Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif., has been teaching students how to adapt to life with an animal at their side since World War II.
The training process lasts about a month, and recently, about half-dozen blind students were preparing for their second class. Some are here for the first time and have to learn everything from scratch, like how to put on that harness. The school serves about 300 people a year.
The nation's abortion wars, simmering but largely quiet in recent years, have begun boiling again.
Nowhere has the battle been more pitched than in Kansas, where the Legislature this session passed four anti-abortion measures and attempted to adopt strict new licensing rules that this week came within hours of closing down the state's last abortion provider.
The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has riveted France. His arrest sparked a national debate about the treatment of women and the role of the media. It also upended French politics, as prior to his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was seen as a potential challenger in next year's presidential election. Host Scott Simon speaks to Le Monde Senior Editor Sylvie Kauffmann about how the French are reacting to the latest developments in the case.
The troubles that hit the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn this week may find a place in history books. As presiding judge Michael Obus put it mildly in court Friday, "I understand that the circumstances surrounding this case, from the viewpoint of the parties, have changed substantially."
With full agreement from prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, a man who spent weeks under house arrest walked out of the courthouse Friday with a smile, his arm slung around the shoulders of his wife.
It's day two of a state government shutdown in Minnesota. The Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers can't agree on a new budget. Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio reports the impasse is a mere inconvenience for many Minnesotans, but it's causing real financial pain for others.
A handful of states are set to enact tough immigration laws, similar to Arizona's controversial legislation. In Georgia, a crackdown on illegal immigrants has resulted in a severe shortage of farm labor. Host Scott Simon talks with Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council.
The tiny European principality of Monaco was the scene of much international attention on Friday. The country's ruler, Prince Albert II, married a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, Charlene Wittstock. Host Scott Simon gets a report on the nuptials from Eleanor Beardsley in Monaco.
New Hampshire has long been the place to buy fireworks in northern New England. People from Maine and other states have driven to the state border to stock up on fireworks that they couldn't legally buy at home. But fireworks sales will soon be legal in Maine, and perhaps in Massachusetts as well. Josh Rogers reports that New Hampshire pyrotechnics vendors are not happy about it.