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PETA: Stop Marking New Year’s Eve with a Possum Drop

Brasstown, NC

Public Radio East –  While New Yorkers might like to watch a ball drop on New Year’s Eve, some North
Carolinians prefer to drop pickles, acorns, and even opossums. But George Olsen reports PETA wants to put a halt to the practice

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As GOP Candidates Crowd IA, Huntsman Trawls NH

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Pelham, NH

WBUR – With the Iowa caucuses just five days away, most of the Republican
presidential candidates were in Iowa Thursday — except for former
Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Fred Thys reports he has New Hampshire pretty much to himself
this week, and his crowds are getting bigger.

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Guantánamo Radio Walks the Line Between Base and Cuba

(Photo Credit: The National Guard)

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

WLRN – Radio Gitmo plays music all day and night, broadcasts public service announcements, and even has a call-in show. But the station also houses gift shop which makes hay of the thin line between the naval base and Cuban territory. Carol Rosenberg stopped by for some Gitmo swag.

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Solar Power in Your Home, Without the Panels

Colorado Springs, CO

KRCC – While Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine, a lot of questions still
surround the harnessing of that sun for power. Andrea Chalfin
reports it’s not uncommon to see
homes or businesses throughout the state with solar panels strapped to
roofs, but one young entrepreneur says there’s
another way to channel the power of the sun.

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Climate Change Throws a Wrench in Forecasts

San Francisco, CA

KQED/QUEST – 2011 has been a record-breaking year for extreme weather events. There
were a dozen disasters nationwide that cost more than a billion dollars,
including floods and heat waves. Both the government and insurance
companies try to plan for these events by predicting the risk. But as Lauren Sommer reports,
climate change is making that tougher.

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Private Companies Stand to Benefit from Immigration Law

Birmingham, AL

WBHM – Alabama farmers are wondering where they’ll find
workers for next year’s growing season. They say the state’s tough
immigration law has driven away much of the migrant labor they rely on.
One option is for farmers to hire foreign guest workers. And as Andrew Yeager reports, a number of private companies stand to benefit.

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NY Anti-Fracking Activists Put PA Town on the Map

Dimock, PA

StateImpact Pennsylvania – The little Pennsylvania town of Dimock has become the symbolic front
line of the fightover natural gas drilling. It’s known as
the place where people can set their tap water on fire. State regulators say that’s because drilling caused methane to leak
into water wells. Susan Phillips reports no matter which side of the drilling debate they’re
on, residents find their little hamlet can now be a tough place to live.

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In Farming State, Ag Takes a Backseat

Des Moines, IA

Harvest Public Media – Presidential politics are at full force in Iowa, as evidenced by the
wave of dueling TV ads and Republican candidate appearances at local
businesses and churches. But leading up to the state’s January 3 caucuses,
the contenders have been fairly silent on farm, food and fuel issues.  Kathleen Masterson reports that’s even with a looming farm bill yet to be written and federal
ethanol supports set to expire in several weeks.

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Town Recovers from Irene but Struggles to Modernize

Granville, VT

VPR – Granville was one of 13 communities that Tropical Storm Irene’s floodwaters
disconnected from the rest of the state in August. Since
then, the Addison County town has reconnected physically. But Kirk Carapezza reports the town still faces a gaping digital divide.

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Buffalo Market Booms

 Vermillion, SD

SDPB – It might not be the best year for stocks and bonds, but the buffalo market is booming right now.  Charles Michael Ray reports that success comes with growing pains for the industry.

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Canada Tempts College Students with Tuition Reciprocity

St. Paul, MN

It’s the time of year when many
high school students are figuring out their college plans.
A couple of schools they may not
have considered are the U of M and the U of W — no, not the University
of Minnesota or the University of Wisconsin, but the University of
Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. Tim Post reports Canadian universities are marketing themselves to Minnesota students with tuition reciprocity.

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Advocating Health Through the Gospel

photo credit: Stan Carroll

Hernando, MS

MPB – Nearly 17 years ago, a pastor at a small African-American church in
Hernando found that the traditional Delta diet of fried anything had
produced a super-sized congregation. Sandra Knispel reports he set out to change that through the gospel.

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Can Technology Breathe New Life into Old Iron?

Inkster, MI

Changing Gears – The industrial Midwest might not be the industrial Midwest if
it weren’t for the iron-rich regions of northern Minnesota and Michigan.
These iron ranges have long supplied domestic steelmakers, depleting
the highest quality ore along the way. Kate Davidson reports a plant in Minnesota is
testing a process to dramatically upgrade the low-grade ore that

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Collecting Seeds for the Future

Boise, ID

KBSX – Restore and rehabilitate – those are the goals of a national program that collects and stores thousands of plant seeds, in case they’re
needed to replenish a depleted landscape.  For more than ten years, “Seeds of Success”
has gathered more than 12-thousand types of plants.  Samantha Wright reports some of those
plants come from Idaho, thanks to one woman who works to preserve these
tiny pieces of the future.

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The Back End: Supplying Energy to Data Centers

Colorado Springs, CO

Every time you get an e-mail or upload a photo to the internet, that
digital information is stored in a place called a data center. These are
large buildings that house many powerful computers. And more and more
often, they’re being built in Colorado Springs. Wal-mart’s is the latest
one. Zachary Barr reports this growing industry comes with a few major caveats: few jobs
and sky-high electricity use.

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The Forming of a Would-Be Bomber

(Courtesy Photo/The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane, WA

KUOW – It took white supremacist Kevin Harpham a few months to collect bomb
materials. But newly unsealed documents show he was mired in the
Neo-Nazi movement for more than a decade. Harpham is the man who pleaded
guilty to planting a bomb at Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day parade
last January. A federal judge this week set a sentencing hearing for
Dec. 20. Jessica Robinson sifted through the documents and has this
timeline of a would-be bomber.

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Minorities Dealing with Public Health’s “Enemy Number One”

 Sacramento, CA

KXJZ – It is estimated that about 25 million American
adults have diabetes, a disease that is preventable in most cases.
Diabetes is hitting hardest in
communities of color, where access to health care and health choices can
be limited by income, education, and geography. While some are simply coping with the disease and
to manage its impact, others are evaluating their lifestyle choices and looking towards a healthier future. And a
few are trying to help family, friends, and neighbors
make better health decisions.

California’s African American, Native
American, Latino, and Hmong populations, a diagnosis of diabetes can have
life threatening consequences. Pauline Bartolone examines how three ethnic communities are dealing with diabetes.

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Diabetes is a common problem in Native American communities. At least
16% of American Indian adults have the disease – more than double the
rate of the overall population. Bartolone reports nearly one in three American Indians are

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Some 25 million Americans have diabetes. Tens of millions more are
at risk, including immigrants who are more likely to get the disease
the longer they’re in the US. Bartolone looks at one immigrant group in the Central
Valley devastated by the disease.

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