Arts & Life

2:59pm

Fri August 31, 2012
The Salt

Battle Over Michigan's New Swine Rules Goes Hog Wild

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:33 pm

A Russian sow on Mark Baker's farm. Four other parties have joined Baker's lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Courtesy of Long Haul Productions

It's estimated that as many as 3,000 wild pigs are on the loose in Michigan. Nationwide, they cause more than $1.8 billion in damage to farms each year. So recently, the state's Department of Natural Resources put Russian boar on the state's invasive species list.

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10:45am

Fri August 31, 2012
The Salt

Farmers Use YouTube To Share Devastating Impacts Of Drought

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:29 am

A YouTube user who goes by Katzcradul posted this image of a parched gulch on her drought-stricken land in Missouri on the site.
YouTube

1:24am

Fri August 31, 2012
Author Interviews

Against The Odds, A 'Miracle Boy Grows Up'

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:48 am

Ben Mattlin has defied expectations for his entire life — starting with being alive at all. Mattlin has a condition called spinal muscular atrophy, and many infants born with it don't live past age 2. But Mattlin grew up to be one of the first students using a wheelchair to attend Harvard. He married, had a family and is now the author of a new memoir, Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity.

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10:47pm

Thu August 30, 2012
StoryCorps

A Veteran Cop Recalls A Tough Night On The Job

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:48 am

Mark Edens told his daughter Jessie about one night early in his career when he had to tell a woman her husband had died in a car accident. Edens was a police officer for 25 years. He told his story at StoryCorps in Atlanta.
StoryCorps

This holiday weekend, state troopers across the country will be stepping up their patrols. Much of their work will be routine traffic stops, but some calls they will respond to will be accidents, some of them tragic.

Retired police officer Mark Edens, 61, spent half of his career investigating fatal car accidents for the Michigan State Police.

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4:09pm

Thu August 30, 2012
The Salt

Two Sides Prepare For California Genetically Modified Labeling Vote

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:30 am

California farmer Erik Freese pulls down a healthy ear of corn that has been genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide. He says genetic engineering has helped him to farm more sustainably.
Kathleen Masterson for NPR

This November, voters in California will decide whether the state should require labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients. If the initiative, known as Proposition 37, passes, manufacturers would have to say somewhere on the front or the back of the food's packaging if the product contains or may contain genetically engineered ingredients.

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