4.30.2009

Dairy Farms Feeling the Pinch

Fresno, CA

The California Report, 4.30.09. Milk these days is selling for far less than it costs to produce. But it’s not so easy for dairy cows to adjust production to meet demand, and the market is expected to be weak for the next few months. But a special program may give some farmers a way out.

Sasha Khokha reports.

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New Technique Would Inject Life into the Salmon Indusry

Coos Bay, OR

NWPR, 4.29.09. A coalition of Klamath River area fishermen, farmers, and county officials is hoping a new salmon enhancement technique can help revive precarious salmon runs.

Tom Banse has the story.

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Texas Bill To Allow Concealed Guns At College Gains Traction

Austin, TX

KUHF, 4.28.09. College students with concealed handgun licenses could soon be able to carry their weapons onto public university campuses in Texas. Under bills in both the state house and senate, public college campuses would no longer be off-limits for concealed-carry license holders.

Predictably, those bills are creating some robust debate, as Jack Williams reports.

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4.29.2009

Oklahoma Bypasses Rodgers and Hammerstein, Chooses the Flaming Lips

Oklahoma City, OK

KOSU, 4.29.09. The state of Oklahoma finally has an official rock song. “Do You Realize?” by the Flaming Lips was made the official rock song with the signing of an executive order by Governor Brad Henry.

Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross has the story.

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4.28.2009

Pork Producers Scramble to Reassure Customers

Worthington, MN

Minnesota Public Radio, 4.28.09. Pork producers are scrambling to convince consumers that their product is safe to eat. The public relations campaign is meant to counter bad news from the growing number of swine flu cases.

Hog prices fell sharply yesterday as the flu scare threatens an already struggling industry.

Mark Steil has the story.

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4.27.2009

You Have the Right to an Attorney, But What About the Quality?

New York, NY

WNYC, 4.27.09. Everyone, no matter how poor, has a right to a quality lawyer. But overwhelming caseloads for public defenders in New York and other cities have made it nearly impossible to provide quality representation for people who can’t afford lawyers.

Ailsa Chang spent the day with a public defender to find out how the workload can affect the kind of representation some people get.

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4.26.2009

Oiled Otter Aids Research

Santa Cruz, CA

KAZU, 4.09. An otter found covered in oil and near death on the Monterey Bay has helped researchers make a breakthrough. They’re now better prepared to save otters after a disaster, like the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Krista Almanzan reports.

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4.25.2009

Wisconsin Town Grapples with Revenue Surplus

Paris, WI

WUWM, 4.24.09. As the economy limps along, municipalities across the country are slashing budgets and feeling around for extra revenue. But Paris, Wisconsin, population 1,500 has a different problem. It is trying to decide what, if anything, it should about the $21 million it has tucked away in savings.

Erin Toner has the story.

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4.23.2009

Land Before the Lakes

Murray, KY

WKMS, 4.17.09. Land Between the Lakes, or LBL is a popular vacation and recreation spot located about 90 miles north of Nashville. But buried in the forests of LBL and below the surface of the lakes are vestiges of the towns and villages that existed before the Tennessee Valley Authority took over the land.

Casey Northcutt introduces us to former citizens and their stories in her series, “Land Before the Lakes.”

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Food Auction Popularity On the Rise

St. Leonard, MD

WYPR, 4.22.09. Auctions are probably the last place you think of when it comes to buying life’s necessities. So, it comes as no surprise that many auction houses are struggling in these tough economic times to sell things that most people consider to be luxury items. But there is one type of auction that has been growing in popularity.

Sarah Richards files this report.

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New Community Theater Defies Abysmal Economy

Clare, MI

WCMU.org, 3.12.09. We hear a lot lately about businesses and organizations losing jobs and losing money. Now smack-dab in the middle of the mitten, a small community theater is launching. They’re hoping to bring money into their cash-strapped city and just as importantly they say, bring in some culture too.

Amy Robinson reports.

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4.22.2009

With Catfish Industry Diminished, H.S. Dropouts Cost State

Belzoni, MS

MPBonline.org, 4.21.09. Students who dropout of school in Mississippi cost the state about $458 million dollars annually, according to the State Department of Education. That includes health care costs, lost taxes and lost wages.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Lawayne Childrey reveals a few of the economic challenges facing the town of Belzoni in Humphreys County.

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To Mo. Resident, the Electric Car is Old Hat

Rolla, MO

KMST.org, 4.6.09. Norman Cox doesn’t worry about gas prices anymore. He got that out of his system not long after the oil embargo of the 1970’s.

Lance Feyh has the story.

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Hospital Copes with Influx of Uninsured

Kansas City, MO

KCUR.org, 3.23.09. Hospitals and clinics that treat the uninsured are busy places. But Truman Medical Center – the area’s private non-profit hospital – is one such facility that’s finding itself in an increasingly strained position.

John Bluford is the president there, and says about a third of Truman’s budget last fiscal year went toward treating patients who couldn’t pay. He says the situation is getting worse and it means the hospital is now having to take extra steps to keep itself afloat.

KCUR’s Elana Gordon has more.

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An Artistic Twist on Telemarketing

Omaha, NE

NETNebraska.org, 4.11.09. Everyone knows the frustration of those unwanted telephone sales calls. But what if instead of a sales pitch, you heard an inspirational quote?

Robyn Wisch reports on a new, artistic twist on telemarketing.

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4.21.2009

Two Views of Pittsburgh’s Housing Market

Part 1: The Pittsburgh area is often referred to as a bright spot in a disheartening national real estate market. DUQ’s Larkin Page-Jacobs reports on some of the reasons the region has been able to avoid the worst of the housing market bust.

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Part 2: Though the local housing market is faring better than many others, the mortgage crisis and poor economy are hitting some homeowners hard. DUQ’s Larkin Page-Jacobs takes a closer look at the downside of the region’s real estate market.

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