Oct 17, 2006

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K Street courting liberals (just in case)

Oct 17, 2006
Election Day is three weeks away and the political winds seem to be blowing in a "lefterly" direction. In Washington, lobbying firms are already prepping for the Democrats' possible return to relevance, Scott Tong reports.

Big drop in wholesale inflation — sort of

Oct 17, 2006
Economic data out today says wholesale prices dropped more than expected last month because of cheaper fuel. But it also suggests that inflation might be on the rise. So where's the economy headed? Jeff Tyler reports.

Cultivating consumers in rural India

Oct 17, 2006
U.S. tech companies are setting up product research centers in India to create products to sell to an emerging market of rural, mostly uneducated Indians. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Baby Boomers start truckin'

Oct 17, 2006
The trucking industry is in the middle of its worst labor shortage ever. As companies hone their recruiting efforts, they're focusing on one group: Baby Boomers. Martha Woodroof tells us it could be a match made in economic heaven.

Chicago exchanges unite

Oct 17, 2006
The Merc snapped up crosstown rival Chicago Board of Trade today to create the world's biggest exchange for futures contracts. And the marriage could spark other similar deals, Diantha Parker reports.

New incentive for Japanese workers

Oct 17, 2006
In an unprecedented ruling, Japan's Supreme Court ruled that employees legally own the patent rights to the products they invent. The decision could actually help revive creativity in the country, Janet Babin reports.

Deadbeat dads, pay up or get Posted

Oct 17, 2006
Westchester County in New York is using a novel tactic to catch deadbeat parents: Advertising their photos in The New York Post. Ashley Milne-Tyte has the story.

It takes more than aid to cure poverty

Oct 17, 2006
Economist and commentator Glenn Hubbard says wealthy countries have been taking too simplistic an approach to deal with the problem of world poverty.