The nuclear emergency in Japan has prompted closer scrutiny of nuclear power around the globe. Yet it has not slowed interest in mining uranium near the Grand Canyon, where there are some of the richest deposits in the country. Daniel Kraker of member station KNAU reports on why that issue is divisive.
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says his company will invest $2 billion dollars to upgrade 17 plants. The company also plans to hire up to four thousand people — two thousand of whom will come from the company's pool of laid-off workers. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.
Farmers are begging for rain in western Kansas, where winter wheat — that's the kind that ends up in a loaf of bread — is nearing harvest. Drought conditions are putting a huge dent in the crop's quality and yields, and may cause some farmers to abandon their fields. Eric Durban of Harvest Public Radio report.
Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles brings together more than 1,600 high school students from all over the world to compete for more than $4 million in prizes. Renee Montagne speaks with writer Judy Dutton and competitor Taylor Wilson about this year's fair. Dutton has written a book called Science Fair Season.