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.
President Obama is trying to jumpstart the debate on overhauling the immigration system. He gave a speech on the U.S.-Mexican border Tuesday — laying out his principles and arguing that fixing the system would give a boost to the economy. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.
And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.
There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.