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Newspaper Industry, Stem Cell Funding, Labor Union Legislation

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Aired 4/20/09

In the last 10 weeks, 33 daily newspapers in the U.S. have filed for bankruptcy. Large newspapers like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , the Philadelphia Enquirer , and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune are dealing with major financial problems that could lead the papers to shut down their print operations. What impact do newspapers have on their communities? How will the possible move to online-only operations affect the news product? Is the newspaper industry doomed, or can it be saved?

Also, President Barack Obama signed an executive order earlier in the week that overturns federal funding restrictions for embryonic stem cell research. How will policy change affect San Diego's biotech community?

And, a battle is brewing over a piece of legislation that could give more power to labor unions. What are the key elements of the "Employee Free Choice Act"? Who will be the big winners and losers if the legislation is passed?

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