Lawmakers in nearly every state this year have introduced measures that would restrict abortion, from cutting funding to providers to requiring waiting periods. Host Michel Martin continues today's conversation on abortion legislation with NPR National Correspondent Kathy Lohr, who has covered abortion issues for 20 years and says the current set of laws is the largest she has ever seen.
The Texas legislature recently passed a bill requiring doctors to conduct a sonogram at least 24 hours before performing an abortion. Texas State Rep. Sid Miller wrote the bill and says it will "save numerous unborn lives." Abortion rights advocates worry the law will make it tougher for women to seek abortions. Host Michel Martin discusses the legislation with Texas State Rep. Sid Miller and former Planned Parenthood board member Carol Alvarado.
In Texas yesterday, President Obama argued that America's current immigration system tolerates rule breakers and punishes rule abiders. He stressed the need for comprehensive reform. Harvard Professor Hiro Yoshikawa says four million children are born in the U.S. to undocumented parents, and these parents juggle particular hardships that hurt their children's development. Host Michel Martin speaks with Yoshikawa about his new book Immigrants Raising Citizens.
Maria Schriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger are splitting after 25 years of marriage. Oprah Winfrey's four-month-old network OWN is having a shake-up due to low ratings. The youngest Congressman is baring his abs on the cover of Men's Health Magazine. Host Michel Martin takes up such news with the 'Beauty Shop' ladies: Latina Magazine editorial director Galina Espinoza, U.S. News and World Report columnist and blogger Mary Kate Cary, and Voto Latino executive director Maria Teresa Kumar.
In a big win for federal prosecutors, a jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam on 14 counts of conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors say the financier, founder of the Galleon Group, made tens of millions of dollars in illegal stock trades using inside information gleaned from networks of corporate insiders.
Mississippi residents raced to shore up faltering levees Wednesday in hopes of holding back raging floodwaters that soaked cities upstream and are bearing down on one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the country.
In the town of Greenville, about 100 miles northwest of Jackson, officials were busy trying to patch up "sand boils," spots where the Mississippi River was undermining the levee defenses.
Linda Wright was among a crowd of people who gathered near the river's edge to get a glimpse of the rising waters that threaten their homes and farm fields.
Don't read this novel if you have teenagers. Or ever were a teenager — especially a teenage girl. It will bring back high school in raw, oozing detail, like a psychic skinned knee. The cliques, the whispers, the glossy girls, the frantic parties, the stupid drinking, the disconnected sexual encounters and, perhaps worst of all, the carnival of lost souls that is the lunchtime cafeteria. High school: a world so hostile to the outsider that even a Navy Seal might hesitate at the threshold.
An environmental group is investigating a potential chemical spill in a waterway near Jenkins, Kentucky. On Tuesday evening, Clary Estes with Headwaters Incorporated says she saw four to five feet of foam in a southeast Kentucky stream.
About 1 in 7 elderly residents of nursing homes receives a so-called atypical antipsychotic medicine, a federal audit finds, despite an increased risk of death when the medicines are used to manage dementia in older people.