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Ethical Hackers Gather to Tackle Cyber Terror Threats

Miami, FL

WLRN – The Hacker Halted conference recently came to a close in a Hilton hotel in downtown Miami. With so many hackers in one place, the conference took special measures to protect the hotel’s wireless network — and that’s for a conference about ethical hacking. Reporter Kenny Malone were there to take a closer look at the hacker landscape

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Business Bullies Local Government to Avoid Taxes

Bloomington, IN

WFIU -Printpack, a packaging company with a plant in Bloomington, is seeking a 10-year tax abatement from the county. A 10-year abatement for the business is coming to an end and Printpack’s executives are threatening to leave town if the company is not offered more economic incentives.

Regan McCarthy has this two part story.

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The 30-Second Elevator Pitch

Dallas, TX

KERA – People looking for work in this economy need to be ready for an opportunity, even when it presents itself in an unusual situation. Enter the 30-second elevator pitch.

Bill Zeeble explains what it is and why it’s an indispensable part of a jobseekers arsenal.

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Prairies, Wetlands Disappear in the Midwest

Fergus Falls, MN and Chicago, IL

Minnesota Public Radio – State and federal officials are using science to help target areas for wetland restoration as part of the state’s 50-year plan to add 2 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the state; however, even though Minnesota is spending millions to bring back wetlands, the state is still losing more than it restores.

Dan Gunderson reports.

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WBEZ – For thousands of years, the area now known as Illinois was home to some 20 million acres of prairie. Native grasses and wildflowers thrived until the railroads were built and a man named John Deere developed a new kind of plow. Now, just a small fraction of prairie is left in the Prairie State. But the science of conserving the plants native to Illinois and the Midwest got a boost this week: a new research center north of Chicago is using science to save the prairie.

Lea Coon has the story.

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Re-evaluating Field Trips for Criminally Insane Inmates

Spokane, WA

NWPR – Washington state officials are re-evaluating a policy that allows mentally ill criminals to take field trips. That review is underway after Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip Paul walked off from a group of mentally ill patients visiting a Spokane fair this month. Authorities tracked him down in south central Washington three days later. No one was hurt, but the policy’s in serious doubt.

Doug Nadvornick reports.

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Texas Social Studies Standards Under Review

Amarillo, TX

A six-person panel of educators and writers is reviewing teaching standards in Texas. This year, standards for teaching social studies-including United States history-are under review. The debate includes how much attention should be given to figures such as Cesar Chavez, Anne Hutchinson and Thurgood Marshall.

Mark Haslett reports.

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St. Paul Looks to Facebook to Fill Vacant Properties

St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Public Radio – Though the Twin Cities housing market shows signs of strengthening, foreclosed and abandoned homes still dot many neighborhoods. Some some area residents are hoping Facebook could be the answer to filling empty houses.

Rupa Shenoy reports.

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Replacing City’s Moldering Pipes a Giant Task

Baltimore, MD

WYPR – From Baltimore to Cumberland, from the Washington suburbs to Cambridge, sewer system operators are under state and federal orders to stop the spills that have damaged Chesapeake Bay tributaries over the years. But the costs are overwhelming.

Joel McCord looks at how those operators are coping.

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Southland Mexican Identity in Flux

Los Angeles, CA

KPCC – It’s Mexican Independence Day and millions of native Mexicans in the Southland will mark the day with toasts and cultural events. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the size of the Mexican community complicates questions of identity.

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A Shift in Mountaintop Removal Policy

Appalachia, WV

The Obama Administration says it has serious concerns with dozens of pending permits for mountaintop removal mines in Appalachia.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency released a list of permits which it says poses environmental problems and don’t comply with the Clean Water Act.

Erica Peterson reports.

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Anticipating the End of Ash Trees

Columbus, OH

WOSU – The recent discovery of the emerald ash borer in two more counties means 60 percent of Ohio is now infected with the deadly insect. As the tree-killing rampage of the beetle continues, central Ohio volunteers are quietly taking part in a national endeavor to preserve ash trees for future generations.

Christina Morgan repots.

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Drought? Give Clouds a Boost

Bernie Falls, CA

KQED – Three years into a statewide drought, Californians are ready for some rain. That includes utilities, whose hydropower production depends on runoff from the mountains. Now, Pacific Gas & Electric is reviving a tactic it hasn’t tried in three decades: cloud-seeding.

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WV Supreme Court considers Massey v. Caperton – Again

Charleston, WV

West Virginia Public Broadcasting – In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 8 ruling that Chief Justice Brent Benjamin should have stepped down from the case.

Donald L. Blankenship, president and chief executive officer of Massey, spent more than $3 million of his own money in a successful effort in the November 2004 election campaign to help defeat then-Justice Warren McGraw and elect Benjamin to the state Supreme Court.

Benjamin voted in favor of Massey in two critical 3-2 rulings – in November 2007 and April 2008 – that overturned an August 2002 Boone County verdict against the energy company. At the time, the verdict was worth $50 million. This time, the court is hearing the case without Chief Justice Brent Benjamin.

Erica Peterson reports.

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Health Clinic Dedicated to Janitors Sees Results

Houston, TX

KUHF – Five months after it opened, a health clinic devoted entirely to the care of local office janitors has seen remarkable results in getting medically under-served workers into the doctor’s office more often. As Jack Williams reports, the end result has been healthier workers, lower medical costs and fewer trips to the emergency room.

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New Research on Concussions Changes High School Sports

Westport, CT

WSHU – High school sports are underway, and that means sports injuries. One injury getting increased scrutiny is concussions. People in the world of high school athletics are trying to keep up with growing research on how to define and manage injuries to the brain.

Alison Freeland has the story.

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New Confusion over the Meaning of the Word “Publish”

Charlottesville, VA

WMRA – What does it mean to publish these days? Will print outlets consider work that’s been on the Internet? When, exactly, does publication take place?

Martha Woodroof tried to figure it out.

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Senior Teachers Unhappy with Interview-Based Hiring

Providence, RI

WRNI – Providence teachers are unhappy with a new interview-based hiring system, which the district implemented in six schools over the summer. Elisabeth Harrison has more on the growing controversy.

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