcasting in a new world

Jul 23, 2008
Host Kai Ryssdal continues his conversation with Showtime CEO Matt Blank in our latest in the Conversations From the Corner Office series.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC