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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Merger partners?Delta pilots tell company no deal with Northwest
    It's looking more like a long-expected merger of Northwest and Delta airlines may never get off the ground. The union for Delta's pilots is saying it sees little prospect for finding a way to combine pilot seniority lists for the two airlines. And that may be a deal breaker for the merger.6:25 a.m.
  • University would be out of reachKeeping watch over educational endowments
    Educational endowments in Minnesota have been growing at a healthy rate at the same time tuition prices have been growing.7:20 a.m.
  • Pep talkFuture of BSU hockey rides on bonding bill
    The city of Bemidji and Bemidji State University are asking the state to help pay for a regional events center and hockey arena. BSU officials say the future of the university's hockey program rides on a successful outcome.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Bridging Gaps Between Baghdad, Provinces
    In addition to combating insurgents, the U.S. general in charge of northern Iraq says his troops are working to train Iraqi police forces and to build trust between Baghdad and the provinces. But even moving money and spending it are challenges.
  • Is the Fed Doing Enough to Help Sagging Economy?
    The Federal Reserve swooped in quickly to prevent Wall Street titan Bear Stearns from going bust and triggering a panic on Wall Street. It's not a bailout in the sense of a taxpayer rescue of a corporation. But it is part of a more activist approach to the credit crisis by both the Fed and the Bush administration's economic team.
  • Obama Speaks in Philadelphia as Race Debate Flares
    The issue of race has been present throughout the contest for the Democratic nomination, and it's bubbling to the surface as the comments of Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, have come under scrutiny. Today in Philadelphia, Obama will give a key speech in which he's expected to address the comments.
  • Humanlike 'Hobbit' Fossils Puzzle Scientists
    The little people of Flores, Indonesia, continue to puzzle scientists and provoke debate. The latest analysis suggests that the tiny humanlike people whose bones were found in a cave five years ago are ancient human ancestors. However, not everyone is entirely convinced of the link.
  • Stem-Cell Therapy in China Draws Foreign Patients
    Patients are traveling to China to receive experimental stem-cell treatments not offered in the United States. One company claims it has restored vision to blind children, raising controversy in both China and the U.S.
  • Delta-Northwest Merger Talks Stall
    Merger talks between Delta and Northwest — the nation's third and fifth largest airlines — could be over. Executives at the two airlines had hoped that their pilots would agree on labor issues before proceeding with a deal.
  • Ex-Qwest CEO's Insider-Trading Conviction Rejected
    Joseph Nacchio, the former CEO of Qwest Communications, had his conviction on insider trading overturned Monday. A federal appeals court ordered a new trial, saying the judge in the original trial improperly excluded a witness who would have testified on Naccio's behalf.
  • Credit Crunch Snares Biofuel Industry
    Biodiesel is caught in the middle of two tough financial developments — the credit crisis and high commodity prices. Both are helping to make biodiesel more expensive than regular diesel. What do the high prices mean for the industry?
  • Mussolini's Spyder 'Not a Classic Dictator's Car'
    Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's 1935 Pescara Spyder — which might have used alternative, alcohol-based fuel — just fetched about $1 million at auction. That's a record for the model, but less than many expected it to sell for.
  • Investors Eye Wall Street for Other Signs of Trouble
    Analysts on Wall Street fear that another big investment bank could be teetering on the edge of disaster. Investors this week will watch closely the earnings of major banks and look for any signs that aggressive moves by the Federal Reserve are bringing stability back to credit markets.

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