May 29, 2007

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Beefing up with a Swift takeover

May 29, 2007
The Brazilian meat producer JBS is buying America's third-biggest processor, Swift & Co., for $225 million. If approved, the takeover will create the world's largest beef and pork processing company. Bob Moon reports.

'Phonemarks' replace earmarks on Capitol Hill

May 29, 2007
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says lawmakers have found a new way to fund pet projects that avoids the bad publicity they risked from slipping pork-barrel items into legislation.

Bush tightens Sudan sanctions

May 29, 2007
President Bush today directed the Treasury Department to tighten existing economic sanctions against Sudan. It's already a crime for American companies to do business with the country. Jeff Tyler reports what's new.

Victim of discrimination? The clock's ticking

May 29, 2007
The Supreme Court ruled today that if you wait too long to bring a discrimination lawsuit, you're out of luck. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Zoellick said to be World Bank nominee

May 29, 2007
Word is out that former U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick will be nominated Wednesday by President Bush to be the new president of the World Bank. Hillary Wicai reports.

Candidates put health care on 2008 agenda

May 29, 2007
The Democratic presidential candidates are rolling out their proposals for health care. We talked with economics professor Uwe Reinhardt about which ones might have a chance of becoming reality.

Israel utility policy leaves some in the dark

May 29, 2007
To reduce the number of customers it disconnects for not paying their bills, Israel's national electric utility makes some of them pay before using power. But that's brought some problems, too. Orly Halpern reports.

Green power may not always get a green light

May 29, 2007
Green power is good for the environment, right? Southern Californians are finding out it's not that simple, as utilities plan new "energy corridors" for renewable power. Sarah Gardner reports.