By Lester Holt, NBC News Anchor
Good day from New York. It's great to be back after a week off enjoying the ski slopes of Utah. I'm one of those once-a-year skiers who never quite mastered the sport, so I'm always happy to be back without any broken bones.
Watching the headlines of the last several days I should also feel lucky the airline we flew remained in business. Three other airlines this week declared bankruptcy and ceased flying. All of them cite the soaring price of jet fuel as a major factor. Tonight, NBC's Mike Taibbi will look at what is happening to the airline industry and the economy in general, against the backdrop of new and higher unemployment numbers.
There are big cleanups underway in parts of the South today following a series of nasty spring storms yesterday. Kerry Sanders is working that story for us.
One of the big headlines next week will be the testimony of America's top military commanders in Iraq before Congress. The U.S. goal is to prepare Iraqi forces to shoulder more and more of the burden in Iraq, and so the performance of Iraqi units during the recent crack down on militias in Basra is sure to come up. Already, though, details of the operation are beginning to surface. NBC's Ned Colt will have more on Nightly News tonight.
Back at home, many Americans who have fought in the war are now fighting a tough job market as they re-enter civilian life. NBC's Peter Alexander recently attended a job fair in California and will tell us more about the special challenges being faced by military veterans who are looking for work.
Thanks for checking the blog. I'll see you tonight on Nightly News.