With days getting longer, soon we can expect to see tiny blossoms popping up all over the place. If we are lucky, and the Spring Thaw lasts, many of those flowers sprouting on trees will bear fruit. Late last Summer KUNM's Rita Daniels spent some time with an Albuquerque entrepreneur who's made her career harvesting the abundance from the central Rio Grande Valley.
With the possibility of sequestration two weeks away, the Indian Health Services says they could be facing large cuts to program funding. Those cuts could be disastrous for the Indian Health Service which is already dealing with a massively underfunded budget.
Beginning March 1st, the U.S. Treasury will stop issuing federal checks, like Disability or Social Security, forcing many beneficiaries to use a government issued debit card. However that change will allow some people without bank accounts to still receive checks.
Critics of the federal government’s move to make payments electronically instead of through paper checks say rural residents could be most impacted by the change.
In one of the eight stories in Karen Russell's new collection, a group of dead presidents has been reincarnated as horses. Rutherford B. Hayes, a skewbald pinto, frantically licks the palm of a girl in a secret code that he's worked out, revealing his true identity and asking her to alert the authorities. "Ha-ha!" the girl laughs. "That tickles."
I know, you're probably thinking: "Dead presidents reincarnated as horses? Oh, come on, Meg, that sounds like the plot of so many short stories."
For nearly a month, school bus drivers and aides have been on strike in New York City. They're fighting for job protections. The strikes has left thousands of children without yellow bus service. And while many are able to take public transit to school, students with disabilities who rely on door-to-door bus service have had a harder time. Yasmeen Khan from member station WNYC reports on how families are scrambling to get their kids to and from school.
YASMEEN KHAN, BYLINE: At least the Noris-Weitzman family has a car.