Northwest could emerge from bankrupcy as tough airline competitor
Fill-in Morning Edition host Perry Finelli spoke with Mike Boyd about Northwest Airlines' potential. Boyd is the President of the Boyd Group, a Colorado-based aviation consulting and research firm.6:54 a.m.
BWCA fire consumes more than 23 square miles
The largest and fastest growing wildfire in decades is burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and is about a mile away from the evacuation "trigger point" for the end of the Gunflint Trail. The Cavity Lake Fire has grown to more than 23 square miles, closing several portages and entry points into the BWCA. Fill-in Morning Edition host Perry Finelli spoke with Dave Seaton, owner of Hungry Jack Canoe Outfitters in Grand Marais, who is also a volunteer firefighter with the Gunflint Fire Department.7:20 a.m.
Dry conditions hit some crops hard Minnesota crops suffered more damage last week as hot, mostly dry conditions dominated the weather. The weekly crop report says corn has been especially hard hit.7:24 a.m.
Entenza draws challenger for attorney general nomination State Rep. Matt Entenza has a DFL primary opponent for attorney general. Jennifer Mattson, a 29-year-old St. Paul attorney, says she's challenging Entenza because she's concerned that his campaign will harm the DFL ticket this fall.7:50 a.m.
U.S. Senate expected to pass embryonic stem cell research bill today
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on legislation expanding embryonic stem cell research. The measure is expected to pass with the votes of several Republican members, despite a veto threat from President Bush. The University of Minnesota currently conducts research into adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Fill-in Morning Edition host Perry Finelli spoke with Dr. Walter Low, Professor of Neurosurgery and member of the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Research Institute.8:24 a.m.
South Beirut Suffers Under Israeli Barrage
Israeli warplanes pound a Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut, killing two-dozen people, in the seventh day of Israeli air attacks. More than 200 Lebanese have been killed in the bombing campaign. The bombing is a response to Hezbollah missile attacks on Israel from Lebanon, and the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers.
Syria Provides Refuge for Lebanon Evacuees
Although some foreigners are escaping Lebanon by boat, many people have been forced to evacuate over land into Syria. Damascus has opened its borders -- waiving visa fees and relaxing strict border controls. The evacuees are traveling by bus, taxi, truck -- even on foot.
Searching for Strategies to Help the Homeless
There are about 2.5 million homeless people in America. One in ten will be on the streets for years, possibly decades. Renee Montagne speaks with Darren Walker, of the Rockefeller Foundation, about strategies to help the homeless.
No Easy Answers for Boston's Troubled Big Dig
The tunnels of Boston's Big Dig highway system remain closed more than a week after a woman was killed when a ceiling panel fell. The closures have caused major traffic problems. State transportation officials are struggling to solve the tunnel system's problems. Shannon Mullen of member station WBUR reports.
Army Tries to Build High-Tech Soldiers
The first battalion-wide tests of the Army's "Land Warrior" system are taking place at Ft. Lewis, Wash. This multibillion-dollar project outfits soldiers with 17 pounds of computer gear.
Rescuers Search for Indonesia Tsunami Victims
Searchers are still looking for victims of a tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Java on Monday, killing more than 300 people. There was no warning, despite efforts across the region to establish a tsunami warning system. John Ydstie speaks to Nate Cooper of the American Red Cross.
History Professor Refuses to Leave Haifa
Amatzia Baram, a professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa in Israel, talks with Renee Montagne about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. He says he does not plan to evacuate, despite Hezbollah attacks on Haifa.
Journalism Professor Takes Family out of Beirut
Ramez Maluf, a professor of journalism at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, talks with John Ydstie about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, and his decision to leave Beirut.
Mideast Conflict Adds to Worry of U.S. Economic Trouble
The U.S. economy has resisted being pulled down by high oil prices. But the Mideast conflict could change that. John Ydstie talks with The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel about how higher interest rates, wary consumers, and a shaky financial market are creating worries of recession.