Florida Court System Faces Funding Crisis
While Florida wrestles with a $3.8 billion budget shortfall, the state courts are facing an immediate funding crisis. The courts are largely funded by filing fees, especially foreclosure filings — which have slowed to a trickle because of extra scrutiny by lenders worried about allegations of falsified documents. The state Supreme Court chief justice has said he needs $72 million to avoid furloughs and serious delays in litigation. Gov. Rick Scott made some emergency funds available but says he wants to study the issue.
Colorado School District Cuts Bus Service
Budget cuts are hitting home in Colorado. The Adams 12 school district in the suburbs of Denver chose to cut its bus service rather than increase class size last year. Now some middle-schoolers have to walk up to two miles.
Federal Effort Targets Sexual Assaults At Colleges
Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to the University of New Hampshire to announce new Department of Education guidance on fighting sexual assault on college campuses. A federal study says one in five women will be assaulted while in college. Adding to the trauma, colleges often support the attacker, not the victim.
Rural Wyo. County's Air Quality Rivals L.A.
Sublette County, Wyoming, is known for its wildlife and its stunning open spaces. It is also home to one of the largest natural gas fields in the U.S. And now the county has an air quality problem that rivals that of Los Angeles.
Foreign Investors Uneasy Amid Bahrain Violence
The nation's Sunni royal family, with tacit U.S. backing, has cracked down on largely Shiite protesters demanding political and economic reforms. But even as the kingdom moves swiftly to protect its status as a stable banking and financial hub for the Middle East, some analysts are wondering if foreign investors are already looking for another place to send their money.
Backstory Of A Revolution: Studying Tweets, Posts
Steve Inskeep talks to Mazen Nahawi about how the Arab world has used social media forums to trigger social uprisings. Nahawi is president of News Group International, a Dubai-based news management company that monitors and analyzes traditional and social media around the Middle East and North Africa.
Computer Translator Reads Between The Tweets
Facebook and Twitter have been touted as tools for North African and Middle Eastern revolutionaries. They're also sources of intelligence on politics and culture. But sifting through all those Tweets is a Herculean task. Now scientists are developing a computer program that doesn't just translate — it interprets nuance as well.
Customers' Emails Exposed In Epsilon Security Breach
The online marketer Epsilon has told major companies that it inadvertently exposed tens of millions of their customers' names and emails in a giant security breach that could leave them vulnerable to phishing attacks. The marketer works with big banks, retailers and hotel chains.