Nov 16, 2017

11/16/2017: How’s the chicken business though?

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We step away from the Hill to talk to someone who will be affected by the tax bill: a poultry company CEO (and former economist) in Rogers, Arkansas, for whom tax cuts could allow a business expansion a year or so earlier than would be possible at the current tax rate. And we check in with Lizzie O'Leary, on the ground in San Juan, Puerto Rico, about how the island is rebuilding two months after Hurricane Maria. Here's a quote from a resident there on how the storm was the last straw for a lot of people already debating whether or not to leave the island: "By the time the lights come back on, there may not be people here to see it." Plus, why the FCC weakening limits on owning TV stations will pave the way for a big media merger; what Brexit will mean for fishermen in British waters; and how DeVon Franklin became "the guy" in Hollywood who gets Christian-themed entertainment in wide release.

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Cornwall's fishermen face up to post-Brexit realities

Nov 16, 2017
People working out of Britain's largest fishing port wonder what lies ahead.
“There are more foreign boats working in our waters than U.K. boats at the moment,” says Dave Stevens, skipper of the Crystal Sea trawler.
Stephen Beard/Marketplace

Two media mergers are getting different regulatory scrutiny

Nov 16, 2017
AT&T and Sinclair Broadcast Group want to increase their market share of TV stations and national TV networks. The two would-be buyers face a complicated regulatory path. But that’s where their tales diverge, leaving some analysts scratching their heads. That’s because Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media appears headed for smooth sailing before […]

For producer DeVon Franklin, Christian films merge his passion and his faith

Nov 16, 2017
DeVon Franklin didn't come to Hollywood over 20 years ago to make Christian films. But that's the genre where he made his name.
DeVon Franklin speaks during the MegaFest Leading Men In Hollywood Panel at the Omni Hotel on June 29, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for MegaFest 2017

Puerto Rico still has no power

Nov 16, 2017
Marketplace Weekend's Lizzie O'Leary gives us the view from the ground in San Juan.
A power line tower downed by the passing of Hurricane Maria lies on top of a house in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 7, 2017.
RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images

Why the pass through tax is important for businesses

Nov 16, 2017
The owner of a chicken farm explains.
Lowering the pass through tax is great for business owners like Ed Fryar.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

We step away from the Hill to talk to someone who will be affected by the tax bill: a poultry company CEO (and former economist) in Rogers, Arkansas, for whom tax cuts could allow a business expansion a year or so earlier than would be possible at the current tax rate. And we check in with Lizzie O’Leary, on the ground in San Juan, Puerto Rico, about how the island is rebuilding two months after Hurricane Maria. Here’s a quote from a resident there on how the storm was the last straw for a lot of people already debating whether or not to leave the island: “By the time the lights come back on, there may not be people here to see it.” Plus, why the FCC weakening limits on owning TV stations will pave the way for a big media merger; what Brexit will mean for fishermen in British waters; and how DeVon Franklin became “the guy” in Hollywood who gets Christian-themed entertainment in wide release.

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