Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:08 pm
The student victims of the Connecticut school shooting rampage that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in December have been granted an unprecedented one-time waiver on taking standardized tests.
An Albuquerque, N.M.-based watchdog group is dismissing a plan to move some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico as a "bad, old idea that's been uniformly rejected on a bipartisan basis" in the past.
Don Hancock of Southwest Research and Information says the transfer to the massive repository — called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant — near Carlsbad, N.M., is illegal.
The Department of Energy revealed the plan on Wednesday as part of an effort to deal with leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:19 pm
China's citizens do not report as much as $2.34 trillion of what they make every year, hiding "gray income" that would represent nearly 20 percent of the country's GDP, Chinese economics scholar Wang Xiaolu says, in a report from the news site Global Voices.
Sat. 3/9th 2:00 p: "La Catrina Quartet”will perform live to celebrate with RAÍCES their 2012 Latin Grammy for their work on the album “Brasileiro, works of Mignone” by Cuarto Latinoamericano. The award-winning CD, on the Sono Lumnius label, won for Best Classical Recording, with the ensemble collaborating on Francisco Mignone’s “Seresta for double quartet.” They were hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as wonderful ambassadors of music.
Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:38 am
Before The Two-Way launched in May 2009, a smart decision was made: We would sit with, and work closely with, the producers, editors and anchors on the NPR Newscast Desk. It made sense to put the hosts of a breaking news blog with the team that gets breaking news on the air. The Newscast team has helped us in countless ways.
The Two-Way lost a dear friend Thursday, someone who brought her sharp mind and editing skills to NPR's newscasts and always gave us good guidance. She also had a wickedly funny sense of humor that made it fun to come to work.
Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:13 pm
Rising consumer demand for local foods has changed the job description for ranchers like Doniga Markegard.
Markegard, co-owner of Markegard Family Grass-Fed in San Gregorio, Calif., loves working with cattle, but she's not fond of the hours of phone calls and emails it can take to sell directly to a customer.
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, many small colleges say they're making a big push to diversify, but what happens when those diverse students and faculty actually show up? We'll talk about that in just a few minutes. But first we want to talk about some of the financial struggles that cities and towns have been having over the last few years.
Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:49 am
Update at 1:31 p.m. ET. Larger Images, Mobile Oriented:
Facebook announced today that it was overhauling its "news feed." This is significant on two fronts: First, this is truly the first big makeover for the feature since its inception. Second, its users — some 1 billion worldwide — are known to be very touchy about changes.
Reuters said the new news feed is "visually richer" and "mobile device-oriented." It means the feed will look the same on your computer as it does on your mobile device.