Ranchers endured a tough time during the seven-year Texas drought in the 1950s. But last year was the hottest, driest period in the record books. As the state braces for another arid summer, it is getting more serious about finding new sources of water.
The nation's oldest civil rights organization holds its annual convention in Houston this week. As in any election season, the group is putting energy into voting rights and voter turnout. But this year, the dramatically high rate of unemployment rate among African-Americans is also a key concern.
If I swipe a little sweat trickling down my leg and hold it to my nose, it smells fine. But if I take a swipe from my arm pit (or several other places I choose not to mention) it's very un-fine. Why the difference?
The heat is continuing to shatter records across the Midwest. Indiana is among the states being smothered by triple-digit temperatures and excessive heat warnings are in effect, but still many Hoosiers have to work out in the dangerous conditions. Sara Wittmeyer from member station WFIU reports on how people are coping during the heat wave and when they might see some relief.
Republican superPACs expect to rake in $800 million by Election Day, and Democratic superPACs are hundreds of millions behind. Democrats have "implicitly conceded" says Robert Draper of TheNew York Times, but that doesn't mean they can't compete.
The Pennsylvania city has slashed the pay for all its public employees — including firefighters and police — to $7.25 per hour. Mayor Chris Doherty says there isn't enough money in the bank to pay full wages.
President Obama spent the last two days on the road, campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania. NPR's Scott Horsley wraps up the president's trip and his effort to put a positive spin on the monthly job creation numbers and jobless rate.
Employers added 80,000 jobs in June, fewer than expected. It appears that hiring has slowed considerably after starting the year at a healthy clip. But as NPR's Sonari Glinton explains monthly payroll numbers aren't always reliable.
Monday, Dan Sullivan was sworn in for a second term as the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. Host Scott Simon speaks with Sullivan about his decision to take the oath of office via Skype from Honolulu, Hawaii.
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