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Friday, August 18, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Northwest flight attendants allowed to strike
    Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines could begin unannounced, targeted strikes as early as next week. Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper ruled that a strike would be legal even though the airline is in bankruptcy. Northwest says it will will appeal the ruling in U.S. District Court today. Fill-in host Perry Finelli spoke with University of Chicago Law School bankruptcy professor Douglas Baird, who predicted that the decision would go in favor of the flight attendants.7:20 a.m.
  • Presidental SuiteAttracting guests from overseas
    Middle Eastern tourism is starting to show signs of a rebound in Rochester. That, and a growing number of American "health tourists" has prompted the Kahler Hotel to open the city's first five-star facility.7:25 a.m.
  • Still strikingA year after mechanics went on strike, a trail of contradictions
    It's been a year since 4,000 Northwest mechanics and cleaners declared a strike. They still haven't declared an end to their walkout, even though their jobs have been filled by replacement workers.7:50 a.m.
  • Minneapolis humanitarian group aids victims of Middle East violence
    The Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee (ARC) is working to help people displaced by violence in Lebanon, Israel, and other areas in the Middle East. The ARC sent a humanitarian relief team to the region about two weeks ago and members will be returning Saturday. Fill-in host Perry Finelli spoke with Huy Pham the ARC's Director of International Operations.8:19 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Government Plans Appeal of Wiretapping Ruling
    The Bush administration plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the government's warrantless wiretapping program violates the constitution. The judge ordered that the program be stopped, but both sides in the suit have agreed the program can continue pending the outcome of the appeal.
  • Assessing Hezbollah's Post-Conflict Power
    Ambassador Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs, sizes up Hezbollah's current military power. Burns also discusses how the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has affected Iran's position in the region.
  • Questions Surround Confession in Ramsey Case
    A teacher named John Mark Karr says he was responsible for the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. Now in Thai custody, Karr is expected to be returned to the U.S. for further investigation. Colorado authorites have been guarded in their comments about Karr's arrest.
  • A Magician's Quest for the Perfect Card Cheat
    Dai Vernon was among the most influential magicians of the 20th century, but one trick continued to elude him. His quest to learn its secret led him from one sleazy dive to another. The answer finally came in a little white house in Missouri.
  • Palestinian Government Paralyzed by Arrests
    The Palestinian government has almost ground to a halt after the jailing of six Palestinian Cabinet members and a large number of parliamentarians by Israel. They were arrested days after militant groups in Gaza captured an Israeli soldier.
  • Are New Orleans Residents Leapfrogging Planners?
    Some people have decided to move back into neighborhoods wiped out by Hurricane Katrina regardless of whether New Orleans is ready or willing to provide them with services.
  • 'Factotum' a Satisfying Blend of Sensibilities
    Factotum is a delicate melding of a trio of different sensibilities you wouldn't think would naturally cohere. It gracefully combines the bleak world of the despairing poet and novelist Charles Bukowski with the droll point of view of Norwegian director Bent Hamer.
  • College Students Spend Their Way Back to School
    Many retailers look forward to the end of August and a surge in spending from students heading back to school. Stores used to focus on elementary, middle and high school students. But not any more. It's college students who spend the most.
  • IRS Looks at Taxing Academy Awards Swag
    The Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on the entertainment industry's practice of showering celebrities with freebies. Actors and directors nominated for an Academy Award can receive gifts worth more than $100,000 from adoring companies. The IRS thinks such gifts, knows as swag, ought to be treated as income and taxed.
  • France Commits 200 New Troops to Lebanon Force
    France, a force behind the U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Lebanon, says it will send only 200 extra troops right now to police the peace. Observers had expected France to send about 2,000 troops to police the Israel-Lebanon border.

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