February 13, 1997
An index of the day's stories
- Barbara Bradley reports on the announcement by American Airlines
that it's canceling most international flights which had been scheduled to
depart tomorrow night. The union representing American pilots is threatening
to strike at 12:01 am Saturday, if agreement is not reached on a new
- Brian Naylor reports that supporters of Congressional term limits again
have failed to muster enough votes for a Constitutional amendment. Of 11 bills
voted on yesterday, only one even received a simple majority, let alone the
two-thirds majority needed to amend the Constitution. (4:20)
- Don Gonyea reports on efforts by the Food and Drug
Administration to explain to retailers the FDA's tough new rule on
cigarette sales to minors. FDA officials are holding public meetings around
the country for retailers who sell tobacco products. The new regulation takes
affect February 28th and requires store clerks to check picture identification
for anyone under 27 buying cigarettes. The legal age for purchase remains 18.
- John Nielsen reports that EPA Administrator Carol Browner is
defending the Clinton administration's controversial proposal to strengthen
air quality standards for ozone and tiny particles of soot and dust. Browner
testified before a Senate committee yesterday, insisting that the new
restrictions would help prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths and
countless asthma attacks. (3:40)
- Ted Clark reports on meetings starting today in Washington,
between President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
They're expected to focus on restarting Israeli peace talks with Syria, which
have been deadlocked for a year over the issue of the Golan Heights. President
Clinton wants broader peace between Arabs and Israelis...he plans to host
talks with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and the PLO in the coming weeks.
- Eric Westervelt reports on the deadlocked battle to merge with
train giant Conrail. Two competing companies have offered bids to take over
Conrail and its virtual freight monopoly in the northeast. The industry says
the merger would increase competition, leading to lower shipping costs, lower
grocery prices... and with less trucks on the road, an easier commute. (6:10)
- Bob Edwards reads letters from listeners. (2:30)
- Bob Edwards talks with film maker Ken Burns about his new
documentary on Thomas Jefferson. It will run on PBS stations next week.
- Steve Inskeep reports that Vice-President Al Gore's Commission on
Aviation released its final recommendations yesterday on improving the safety
and the economics of air travel. (5:00)
- Christopher Joyce reports on a new study in the New England Journal of
Medicine concerning cellular phones and automobile accidents. Researchers found
that drivers talking on a mobile phone quadrupled their risk of an accident.
- Dean Olsher reports author and journalist John Sack will NOT
give a controversial lecture at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington
today. Sack was set to speak about his research on Jews' revenge against the
Germans after World War 2, as detailed in his book An Eye for an Eye.
The book provoked enraged debate when it was published in 1993.
- Brenda Wilson reports on a study in today's New England Journal
of Medicine which finds that black patients with serious heart disease are
less likely to undergo heart bypass surgery, than white patients with similar
symptoms. The study says that fact may explain the higher death rate from heart
disease among black patients. (3:40)
- Julie McCarthy reports trouble is brewing in the Far East after
Taiwan planned to pay North Korea to store low-level nuclear waste outraging