Feds talk with local officials about PFC contamination Federal environment and health officials made their first public visit to Minnesota to talk about their response to perfluorinated chemical contamination in the state and elsewhere in the U.S. PFCs have been found in drinking water supplies in more than a half dozen Twin Cities suburbs near former 3M dump sites.6:51 a.m.
The travelers' take on the new NWA Northwest Airlines emerges from bankruptcy Thursday. The airline has slashed labor and other costs, shed huge amounts of debt, and launched a fleet upgrade that will cost billions of dollars. Northwest says it'll be a better airline. Travelers hope so.7:20 a.m.
Assessing Northwest Customers, workers, management and investors are among those who have been affected by Northwest's bankruptcy, and as the airline emerges from bankruptcy, they're all also tied to its future.7:25 a.m.
Pawlenty vetoes tax bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty has vetoed a bill providing
aid to local governments, business tax breaks and a financial
guarantee for the 2008 Republican National Convention.7:49 a.m.
Modest gains for early childhood this session The 2007 session didn't achieve the ambitious goals set by early childhood advocates before the session, but lawmakers did boost funding for programs that prepare children for school.7:54 a.m.
Kids and art The city is crawling with opportunities for kids to participate in the arts. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola explains how arts and kids intersect.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Suicide at Guantanamo Bay
A Saudi prisoner at the U.S. Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has apparently committed suicide. Three other suicides at the prison for terrorism suspects are still under investigation from last year.
Concern Grows over Terrorism in Morocco
A series of suicide bombings in the north African nation of Morocco, including one outside the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca, has authorities on edge. They worry that severe poverty and the growing strength of Islamic political parties is breeding terrorism.
NASA Chief Questions Urgency of Global Warming
NASA administrator Michael Griffin defends the space agency's programs, including plans for a permanent moon base and manned missions to Mars. He also says that the agency has no authorization to "take actions to affect climate change in either one way or another."
TB Traveler Exposes Diagnosis Problems
The Georgia man who flew to Europe while infected with a dangerous form of tuberculosis reveals a fundamental problem in controlling the disease. It takes doctors weeks, sometimes longer, before they are able to conclusively diagnose suspected TB.
Teen Smoking Rates at a Standstill
A celebrated decline in teen smoking in the late '90s and early 2000s seems to be over. Surveys of middle- and high-schoolers show that the decline has decelerated considerably, and some say the change is due to fewer anti-smoking ad campaigns.
Effectiveness of Anti-Smoking Ads Questioned
Big Tobacco's public service ads aimed at steering kids away from smoking could be having the opposite effect, according to a recent study by The American Journal of Public Health. So what sort of ad would work?
Northwest Exits Bankruptcy
Northwest Airlines is the last of the top five U.S. carriers to shed billions of dollars of debt and exit bankruptcy. To get back into the black, Northwest had to slash pay and benefits for its 30,000 workers. Flight attendants and pilots rallied Wednesday against the airline in Minneapolis, saying executives are profiting on their 40 percent pay cuts.
S&P 500 Hits Record
Although the Dow has set many records this year, the Standard & Poor's 500, considered a better measure of market health, finished at a record high Wednesday for the first time in seven years. Stock prices increased after a Federal Reserve report that was upbeat on the economy.
Insider Trading Cases on the Rise
The Securities and Exchange Commission says insider trading is on the rise. Insider trading occurs when someone who has information that's not available to the general public trades on that information to make a profit. Some market watchers are comparing the current period to the 1980's, another period of Wall Street excess.
CNBC Investigates Contest for Cheating
The financial news network CNBC announced it is investigating illicit trading in its own contest, called the "CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge." The CNBC contest had 375,000 entrants, or so-called aspiring moguls. They each got a fictional trading account and $1 million CNBC bucks. It seems some of them were tempted to cheat — even with fake money. The grand prize: $1 million.