Jim Zarroli http://aspenpublicradio.org en After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/after-bangladesh-factory-disaster-efforts-show-mixed-progress One year ago Thursday, an eight-story factory building in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. The disaster at Rana Plaza brought new attention to safety conditions in the country's booming garment industry.<p>In the year since then, some of the world's biggest retailers have begun inspecting Bangladesh's factories more aggressively. But in other ways efforts to reform the industry have fallen short.<p>When sewing machine operator Aklima Khanam arrived at Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013, some of her coworkers were milling around outside. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 17506 at http://aspenpublicradio.org After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/blockbuster-trades-are-changing-face-pharmaceuticals Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The pharmaceutical industry is undergoing some sweeping changes so the past few days, some major deals have been announced. The first involving a trio of big named companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Ely Lily. The second is a proposed deal between Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals and California's Allergan, the maker of Botox. That deal is valued at $45 billion. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: In the drug business, Valeant is known for spending little money on researching new drugs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 17483 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/sending-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 17074 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/proposed-mega-merger-hill-spotlights-consumers Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 16780 at http://aspenpublicradio.org New Rules Force Big Banks To Keep A Bigger Cushion http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/new-rules-force-big-banks-keep-bigger-cushion Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Five and a half years after the financial crisis that devastated the global economy, U.S. officials are taking steps to strengthen the nation's banking system. Today, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved tough new rules that require banks to hold a lot more capital on their books. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 16713 at http://aspenpublicradio.org