Hundreds of state lawmakers and business leaders are gathering in the Phoenix area today for a policy summit. The American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, invites private sector representatives to present model legislation. But as Devin Browne from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, critics say this is lobbying, and should be more transparent.
Like most sunbelt cities, the growth model in Las Vegas. Nevada was to expand out, creating sprawling suburbs and quiet gated communities.
In Part Three of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series Beyond Sprawl, reporter Jude Joffe-Block takes us to a trendsetting local online shoe and clothing company. Zappos thinks an urban setting would be better fit for his employees and its industry in general.
Researchers and ranchers are studying whether cattle grazing could significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in rugged areas of the southwest. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, firefighters had the toughest time fighting recent record-setting fires in steep terrain where dry grasses and other fuels had built up.
Tired of waiting in line at the supermarket during this holiday season? Well, there may be some food you can harvest right out your back door. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle introduces us to some native foods that are making a comeback in the southwest.
Pigs will probably fly in the Southwest before home builders stop building new homes here, but the types of homes people will need in the next 20 years might look very different. We’re staying single longer, we’re having fewer children, we’re paying more for gas and utilities -- is it time to re-think the all-American SUBURB?
In part two of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series, Beyond Sprawl, Devin Browne reports on an Arizona State University project to redesign a cul de sac for the future.
The Federal Reserve joined other major central banks Wednesday in a coordinated effort to shore up the global financial system. The move comes at a time when credit is becoming tighter, especially in Europe, because of doubts about the health of big banks.
Elvis Costello's box set includes three CD's, a vinyl record and a coffee table book. To get all this, however, you are asked to pay $225. Costello seems to be shocked. On a website, he declares, "we are unable to recommend this lovely item as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."
And this week marks 10 years since Enron declared bankruptcy. At the time, 4,000 employees at the company's headquarters in Houston were given 30 minutes to clean out their desks and leave the building.
Andrew Schneider, of member station KUHF, sent us this report on how Enron employees and the city have coped with the company's demise.
ANDREW SCHNEIDER, BYLINE: In Houston, many of the physical signs of Enron's presence remain, even if the name and tilted E logo are long gone.
And today's last word in business is lost luxury. Maybach cars are in a rarified niche market called ultra-luxury, for those for whom luxury is not enough. Maybach, the historic brand now owned by Daimler, is made for customers who can pay $400,000 for a car, and who appreciate touches like back seats that recline - back seats, that is - laser-engraved motifs in the armrest and black lacquer trim. Rappers like Kanye and Jay-Z have immortalized the car in their rhymes.
Michael Jackson's personal physician has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the pop icon's death in 2009. Because of overcrowding in California's state prisons, Murray will serve his sentence in a downtown jail.
AT&T may have suffered another setback to its proposed $39 billion merger with rival wireless company T-Mobile. The FCC on Tuesday released a detailed analysis of its reasons for opposing the deal, contrary to AT&T's wishes.
The British government continues investigating the phone-hacking scandal at newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. More than a dozen journalists and editors have been arrested, top police and media executives have lost their jobs and an official ethics investigation may challenge the whole idea that the British press can regulate itself. And then, a former features editor for one of Murdoch's papers stole the show at a government hearing yesterday.
And let's follow-up now on yesterday's news that American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It's part of an effort to cut debt and reduce labor costs. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports on what a post-bankruptcy American Airlines might look like.
SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: During the economic downturn, American Airlines already pared down its work force. Analysts don't think there will be massive layoffs this time.
AARON GELLMAN: Many elements of labor are going to pay a terrible price for this.
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It is not uncommon for outstanding athletes to succeed in later life, but it is rare for teammates, literally playing side by side, both to be in the spotlight almost half a century later.
But such is the case with two old boys from Syracuse, who were roommates as freshmen, went on to become the starting backcourt, saw their lives diverge after college — and now, at an age when most men have retired, are facing two very different but very painful challenges in the professions they've chosen, in the places they love.
In Iran on Tuesday, students and other protesters stormed the British Embassy in the capital Tehran, smashing windows, throwing firebombs and burning the British flag. The crowd had gathered at the embassy to protest new severe economic sanctions imposed by Britain, cutting off all banking with Iran. Renee Montagne talks with Washington Post reporter Thomas Erdbrink, who is in Tehran.
NPR's business news starts with American Airlines filing for bankruptcy.
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INSKEEP: Let's find out why the parent company of the giant airline sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. One of the corporate press releases does not offer too much help - not even using the word bankruptcy. Instead, headlined: American Airlines Begins Legal Process in United States to Improve Competitiveness.
NPR's Chris Arnold is covering this story. Chris, what does that actually mean?
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It's never too late to settle a score. Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca are former Canadian Football League stars. They supposedly haven't liked each other since competing in 1963.
Last week, the 73-year-olds were honored at a lunch. Kapp offered a flower as a peace gesture. Mosca rejected it, and lashed out with his cane. Kapp advanced with his fists.
The short animated film Hungry Hobos created by a young Walt Disney starred a rabbit. It was one of about 26 cartoons featuring Oswald the rabbit. Hungry Hobos screened in 1928 but sat on the shelf for decades. It will be sold at auction.
In New York, yesterday, a federal judge rejected a settlement of a fraud case involving Citigroup. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which brought charges against the bank, had agreed to the $285 million deal. But Judge Jed Rakoff said he didn't believe the settlement was in the public interest. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
The housing crisis has stalled home building but apartment construction is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. There's now a huge pool of people forced to rent because they can't afford to buy a home, or they were a victim of foreclosure. In Denver, there aren't enough apartment vacancies.
The long running NBC comedy series The Office is about a group of workers employed by fictitious paper company Dunder Mifflin. The Wall Street Journal reports that an office supply website called Quill.com has struck a licensing agreement with NBC to sell copy paper using the fictitious brand name.
According to the latest Census, the wealthiest Americans saw huge jumps in their income, while the rest had their incomes go down. For a deeper understanding of the wealth gap, Steve Inskeep talks to Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, and Matthew Yglesias, who writes about economics for the website Slate.com.
Peaceful voting in Egypt has given the country's stock market a boost. Cairo's market was closed on Monday when the landmark elections started. When trading opened Tuesday, the benchmark stock index surged more than 5 percent.
Home builders have long made a living expanding the edges of Southwestern cities. But look around these days, and you’ll find construction projects that have come screeching to a halt. Home prices and new-home construction are a fraction of what they once were. After an historic housing crisis, a new Fronteras Changing America Desk series asks: is it time to reconsider the way we’ve built the Southwest?
We begin the series, Beyond Sprawl, in Phoenix. Peter O’Dowd reports on a new kind of subdivision, the zombie subdivision .
Scientists at White Sands National Monument are studying hundreds of rare mammalian footprints that date back to the Ice Age. The impressions were discovered this summer by a pair of college students during a science internship.
From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the prints are providing clues about the what the southwest region was like before the last great extinction.
Flocks of geese, cranes and ducks aren't likely to find a warm welcome in the drought stricken sanctuaries of Texas. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that may be good news for bird watchers in New Mexico.