The Salt
6:10 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

States are taking an out provided by Congress to avoid cutting food stamp benefits to families, many of whom already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
Antonio Mena Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:41 pm

When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. But it's not going to happen.

You see, Congress left states an opening to avoid the cuts. And so far, nearly half of the states participating have decided to take that option — a move that could erase the promised savings.

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Around the Nation
5:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets

Potholes on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive, one of which is about half-a-car-length long and at least a foot deep. The city of Chicago says it has filled an estimated 240,000 potholes this winter, 100,000 more than last winter, at a cost of more than $2.8 million.
David Schaper NPR

Bitter cold has returned to parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast, following another heavy snowstorm that left 1 to 2 feet of snow from Ohio to New England.

And when all this snow finally melts, it'll expose the physical toll of this brutal winter: potholes, broken water mains, collapsed catch basins and other infrastructure problems.

"This winter's crazy, crazy busy," says John Polishak, a foreman for the Chicago Department of Water Management. "Everybody's been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week. It's exhausting."

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Takes White House To Task Over Privacy

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote conference as part of the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:34 pm

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg published an open letter on Thursday in which he takes the White House to task over "the behavior of the U.S. government."

While he does not say so explicitly, Zuckerberg is clearly referring to the reports of widespread surveillance undertaken by the National Security Agency.

Zuckerberg, 29, who has built the world's most successful social network, writes that the Internet works because companies like Facebook strive to make it secure. He adds:

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Campaigns in Rhinelander
5:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Westlund Says Duffy Talks One Way Here, Votes The Other

Kelly Westlund(D-Ashland)
Credit Westlund For Congress

  The Democrat challenging Congressman Sean Duffy says what Duffy says in the district and how he votes are two different things. Kelly Westlund of Ashland appeared Thursday for a breakfast meeting in Rhinelander...  

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Conference call with reporters
5:04 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Sen. Johnson Heading To Ukraine This Weekend

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson(R-Wi.)
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

  Republican Ron Johnson has joined fellow U.S. Senator Democrat Tammy Baldwin in calling for more forest management in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In a conference call with reporters Thursday,  Johnson says the impacts of below-limit cutting is affecting the northern economy... 

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Environment
4:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades

Drilling companies have new interest in southern Florida's Big Cypress preserve. The prospect of large-scale operations and possibly fracking worries environmentalists and residents.
Sue Cocking MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:35 pm

As oil production goes, Florida isn't much of a player. The state produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil Texas pumps from its wells each day.

That's about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.

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Two juveniles detained
4:49 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Six Persons Arrested In Forest Co. For Att. Homicide

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

  Six persons... four adults and two juveniles, have been arrested for the attempted murder of an unidentifed person.   The Forest County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant Wednesday in the town of Wabeno. They arrested 45 year old Raymond Jones. He will likely face 1st degree attempted homicide charges, along with 8 other charges including strangulation and suffocation. Also charged as party to the same offenses were 38 year old April Jones, 21 year old Justine A. Bey, and 18 year old Samantha B.S. McClellan.

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History
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Farewell To Carrot Cake (And Other Things Lost Without World War I)

As one listener points out, we might not have carrot cake today if Germans weren't forced to bake with ersatz materials during World War I. This little girl might have had to settle for chocolate instead.
Fox Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 2:18 pm

This is the conclusion to an All Things Considered series that imagines a counterfactual history of World War I.

This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. What started as a beef between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia unleashed a clash that brought in Russia, Italy, France, Germany, England and eventually the United States.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries

Julie Ball at a newly renovated computer lab at Shute Park Branch Library in Hillsboro, Oregon. The new lab is set to open on Saturday.
Benjamin Brink The Oregonian/Landov

You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project, you'd be wrong.

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Code Switch
4:27 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Attractor Of Animosity Arthur Chu Leaves 'Jeopardy!' (For Now)

Jeopardy! contestant Arthur Chu was defeated on Wednesday's episode after amassing nearly $300,000.
Jeopardy Productions, Inc. AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:51 pm

Eleven wins and nearly $300,000 later, Arthur Chu was defeated on Jeopardy! Wednesday night. He was "brain-fogged" after the marathon taping, he tells Here & Now, but he wishes his competitor Diana Peloquin well.

During his reign, Chu faced a barrage of vitriol from fans of the show. Some critics called out his game theory strategy, others got personal.

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