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May 8, 2009

Marketplace for Friday, May 8, 2009

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Marketplace for Friday, May 8, 2009

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Small talk: Rewards, lawns, reading

May 8, 2009
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers about their favorite under-the-radar business stories from this week: a surge in criminal rewards, lawn paint for foreclosed homes, and how reading is becoming more expensive.

Why the pace of layoffs has slowed

May 8, 2009
Last month's unemployment numbers are out, and they're not as bad as some experts expected. But half a million layoffs is still a whole lot of people. John Dimsdale reports.

Idle mill puts Alabama workers in limbo

May 8, 2009
The American steel industry announced 5,000 layoffs, including suspending production at a mill in Alabama. That move is leaving 1,700 workers in limbo. Tanya Ott reports.

Cuomo targets debt settling companies

May 8, 2009
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is launching an investigation into 14 debt settlement companies, which he calls a "rogue industry." Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

China's soaking up whiskey market

May 8, 2009
The whiskey business is doing pretty well thanks to soaring sales in emerging markets like China. Scott Tong reports from an industry show in Shanghai.

Weekly Wrap: Banks' stress test results

May 8, 2009
Reaction to the banks' stress test results wasn't as gloomy as some predicted. Kai Ryssdal speaks with ClusterStock.com's John Carney and the Wall Street Journal's Heidi Moore about the fallout from those tests.

Big opportunities at White House dinner

May 8, 2009
The White House Correspondents' Dinner is typically a huge fete for journalists. And this year it could be bigger than ever. As Steve Henn reports, it's also a chance to do a little business.

Will electricity power cars of the future?

May 8, 2009
The Department of Energy is pulling the plug on hydrogen fuel-cell research. So electricity and ethanol are jockeying for the top car-powering spot. Are more electric cars in our future? Jennifer Collins reports.

Mandatory composting may come to SF

May 8, 2009
San Francisco wants to boost its high recycling rate, so it may become the first city to make composting and recycling mandatory. And there could be stiff penalties for those who don't comply. Caitlan Carroll reports.

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