Utah is fighting to take control of thousands of roads that run through federal land in the state. The people who live near the roads say they need them to get around and to enjoy nature. But environmentalists argue those roads are nothing but dirt tracks that lead to nowhere.
As part of the NPR Cities Project we'll be hearing "City Life Snapshots" from time to time, sent to us by independent producers from Localore projects around the country. In this edition, we meet Archie Johnson, a bus driver for AC Transit in Oakland.
Headlines and commentators are zeroing in on part of a South Carolina woman's sentence for drunk driving. That misses the eight years in jail she's set to serve and that it was her choice whether to read the book of Job and write a report about it.
Many towns, counties and cities are canceling fireworks celebrations or banning personal use of fireworks. But the show is set to go on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Want to get in a patriotic mood? Check the PBS video from 2007.
Illinois' pension gap is estimated at $83 billion — and it costs $12.6 million more every day the state does nothing to address the crisis. The state can't readily come up with the money, and while politicians say they want to help, they're unlikely to act during an election year.
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