Gov. Rick Scott has a new focus on the "River of Grass." His promise to work on restoration is welcome news to environmentalists and other concerned with the Everglades' future. Still, many are skeptical, given the big cuts to Everglades programs during the Republican's first year in office.
At the Pentagon, bean counters are working long hours trying to figure out how to cut close to a trillion dollars from the department of defense budget over the next ten years. Part of the defense budget usually protected from budget cuts is health care and retirement benefits, but some argue those benefits are depleting the Department of Defense of funds it needs to function as a top military force.
If you've shopped at a toy store recently, you know that you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on just a few items. So why not just rent the toys instead? Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin tells us how toy rental websites work.
More than 32 tons of marijuana were found last week in an underground tunnel along the U.S.-Mexico border. It was one of the largest pot busts in U.S. history. Host Audie Cornish talks with Derek Benner, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, about the tunnel they found and the seasonal aspects of the drug trade.
If Greece, Spain, Italy or other European governments were to suddenly default on their debts, European banks could find themselves holding worthless assets and becoming insolvent. That could lead to a global financial meltdown worse than the one in 2008.
Insurgent candidate Herman Cain suspended his campaign on Saturday. As Cain has fallen back, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has emerged as the leading alternative to one-time presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney. NPR's Mara Liasson talks with host Audie Cornish about the changing political climate.
Holden Village, Wash., is a tiny town that faces big pollution problems from its long history with copper mining. The only way to clean up the mess is to almost shut it down completely for several years. As Northwest News Network's Anna King reports, the project is costly in more ways than one.
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