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Cultural Differences Impede Dementia Care

Phoenix, AZ

KJZZ – Health workers say the elderly who live on the state’s Indian reservations often lack the knowledge and access to care that are necessary to slow the effects of dementia. Now there’s an effort underway to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in under served areas.

Peter O’Dowd reports.

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Economy Hinders, Redirects Hispanic Businesses

Charlotte, NC

WFAE – Since the mid 1990s, the Latino population has exploded in the mid-Atlantic. In North Carolina, the Hispanic population more than doubled between 2000 and 2008 to 684,000. With the growth comes a host of goods and services targeted at Hispanics. The Charlotte region has also felt the effects of that growth as businesses have cropped up to serve the population. But there’s nothing like a recession to slow things down a little and bring a shift.

Simone Orendain reports.

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Mortgage Crisis Hurts Those that Can Afford to Pay

Yellow Springs, OH

WYSO – The home foreclosure rate in the Miami Valley continues to rise. And it’s likely to get worse. We know the mortgage crisis is affecting those who got in over their heads. But it also turns out the sheer volume of foreclosures is affecting even those who can make their monthly payments. Emily McCord explains the connection.

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Cattle Rustling is Back

Tulsa, OK

KWGS – Agriculture officials say cattle rustling is rising in Oklahoma and they blame the economy and the ease with which cattle can be stolen and sold. The Oklahoma Agriculture Department says twice the number of cattle have been reported stolen so far this year than from all of last year.

John Durkee reports.

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Warning Labels on Hot Dogs? One Health Group Says Yes

Waco, TX

KWBU – Hot dogs are a staple of summer, but one organization says they and other processed meats should be avoided because of their link to cancer.

Derek Smith has the story.

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Nation’s Oldest Mint Farm Fights Foreclosure

St. Johns, MI

WKAR – The Crosby Mint Farm near St. Johns bills itself as the oldest continuously operating mint farm in the country. It first planted roots back in 1912. Jim Crosby and his sister Linette are preparing for the farm’s 98th harvest – and they’re fighting to keep it from becoming their last. The farm is in foreclosure, and the siblings are trying to sell enough mint oil to stave off an auction.

The Crosbys say they’ll weather this storm and they’re planning a project they believe will ensure their long term future. But as Kevin Lavery reports, diversifying the family farm can be a tough row to hoe.

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No Such Thing as a “Free” Event

Boston, MA

WBUR – The price is right for people who’ve had to slash their entertainment budget during this recession. But, few things in life are truly free. Andrea Shea reports on the challenges facing organizations that produce free entertainment during this economic downturn.

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A Single Wing Starts Quest for Mystery Bird

Monroe, CT

WSHU – To many, bird watching may seem like a quiet hobby involving a walk in the woods with a pair of binoculars. But for some, it can turn into a real adventure. Craig LeMoult reports on an international treasure hunt for a very mysterious bird.

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Kiss-In Demonstration Staged in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT

KUER – For the second consecutive weekend, about 100 people gathered to stage a “kiss-in” in downtown Salt Lake City. Not just anywhere downtown . the plaza next to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s temple.

Jenny Brundin reports.

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Big Bill Comes Due: Public Employee Retirement Benenfits

Sacramento, CA

The California Report – California officials haven’t quite figured a way out of our current budget mess. But already, the next big budget buster is on the horizon. It’s the system of retirement benefits guaranteed to public sector employees.

Rob Schmitz reports.

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Domestic Abuse Among Elderly a Hidden Problem

Rochester, MN

Minnesota Public Radio – We’ve heard of children and caregivers physically exploiting seniors, but it turns out that abuse between partners and spouses is also substantial and a largely hidden problem. Advocates say society’s understanding of the problem is where domestic and child abuse was 35 years ago.

As Elizabeth Stawicki reports, abuse doesn’t necessarily end as people age.

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U.S. Claims to Tighten Northern Border Security

Pittsburg, NH

NHPR – The U.S. border with Canada is the longest undefended border in the world. And it has a reputation for being easy to get across.

As Shannon Mullen reports, security is getting a little tighter, but you wouldn’t know it by heading into the back woods in Pittsburg.

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“Work Share” Program Tries to Keep Employees on the Payroll

Belcamp, MD

WYPR – It’s a bean counter’s dilemma: how to trim a payroll without laying people off. The state of Maryland has a solution. It’s a program called “Work Share.” Enrolled companies can trim workers hours by up to 50-percent. The state makes up some of the lost wages with unemployment benefits.

Cathy Duchamp has this profile of a Belcamp Maryland company using Work Share to ride out the recession.

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On-Site Clinics on the Rise as Companies Look to Cut Health Care Costs

Milwaukee, WI

Health care is one of industry’s biggest of expenditures and in a growing trend around the country, many companies are cutting costs by maintaining their own clinics.

Erin Toner reports on one company that’s benefiting from this new approach to health care.

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Classical Music Enters the Bar Scene

Chicago, IL

WBEZ – A recent study finds the audience for classical music is shrinking and aging. The National Endowment for the Arts says the number of people at performances has dropped nearly a third since the early 1980s. Some young musicians say the problem is that too many people think classical music is stodgy or even elitist. They’re out to win new listeners by performing for free in unexpected places.

Lynette Kalsnes reports.

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Recipe of a Tank: A Close Look at Liquid Radioactive Waste

Richland, WA

Northwest News Network – At the Hanford Reservation in south-central Washington, 53-million gallons of radioactive waste sits in underground tanks – enough to fill 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

This year, President Obama’s federal stimulus package includes $2 billion to speed up the pace of cleanup at Hanford. But getting rid of nuclear waste is incredibly complicated.

Anna King uses a series of food analogies to examine the complexities of just one of those tanks of waste: It’s called C-110.

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Farm Stands Entice Kids, Families with Food Stamps

Sacramento, CA

KXJZ – A new program is bringing fruits and vegetables closer to families. In fact, farm stands are setting up near daycare centers. And these stands accept food stamps.

Kelley Weiss has the story.

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New Device Helps the Blind “See” through the Tongue

Pittsburgh, PA

WDUQ – For a long time blinded veterans and civilians have had few tools for coping with their impairment, and a large number of them choose not to venture outside at all.

But Larkin Page-Jacobs reports that emerging technology could help make a difference in the way blind people live.

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Day Care Subsidies on the Chopping Block

Franklin Park, IL

WBEZ – With a record deficit and no concrete budget, a number of state departments are bracing for deep cuts. That’s left many people worried. Among them are those who’ve come to depend on state subsidies for child care.

Linda Lutton begins the story at a daycare home in suburban Franklin Park.

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