Morning Edition for February 7, 2012
Feb 7, 2012 — A tax proposal on the table in Massachusetts could discourage sugar consumption a bit by making sugary foods more expensive. But outside Massachusetts, surveys show that a majority of taxpayers oppose the idea of a "sin tax" on soda and candy.
Feb 7, 2012 — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo chronicles the hardscrabble lives of some of Mumbai's poorest — and most inventive — people in her first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
Feb 7, 2012 — Financial writer Philip Coggan traces the current global financial crisis to the 1970s, when the U.S. broke its last link to gold. In his book Paper Promises, Coggan says governments will have to choose whether to keep their promises to their creditors or to their citizens.
Feb 7, 2012 — China's Vice President Xi Jinping is coming to America. Next week, he'll meet with President Obama at the White House. He'll lead a trade delegation to California. And he'll also make a stop in Muscatine, Iowa. Xi visited the town (population 22,886) in the 1980s, as part of an agricultural mission.
Feb 7, 2012 — Mexico is facing one of its worst droughts in decades. Government officials say more than half of Mexico's 31 states are affected, and in some areas farmers haven't been able to harvest crops for two years in a row. Mexico's federal government is pledging more than $2 billion to help.
Feb 7, 2012 — As the Legislature begins its regular session Tuesday, one of the big issues lawmakers will take up is the state's immigration law — considered the nation's toughest crackdown on illegal immigrants. Business leaders are driving efforts to modify the law now that some say it could cost the state $11 billion.
Feb 7, 2012 — Tired of tuition increases within the cash-strapped University of California system, a group of students has suggested eliminating tuition entirely. Instead, they propose that graduates pay the system a percentage of their income over the subsequent 20 years.
Feb 7, 2012 — Kanye West's sole nomination in a major category for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy comes in the songwriting category.