Small town pharmacies struggle The owners of small town drugstore are having a hard time staying in business in many towns across the region. One problem is that they are paid too little for the prescriptions they fill.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Antarctica's March of the Tourists
An unprecedented 40,000 people will visit Antarctica this year. For many, reaching the icy continent represents a great personal achievement — but waves of tourists could potentially do more damage there than climate change.
Obama Still Stumps on 2002 Anti-War Declaration
In 2002, when Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) was a state senator, he spoke at a rally protesting the impending Iraq war. Though it drew little fanfare then, his speech has become a campaign cornerstone.
Three Writers Are Drawn by the Allure of Comics
Comic books — or, in more highbrow parlance, graphic novelizations — are nudging their way onto the shelves of bookstores and the pages of literary magazines. And writers such as Joss Whedon and Jodi Picoult are trying their hand at the genre.
Clinton Calls for More Aid for Struggling Homeowners
Housing prices remain in a slump as the subprime mortgage crisis continues to stifle the economy. Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has endorsed a plan that encourages restructuring of home loans in danger of default, but now she's calling for a more aggressive plan wherein the government would step in to buy at-risk mortgages.
Fed's Moves Make Markets 'A Little Happier'
The Federal Reserve last week made drastic moves to try to rebuild confidence in the troubled U.S. financial system. David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal says the stock market was "a little happier" after the Fed's actions. But, he says, "It's not good news yet; it's just an absence of bad news."
High Court Hears Cases of U.S. Citizens Held in Iraq
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears arguments on whether American citizens held by U.S. forces in Iraq may be turned over to Iraqi courts without recourse in U.S. courts. Two Americans are being held by the military in Iraq. They are accused of aiding terrorists.
Alabama Touts Path to Appalachian Trail in Georgia
If tourism officials in Alabama had their way, the southern end of the Maine-to Georgia Appalachian Trail would be in their state. Their hopes are bound up in a natural path that connects the famous trail where it now officially ends in Georgia to the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama.
VA Chaplain Grapples with the Toll of War
The Iraq war has reportedly claimed at least 4,000 U.S. lives. Commentator Thomas Phillips knows firsthand about that number. The Veterans Affairs chaplain is notified whenever a member of the U.S. armed forces is killed. He wishes for the day when notifications naming the dead will stop appearing on his computer screen.
FCC Is Last Hurdle for Sirius-XM Merger
The merger between XM and Sirius Satellite Radio is now in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission. That's the last hurdle now that the Justice Department approved the $5 billion deal Monday.
Ex-Countrywide Chief Forms Mortgage Buyout Firm
The former head of troubled mortgage lender Countrywide hopes to cash in on the mortgage crisis with a new venture. Stanford Kurland is heading up a company called PennyMac, which buys and restructures distressed mortgages.