Mesaba unions fight proposed pay cuts Mesaba Airlines wants to cut employee wages and benefits by nearly 20 percent as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan. Unions representing pilots, mechanics and flight attendants say if there's no compromise, workers will either quit or strike.5:19 p.m.
Why subsidize ethanol?
Record-breaking oil prices and slumping auto sales have a lot of people talking about ethanol. More flex-fuel vehicles are coming on the market that can run on E-85, a blend of gas that contains 85 percent ethanol. Some states, including Minnesota, are requiring higher amounts of ethanol in standard gasoline.
All the attention is making ethanol producers a lot of money. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported this weekend that a typical gallon of Minneosta ethanol costs $1.10 to produce. That same gallon can be sold for over twice that price; recently averaging $2.50 a gallon.
So it may seem surprising that the state of Minnesota is still subsidizing the ethanol industry to the tune of $26 million a year. Gov. Pawlenty proposed ending the subsidy in 2003, but rural legislators vehemantly opposed that idea.
Tom Crann talked with Rep. Greg Davids, a lawmaker from Preston, in SE Minnesota. He represents that district, and chairs the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives and supports continuing ethanol subsidies.5:24 p.m.
Duluth picks Sutter as first poet laureate Barton Sutter is the city of Duluth's first poet Laureate and the first official poet laureate of any Minnesota City. Sutter came to Duluth in 1987 and has won three Minnesota Book Awards for his writing about the city and the north country.6:19 p.m.
Maliki, Iraq's Incoming Prime Minister
Jawad al Maliki has been picked to be the next Iraqi prime minister. He is also the subject of recent research by David Patel, an Iraq scholar at Stanford University. Robert Siegel talks with Patel.
Three Explosions Rip Through Egyptian Resort
Egyptian authorities report that at least three explosions struck the Red Sea resort city of Dahab on Monday night. The precise number of casualties remains unknown, but officials say at least 22 people have been killed, and 150 wounded.
Jury Deliberates on Moussaoui's Sentence
The jury has begun deliberations in the death penalty trial of confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. The prosecution has argued that because Moussaoui played a role in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he should receive the death penalty.
Gauging Effects of a Death-Penalty Change
Ten years ago today, Congress passed a law called the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. It was intended to streamline the death-penalty process. Legal scholars disagree over whether it has had the desired effect.
Police Entry Case Heard in Supreme Court
The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case about police entering a home without a warrant. Through a window, police in Utah saw adults trying to restrain a young man, who then punched one of the adults. The police entered without a warrant, and the occupants were charged with misdemeanors.
Democrats' Senate Hopes May Hinge on Missouri
If Democrats are going to get close to winning control of the Senate this November, they'll need to go beyond the three targets (Santorum, Burns, Chafee) everyone talks about. Political analysts say Missouri might be a swing state this year; first-term Republican Jim Talent looks strong but not unassailable.
Whistle Blowers, the CIA and the Public
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that most government officials who leak confidential information think of themselves as true whistle-blowers. They are motivated by a desire to serve the public interest.
To Cool the Earth, Plan Would Pull a Shade
A recently announced plan to reduce the effects of global warming would send a huge glass shield into space, lining it up to deflect 2 percent of the sunlight bound for the Earth. Robert Siegel talks with Roger Angel, professor of Astronomy and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, where he started the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.