Northwest Airlines attempts to speed up boarding process
With the summer travel season taking off, Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines is trying to speed things up on the ground. After boarding first-class and special-needs passengers, Northwest is now letting coach ticket-holders take their seats whenever they are ready, instead of calling seats row-by-row. The nation's fifth-largest airline estimates that the change could save five to ten minutes in boarding times for each flight. Morning Edition fill-in host Perry Finelli spoke with Tom Parsons, CEO of BestFares.com and Editor of Best Fares Discount Travel Magazine.7:20 a.m.
High Court Splits on Clean Water Act Case
The Supreme Court produces a split decision over the protection of wetlands areas. The justices decided 5-4 that regulators may have misinterpreted the federal Clean Water Act when they refused to allow two Michigan property owners to build on wetlands they own.
Interior Dept. Says Conservation Trumps Access
The Interior Department reverses a proposed policy that would have eased restrictions on snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles in national parks. A draft of the new policy stresses that when there is a conflict between preserving and using natural and historical places, conservation will remain the parks' predominant mission.
Military Officers Discuss Leadership in a War Zone
Two Marines who have served in Iraq discuss issues of leadership in day-to-day life in Iraq. Lt. Seth Moulton and Maj. Michael Zacchea both have led young and sometimes inexperienced troops into urban warfare -- and have had to make split-second decisions about whether to shoot or to hold fire as insurgents mixed with civilians.
Carolina Hurricanes Capture Stanley Cup
The Hurricanes win their first Stanley Cup by beating the Edmonton Oilers 3 to 1 in game seven of the finals. Carolina's Cam Ward stopped 22 shots and was named the most valuable player of the playoffs.
National Guard Will Return to New Orleans
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco orders 100 National Guardsmen and 60 Louisiana state troopers to New Orleans, with more guardsmen to follow in the coming weeks. The city's mayor, Ray Nagin, asked for the help to prevent criminals from spoiling the city's rebuilding effort. Five teens in a sport utility vehicle were gunned down in the Central City neighborhood last weekend.
Univision Sale Comes Amid Increased Competition
Bids are expected to top $11 billion in the sale of Univision, the dominant Spanish language media outlet in the United States. But the network's next owners will face big challenges. There is more competition than ever from newer Spanish media. To keep its dominance, Univision seeks to attract and keep, younger, bilingual Latinos.
Outlet Shopping Not Always the Bargain It Used to Be
There are about 225 outlet malls across the country. Together they comprise a $12 billion-a-year business. But outlet shopping isn't growing the way it did in the past, and the deals aren't always better than what you could find at a department store sale.
'The Economist', Jay-Z and the Cristal Brouhaha The Economist magazine recently reported that an executive from champagne seller Cristal regarded its hip-hop cachet as "unwelcome attention." The report angered rapper Jay-Z, and though the company issued a statement saying the official had never made such a comment, Jay-Z says he will no longer sell Cristal at his upscale clubs, nor will he drink it anymore himself.
U.S. Negotiator Weighs In on N. Korea Missile Plan
Steve Inskeep talks to the lead U.S. negotiator in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. Christopher Hill is the assistant secretary of state for East Asia. North Korea appears to be planning a test of a long-range ballistic missile.
Profile of Missing U.S. Soldier Tucker
A group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq claims it kidnapped two U.S. soldiers who disappeared during an attack on their checkpoint on Friday. As news about the two missing soldiers spread, their communities rallied in support. Kristian Foden-Vencil of Oregon Public Broadcasting traveled to the hometown of Pvt. First Class Thomas Tucker and has this report.