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Unexpected Environmentalists Cropping Up Down South

Birmingham, AL

WBHM – When Forbes Magazine ranked states by their “greenness” the usual suspects topped the list – Vermont, Oregon, and Washington-all progressive states known for their environmental movements. Seven out of the ten “least green” states were in the south, the land of coal mines and timber plots.

But as Tanya Ott reports there’s a growing environmental movement down south and some of its members might surprise you.

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Reducing Emissions and Turning a Profit with Manure

Circleville, OH

Ohio River Radio Consortium – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently promised international leaders it would reduce greenhouse gases emitted from large dairy herds. To keep that promise, many dairy farms will have to cover their manure lagoons. One farmer hopes to convert greenhouse gases to money in his pocket.

Tom Borgerding reports.

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Bringing Fresh Produce to Poor Communities

South Central Los Angeles, CA

The California Report – When First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off her campaign against childhood obesity last week, she made a point of saying it’s a problem that disproportionately affects black and Latino kids. Part of the problem is that in many inner city neighborhoods, it’s very hard to find grocery stores selling fresh, healthy produce.

Youth Radio’s King Anyi Howell visited a farmers market in South Central Los Angeles that’s struggling to stay afloat in the urban sea of fast food chains and liquor marts.


Handguns Now Legal in National Parks

Estes Park, CO

KUNC – A new law goes into effect today that allows concealed and open carry of handguns in national parks. Depending on what side of the gun debate you’re on, it’s a change that will either greatly benefit or deteriorate the park experience.

Grace Hood recently traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park to find out what the impact might be.

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Lawmakers Scrutinize Taxpayer Money Paid for Protected Trees

Olympia, WA

KPLU- For more than a decade, Washington state has paid small forest landowners for trees they’re not allowed to cut down. Last year that program was suspended amid allegations that some of the landowners who cashed-in didn’t deserve the money. Now the state and forest owners are clashing over how to reform the program and restore funding.

Austin Jenkins begins the story in Lewis County in Southwest Washington.

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ESPN Lives in Connecticut. Who Knew?

Bristol, CT

WSHU – ESPN started as a cable TV network in 1979 and has moved into radio, the Internet, video games, events and merchandise. It broadcasts on seven continents in 16 languages. And it’s all headquartered in Bristol Connecticut, population 60,000, southwest of Hartford. Alison Freeland has a look at one of Connecticut’s most famous businesses that many don’t even realize is in the state.


In Slumping Economy: Rethinking College

Providence, RI

WRNI – Concerns about jobs and the recession are changing the way students and their families are thinking about college. In tough economic times, students are thinking differently about the value of a college degree – and focusing more on what kind of job and salary it can deliver after graduation.

Elisabeth Harrison visited campuses in Rhode Island to see how they are responding to these concerns.


Black Farmers Demand Delayed Compensation

Charlotte, NC

WFAE – Black farmers are holding rallies across the South – they’re calling on the U.S. Government to “pay up.” More than 10 years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture admitted to decades of discrimination against black farmers. The USDA promised to compensate the farmers, but more than 70,000 have to yet to see a penny.

Julie Rose reports.

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Coffee Farmers Build a Dream at the Border

Agua Prieta, Mexico

KJZZ – In southern Mexico, there is a small village nestled near the slopes of a 13-thousand foot volcano; it is a community that depends on the coffee trade for its survival. And in recent years men who once immigrated illegally to the U.S. have come home to grow coffee beans. Those beans are roasted at Cafe Justo in Agua Prieta and shipped across the border.

Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez traveled to Mexico and has this report.

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Iconic 747 Airplane Gets a Makeover

Everett, WA

KUOW – Boeing is celebrating the first flight of the newest version of its iconic 747. The 747-8 freighter recently took off from Paine Field in Everett and completed about four hours of flight tests. The “Dash 8” is the biggest commercial airplane ever built by Boeing.

Deborah Wang reports.

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Three Cities Race to Supply Hospitals

Nashville, TN

WPLN – Nashville is locked in a three-way race with Cleveland and New York City to build the country’s first medical mart. The med mart would consolidate the shopping experience for medical equipment under one really big roof. With it, cities hope to gain a healthy slice of the $88 billion medical device industry.

Blake Farmer reports on what has become a med mart derby.

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More Computers ≠ Less Paper

Canton, NY

NCPR – When the computer-age took off many people assumed we would use a lot less paper. But that has not happened. Julie Grant reports on why environmentalists are so concerned about all the paper we are still using in our offices and homes.

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Job Prospects Bleak for Returning Vets

Sparta, WI

WPR – Young soldiers back from Iraq and Afghanistan face a new battle back home: finding work in a sagging economy. Many veterans say they would settle for any job.

Kirk Carapezza reports.

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It’s Not Easy Being a Green Museum

Boston, MA

WBUR – A rare convergence is happening in Boston. Right now, three major art museums are undergoing major expansion projects. And all of them – the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Harvard Art Museum – are going “green.” But not without trepidation.

Andrea Shea has more.

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Oil, Economics and the French Fry

Honolulu, HI

HPR – Not every french fry is created equal. A University of Hawaii study found that economics determines the type of oil restaurants use to fry their potatoes. And as Ben Markus reports, that may have implications for your health.

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Putting a New Spin on Advertising

Oakland, CA

KQED – In the age of pop-up ads and sales pitches texted to your cell phone, cardboard signs held on sidewalks by human hands seem like a throw back to a bygone era. And yet, changes are afoot in the world of sign holders.

Scott Pham has the story.

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