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Mar 21, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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The morning after yet another primary Tuesday, we take a deeper look at the economic policies of Mitt Romney. Is cane sugar really better for you than corn syrup? And as gas prices keep going up, the White House could grant a waiver of what's known as the "Jones Act," which currently forbids foreign cargo ships from moving their goods from one American port to another.

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Cane sugar v. corn syrup: Battle of the sweeteners

Mar 20, 2012
Cane sugar and corn syrup at going at it in court. Sugar doesn't want to be confused with syrup and they both want to hold onto their markets.

In Illinois, voters hope election results will boost economy

Mar 21, 2012
Workers in Rockford, Ill., are divided on how much the auto bailout helped the local economy. Many hope yesterday's primary election might be the first step in helping factory areas in the state fully recover.

The scarce ways that crude oil costs could drop

Mar 21, 2012
The president might be able to do little to really bring down short term gas prices. But reporter Scott Tong outlines some things that actually would affect the price.

Soda sales fizzling out

New numbers out today show that the soda sales slump that has been going on for years continued to speed up in 2011, with consumers buying more healthy beverages in its place.
Soda is displayed in a market in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Soda sales have been declining slightly for several years now, even though they still make up a huge part of the beverage market.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Race to find new World Bank leader could take power from U.S.

Mar 21, 2012
How would the IMF and the World Bank really change if the new leader was appointed from a developing nation instead of the U.S.?

The influence of Mitt Romney's business background

Mar 21, 2012
What drives the Republican presidential candidate, and what's more important than the simple fact that he has wealthy friends.

Getting gasoline to the East Coast

Mar 21, 2012
Obama may waive a law so that foreign ships can transport gas from the Gulf of Mexico to the East Coast to ease shortages and lower prices.

British budget to be unveiled with focus on income tax

Mar 21, 2012
A former British finance minister once threatened to “squeeze the rich until the pips squeak," but that won’t like be the message of today.

What can be done about high oil prices

Mar 21, 2012
Oil prices are slightly lower this morning in overseas trading, around $124 a barrel, but that is still very high. And those high oil prices are leading to high gas prices which are starting to really worry some economists who are concerned about our recovery and whether or not it could be derailed.

PODCAST: Farewell Exxon Valdez, Happy Birthday Twitter

Mar 21, 2012
The morning after yet another primary Tuesday, we take a deeper look at the economic policies of Mitt Romney. Is cane sugar really better for you than corn syrup? And as gas prices keep going up, the White House could grant a waiver of what's known as the "Jones Act," which currently forbids foreign cargo ships from moving their goods from one American port to another.
Tugboats towing the oil tanker Exxon Valdez two weeks after the tanker ran aground 24 March, 1989, and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil. Now, the tanker has been sold for scrap metal.
CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images

A possible change for bankruptcy and student loans

Mar 21, 2012
Current laws make it very hard for student loans to be forgiven. There's a proposal now in Congress that would change that.
Students from all over the UK participate in a demonstration February 20, 2002 in London. Here in the U.S., those with student loan debt who file bankruptcy are currently not forgiven their college loans. That might soon change, however.
Sion Touhig/Getty Images

Twitter celebrates its sixth birthday

Mar 21, 2012
The company is set to make around $250 million next year -- but should it be making much more?
A close-up view of the logo for the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011 in London, England.
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The morning after yet another primary Tuesday, we take a deeper look at the economic policies of Mitt Romney. Is cane sugar really better for you than corn syrup? And as gas prices keep going up, the White House could grant a waiver of what’s known as the “Jones Act,” which currently forbids foreign cargo ships from moving their goods from one American port to another.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC