* Urban Policy (The Brian Lehrer Show: Wednesday, 29 April 2009) (Public Radio, WNYC)

* House prices have fallen by �45000 from peak Halifax says (Harry Wallop, Telegraph)

* Funeral home director admits embezzling more than $200,000 (Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

* Recession may be over early, some forecasters believe (Kevin G. Hall, Sacramento Bee)

* L.I. POL TOOK CASH FOR CONTRACTS (Kieran Crowley, New York Post)

* Roberts: Obama will have to fight to reduce federal spending (Steven Roberts, Milford Daily News)

* Private sector jobs data adds to economic hopes (Burton Frierson, Reuters US)

* Verizon Continues SMS Spam Suits (Chloe Albanesius, PC Magazine)

* Student-loan program on chopping block (Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post)

* In Charlotte, Wells Fargo lays off 548 employees (Rick Rothacker, The Herald)

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* Madoff’s in jail finally! But tales of greed go on (Charlotte Observer)

* SUICIDE SCHOLARS? (Adam Brodsky, New York Post)

* NAACP Files Lawsuit Against Subprime Lenders (KDKA)

* Kansas City-area home foreclosures rise (Pittsburgh Business Times)

* Study finds drop in mortgage suits (Kansas City Star)

* S&P cuts ratings on MGIC to at risk (Business Journal Charlotte)

* Couple tricked farmer of �1m property (Richard Savill, Telegraph)

* Why pay mortgage if bailout is possible? (Columbus Dispatch)

* Buzzwords: Cramdown (Consumer Reports)

* Poll: Will it be a good spring for O.C. housing? (Orange County Register)

* Martin County court clerk may have to lay off employees (George Andreassi, Jupiter Courier)

* 667K new jobless claims; new-home sales tumble (Christopher S. Rugaber)

* FSA boss pledges ‘revolution’ as he rejects light-touch policy (Sean Farrell, The Independent Online)

* 30-year fixed mortgage rates up slightly

* I’ll Leave You With These Thoughts (Telegraph)

* New Tenant Foreclosure Hotline Unveiled (Steve Milne, WOSU)

* Fannie taps lifeline after $59B in losses (Tami Luhby, Money)

* JPMorgan warns of more housing woes (David Ellis, Money)

* FHLB of Boston loses money, suspends dividend (Boston Business Journal)

* House of Cards: The Faces Behind Foreclosures (David Von Drehle, Time)

* Task force targets Md.’s high mortgage fraud areas (Ben Greene)

A statewide mortgage fraud task force launched today with a focus on Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the Baltimore area, where Maryland’s highest concentrations of mortgage-related crimes occur.

* Maryland probes mortgage fraud (Ben Greene)

BALTIMORE | A statewide mortgage-fraud task force got under way Friday with a focus on Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the Baltimore area, where Maryland’s highest concentrations of mortgage-related crimes occur.

* A SERIOUS PLAN (New York Post)

Make no mistake: President Obama’s $275 billion foreclosure-prevention package is expensive, risky and unfair to homeowners who played by the rules all along.

* New Site Helps Homeowners Avoid Loan Modification Fraud (24-7 Press Release Newswire)

GLENDALE, CA, February 11, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — As adjustable rate mortgages and a receding economy threaten millions of homeowners with a potential foreclosure, the demand for loan modification is causing many of the former predatory lenders to resurface and setup shop as loan modification providers.

* BofA, Citigroup say nationalization not needed (Houston Business Journal)

Amid speculation about the nationalization of banks, executives of the two banks most cited for that fate are saying it isnt necessary.

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