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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.

Segments From this episode

Cane sugar v. corn syrup: Battle of the sweeteners

by Sarah Gardner 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.
The Real Economy

In Illinois, voters hope election results will boost economy

by Mitchell Hartman 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

by Scott Tong 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.
Mid-day Update

Soda sales fizzling out

by Jeremy Hobson and Stacey Vanek Smith Mar 21, 2012
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.
BBC World Service

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

by Andrew Walker 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.?
GOP Contenders

The influence of Mitt Romney's business background

by Jeremy Hobson 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

by Adriene Hill 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

by Stephen Beard 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

by Jeremy Hobson 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.
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Farewell Exxon Valdez, Happy Birthday Twitter

by Mary Dooe 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.

A possible change for bankruptcy and student loans

by Stacey Vanek Smith 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.

Twitter celebrates its sixth birthday

by Stacey Vanek Smith Mar 21, 2012
The company is set to make around $250 million next year -- but should it be making much more?

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