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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

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  • PediatricianCandidates for governor promise health care changes
    The issue of health care is heating up in the governor's race. Two candidates have already outlined health care proposals, and another two will weigh in on the issue this week. Political observers say the issue affects many Minnesotans' pocketbooks, but it's unclear whether it will ultimately affect their votes in November.7:20 a.m.
  • Northwest and flight attendants face off in bankruptcy court today over strike threats
    Northwest Airlines has asked the bankruptcy judge for a temporary injunction to prevent its flight attendants from striking, but there is no clear rule on whether they have the right to strike since the company has imposed a cost-cutting contract on the union. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Anthony Michael Sabino J.D., Professor of Law at the Tobin College of Business at St. John's University in New York. He also practices law at Sabino & Sabino P.C., in New York and has been involved in every airline bankruptcy for the last 20 years.7:49 a.m.
  • Dean ZimmermannZimmermann admits lying to FBI about money
    Closing arguments in the Dean Zimmermann corruption trial begin Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court and the case will likely go to the jury later in the day. Testimony wrapped up in the trial Tuesday with some dramatic testimony from Zimmermann, who took the stand in his own defense.7:55 a.m.
  • Bedbug outbreaks are on the rise
    Some of us may have heard the old admonition, "Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite." But recent bedbug outbreaks in Duluth and around the nation's hotels, hospitals and college dorms have turned the nursery rhyme into words of warning. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jeff Hahn, an entomologist from the University of Minnesota.8:23 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Lieberman Loses to Lamont in Connecticut Primary
    Businessman Ned Lamont upsets Sen. Joseph Lieberman in the Democratic primary. Lieberman, a three-term senator, says he will seek to run as an independent in the November general election. The race was seen as a test of anti-war sentiment within the Democratic Party.
  • Lieberman Loss Watched for Larger Meaning
    Political observers are looking for the meaning in Sen. Joseph Lieberman's loss to political novice Ned Lamont in Connecticut's Democratic primary. Does it signal a larger anti-war movement? It was the most important of several notable races on Tuesday that may indicate trends for November's general election.
  • John McWhorter: How Welfare Went Wrong
    Writer John McWhorter says that what's gone wrong in black America demands rethinking. He suggests that black leaders excuse problems like crime and poverty, instead of solving them.
  • Yanukovych Caps Comeback as Ukraine's Leader
    In Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych has returned to power as prime minister. The opposition leader was closely identified with the former Communist regime that was ousted two years ago. Yanukovych will share power with President Viktor Yushchenko, who led Ukraine's Orange Revolution.
  • In Africa, Overcoming the Risks of Childbirth
    One out of every six children in Africa dies before the age of five. For African women, the chance of dying in childbirth is three times higher than in industrialized nations. Training caregivers and educating expectant mothers are among the solutions being tried to reverse those trends.
  • Fed Halts Rise in Key Interest Rate
    For the first time in over two years, the Federal Reserve did not raise a key interest rate. Although there was some disagreement among the board members, most believed the cooling economy invited a pause.
  • Making the Most of Your Vacation
    With the end in sight, many people want to know how to get the most from their vacation before the summer slips away. Renee Montagne talks with Jared Sandberg, "Cubicle Culture" columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
  • Israeli Government Considers Wider Lebanon War
    In Israel, the security cabinet is meeting to consider whether to send troops deeper into Lebanon. Since the fighting began four weeks ago, more than 100 Israelis have been killed in rocket attacks and ground fighting.
  • Lebanon Hosts U.S. Diplomat for Conflict Talks
    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch makes an unexpected visit to Lebanon for talks with Lebanon's government on a solution to the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. Meanwhile, Israel intensifies a ground offensive in southern Lebanon.
  • Conspiracy Theories Find a Home on the Internet
    Conspiracy theories surrounding the events of Sept. 11 are popping up on the Internet. The documentary Loose Change is an Internet sensation that explores many of these theories. Renee Montagne talks to Dylan Avery, director and narrator of Loose Change. She also talks to historian Timothy Naftali to understand what's behind the fascination with conspiracy theories.

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