May 4, 2006

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An Asian equivalent to the euro?

May 4, 2006
Today China, Japan and South Korea announced a plan to work toward coordination of their monetary policies. But the first hurdle will be overcoming centuries of suspicion and mistrust. Bob Moon reports.

Fill'er up with ethanol

May 4, 2006
Ethanol made from corn seems to be the new darling of Washington's energy planning, but tough questions remain about its overall economic value. Curt Nickisch reports.

Investing in vaccines

May 4, 2006
Federal health authorities today issued more than a billion dollars worth of contracts to speed the production of vaccines in preparation for a possible avian flu pandemic. Hillary Wicai reports.

Organic powerhouse

May 4, 2006
Whole Foods has begun to flex its market muscle, using its power position to dictate fois gras policy to its suppliers. Sarah Gardner reports on how Whole Foods is becoming the organic version of Wal-Mart.

Should student athletes be paid to play?

May 4, 2006
Business-of-sports commentator Diana Nyad talks to host Tess Vigeland about the growing tension between big-money college athletics and the unpaid athletes who play the games.
No. 2 NFL Draft pick Reggie Bush is the latest player in trouble: His family allegedly took $100 lived rent-free in a $750,000 home while Bush was a student-athlete at USC.
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Not a pretty picture

May 4, 2006
Kodak is having a rough go in the age of digital cameras and camera phones. The photo industry giant lost $298 million last quarter and today said it's considering selling its health-imaging business. Cheryl Glaser reports.

Yes, humans cause global warming

May 4, 2006
A government study this week concludes that human activity is driving the earth's warming trend. Writer and commentator Mark Hertsgaard tells us about the politics behind the state of American denial.