Updated at 2:23 pm — CBS News reports that some journalists are worried that Sarah Palin's East Coast bus tour is creating a dangerous situation on the highways by not telling the news media beforehand about its planned stops.
Instead, journalists are having to trail her small motorcade bus from stop to stop. The response from Palin and her aides to journalists is, in a paraphrase, "tough."
Battered by the recession, many states have found they can no longer cover unemployment insurance funds. Some states are cutting the number of weeks a laid-off worker can expect to receive benefits. NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Rick Nivison, who is currently receiving unemployment benefits, talk about the cuts to the benefits. Nivison lives in Michigan, which recently cut the number of weeks someone can claim state unemployment insurance from 26 to 20 weeks.
Prices for single-family homes have fallen to their lowest level since the housing bubble burst in 2006. The latest S&P/Case-Shiller index for March shows prices dropping in 18 out of 20 major metro areas. The nationwide index fell for the eighth straight month. A glut of foreclosures is a major reason home values continue to deteriorate.