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Laws Don’t Protect Kids from Homophobic Harassment

Birmingham, AL

WBHM – Experts say that the use of homophobic slurs in schools is on the rise. Two 11-year-old kids recently committed suicide after being bullied with anti-gay taunts. And though a new law requires the Alabama Department of Education to come up with a policy prohibiting harassment, that new policy isn’t likely to mention sexual orientation.

Gigi Douban reports.

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Winter Olympic Hopefuls Train on the Slopes, in June

Mt. Hood, OR

Northwest Public Radio Network – There’s one ski area in the U.S. where racers and snowboarders can train on real snow year-round. Correspondent Tom Banse found the U.S. National Team, including local Olympic hopefuls, on Oregon’s Mount Hood.

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Green Crime on the Rise

Colorado Springs, CO

KRCC – Solar panels are expensive and increasingly in demand, and many communities are learning of their solar array’s value the hard way.

Conrad Wilson reports on one of the newest types of crime.

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Rethinking Dams

Grants Pass, OR

Jefferson Public Radio – After two decades of conflict, crews are finally jackhammering the Savage Rapids Dam into oblivion. The southern Oregon dam on the Rogue River doesn’t even produce electricity. Yet, removing it proved complicated and controversial. Efforts to return other rivers to free-flowing channels are getting more attention across the Northwest and in Congress. But what happened with the Savage Rapids Dam gives some indication of how difficult it can be to rip out these engineering feats of the last century.

Jessica Robinson has this story

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San Francisco Takes Recycling to the Next Level

San Francisco, CA

The California Report – Recycling and working to cut down the amount of garbage going to landfills has become official policy throughout California. But a new law in San Francisco requires residents and businesses to compost food scraps. It’s part of the city’s ambitious attempt to cut its waste stream to zero over the next decade.

Caitlin Carroll has the story.

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Mules in Grand Canyon Up for Debate

Grand Canyon, AZ

KNAU – Grand Canyon officials are deciding whether to change the mule ride program at the park. While mules are a historical icon, hikers complain about their impact on the trails.

Laurel Morales has the story.

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Interactive Program for those with Alzheimer’s Helps them Remember

Normal, IL

WGLT – People with Alzheimer’s Disease struggle not only with ebbing memories, but also with the loss of their own personalities. But the disease also impairs their social interaction, an important component of day-to-day life.

But Charlie Schlenker reports that a program offered to people with Alzheimer’s by one county museum helps them find their voice.

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Utah Counting on Census for another Seat in the House

Salt Lake City, UT

KUER – Many Utahns felt they were cheated out of a new seat in Congress after the 2000 Census. They’re hoping that won’t happen again this time around.

But Tanya Snyder reports that counting Utah’s population can be tricky.

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More Parents Dipping into Kids’ College Tuition Savings

Houston, TX

KUHF – A survey commissioned by the nation’s largest direct bank shows an increasing number of parents are tapping into their children’s college savings funds.

Laurie Johnson has more.

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Big Cotton Out, Bamboo In

Jackson, MS

MPB – Community leaders are hoping a fiber other than cotton will bring jobs to the Mississippi Delta.

Cari Gervin has the details on what could be the state’s newest cash crop – bamboo.

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Laundry Day Re-Imagined

Pittsburgh, PA

WDUQ – An installation at the Three Rivers Arts festival is re-imagining laundry day as an interactive, community experience. It’s an exhibit called “Running Through the Sheets” which invites kids to scrub, rinse and dry laundry using old-fashioned washing tools.

Larkin Page-Jacobs has the story.

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In “Food Deserts” Nutrition Hard to Come By

Nashville, TN

WPLN – In three Nashville neighborhoods putting decent food on the table is a constant struggle. The areas, known as “food deserts,” are filled with junk food and not much else. Predictably, residents who live in these neighborhoods are suffering from poor health. But Anne Marshall reports there’s a new effort to fight these food deserts.
(Image: A small grocery store in North Nashville that shut down years ago.)

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Beer Spurs Activism

Tuscaloosa, AL

WAPR – The so-called “Free The Hops” bill raises the legal alcohol content in beer sold in Alabama and makes available a much wider variety of ales, lagers and stouts. But the bill’s success may be doing much more than that.

Brett Tannehill reports…

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Barter Economy on the Rise

Boston, MA

WBUR – The cashless economy is making a comeback during this economic slump. People and businesses are bartering everything from piano lessons, plumbing, and accounting to dining-room sets and produce.

Andrea Shea reports.

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Drug Traffickers Finding Unexpected Sources for Distribution

Little Rock, AR

KUAR – Law enforcement in Arkansas has for years fought drug traffickers who use the state’s busy interstate highways. But now police have the new challenge of Mexican trafficking organizations, and some smugglers who don’t fit the typical profile.

Kelly MacNeil takes a closer look at the latest challenge.

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Study: TV Reduces Interaction between Babies and Parents

Seattle, WA

KUOW – More time in front of the television means less time communicating. That’s according to a two year study from the Seattle Children’s Institute that examined the effects of television watching on infants. Researchers found that babies that watched television appeared to know fewer words.

Ruby DeLuna has the story.

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NE – Electrocution Hold Out Authorizes Lethal Injection

Lincoln, NE

NETRadio – The Legislature passed and the governor signed a bill authorizing executions by lethal injections. But it may be years before the first such execution is carried out.

Fred Knapp reports.

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