Dec 24, 2009
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Many major provisions in the House and Senate health care reform bills wouldn't take effect for a long time after passage. But one part that would start right away could help unstick the economy -- if it works. Gregory Warner reports.
Cash-strapped state and local governments this year have sold more than $60 billion worth of Build America Bonds, subsidized by the U.S. Treasury. To drum up interest in their debt, states are taking their marketing message overseas. Amy Scott reports.
One of Germany's wealthiest families wants to cash in and build a giant solar park on its land. But residents of a nearby town are saying nicht in my backyard. Kyle James reports.
Commentator Betsey Stevenson says that, despite all the bad news this year, something positive is going on -- the U.S. divorce rate is now the lowest it's been in 30 years.
New York City's construction boom went bust so fast some of the condominium buildings are standing unfinished. But proposals to turn them into affordable housing units have been a tough sell. Alisa Roth reports.