The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced a new rule to encourage schools to partner with nearby farms as a way to get more healthy, locally-grown fruits, veggies, and more into school lunches.
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Now to a battle over funding and wording. In this year's budget compromise, conservation funding took a hit. A rider slipped into a bill put millions of acres of land back on the table for oil and gas drilling. One of those places is South Shale Ridge in western Colorado. It's not labeled as federally-protected wilderness, but the Interior Department had floated a different term for South Shale Ridge and other areas it wants to protect: Wild Lands.
The Federal Reserve is signaling that its $600 billion Treasury bond-buying program will end in June as planned because the economy has strengthened and companies are starting to hire more.
Ending a two-day meeting Wednesday, the Fed made no changes to the program. The decision was unanimous. The bond purchases were intended to lower loan rates, encouraging spending and boost stock prices. But critics worried that the purchases would feed inflation.
President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday in an effort to quiet GOP accusations that he was not born in the United States. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Scott Horsley at the White House.
But in the Digital Age — with the insidious ease of online trackers, global positioning system devices and omnipresent security cams — privacy is becoming an increasingly rare commodity. The more rare something is, the more valuable it is. The more valuable it is, the more savvy entrepreneurs want to traffic in it — buy and sell, swap and pawn. And so we are seeing the rise of a new economy — commerce that works overtime to give the rest of us some alone time.
Transgender woman Chrissy Lee Polis brutally attacked by two teenage girls at a McDonald's restaurant outside Baltimore last week. Since then, a video of the beating has been widely circulated online and watched by hundreds of thousands of people. The attack has sparked outrage and also prompted a broader discussion around gender identity discrimination. Host Michel Martin speaks about the attack and gender identity issues with Nick Madigan, crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Also Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Doctors have given the green light for wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to travel to Florida for Friday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. Congresswoman Giffords husband, Captain Mark Kelly, is the astronaut who will be leading the Endeavour's last flight into space. Giffords has been recuperating from a wound she received, in January, when a gunman opened fire at a constituent meeting the congresswoman was holding outside of a Tuscon supermarket. Six victims died and several, including the congresswoman, were wounded.
Today, President Barack Obama released the long-form of his birth certificate proving he is a U-S citizen. Questions over the President's citizenship have provided fuel for his critics giving rise to the so-called birther movement. Recently, a doctored photo raised questions about President Obama's citizenship. It also drew fire as being racist.