Irene hit North Carolina Saturday as a category 1 hurricane. That's far less powerful than orecasters had expected, yet even so, Irene hit the area as a massive storm. NPR's Greg Allen reports that in North Carolina, Irene left hundreds of thousands of people without power and many communities flooded.
This weekend is the five-year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Forty-nine people died when the plane took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass airport. Brenna Angel of member station WUKY spoke with three victims' relatives about how they continue to cope and what a new memorial means to them.
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie on Friday announced mandatory evacuations for his state's coastal residents as Hurricane Irene approached. He said this weekend was not the time to get dinner in Atlantic City, but the Ducktown Tavern in Atlantic City is intent on staying open.
Cheating scandals have rocked a number of school districts across the country this year. The publicity is pushing states to look for better ways to detect and prevent tampering with the test results, and some say constant vigilance is required to guard against cheating.
Water sits on the streets of Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday.
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Hurricane Irene made its second landfall near Little Egg Inlet, N.J. and then as it weakened into a tropical storm, the eye hit Coney Island in Brooklyn. That means New Yorkers woke up to howling winds and pounding rain.
At one point, the East River overflowed its banks and some parts of lower Manhattan saw knee-deep water. In New Jersey, two deaths were blamed on Irene. One of them happened after a woman was washed away by a flash flood.
About 46 million people get government help in the form of food stamps when buying food. That's roughly 15 percent of the population.
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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to release its latest update on the food stamp program. It's an important indicator of the nation's economic health — and the prognosis is not good.
Food stamp use is up 70 percent over the past four years and that trend is expected to continue.
Rev. Al Sharpton will be the new host for MSNBC's 6 p.m. timeslot beginning Monday.
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This past week, the cable news network MSNBC chose civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton as their new host. Sharpton will begin hosting the network's 6 p.m. hour, starting Monday. The hiring came after weeks of speculation, while Sharpton had been guest hosting in that time slot. The decision has been about as controversial as Sharpton himself.