Male fish showing female characteristics A new study finds that one ot of five male black bass in American river basins have egg cells growing inside their sexual organs. The study by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that in parts of the Mississippi River in Minnesota 70 percent of the smallmouth bass had female characteristics.8:25 a.m.
Peter Smith: Alumni long to be back to school It's mid-September, and students at liberal arts colleges around our region have settled into their new routines on campus. Commentator Peter Smith says that means, across the region, thousands of alumni are secretly wishing they could return too.8:35 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Poll: Doctors Among Public Option's Biggest Fans
A new poll shows that doctors are among the biggest supporters in the United States of a public option in the health care overhaul. One reason: Many say they've had largely good experiences with Medicare.
San Francisco's Universal Health Care Model
The Healthy San Francisco Plan, the city's public health plan for the uninsured, has many of the elements currently under consideration in Washington, D.C. It was proposed as a stopgap measure until Congress moved ahead with universal coverage. Now, it's being heralded as a public option that works and a model for reform. Sarah Varney reports for member station KQED.
Checking In With Three States In Budget Limbo
Despite a requirement that states balance their budgets each year, it's not unusual for a few to miss the deadline. This year, deficits caused by the recession made eight states late. Two states — Michigan and Pennsylvania — still don't have budgets, and Arizona only has funding for part of the year. Rick Pluta reports for Michigan Public Radio, Susan Phillips weighs in from Philadelphia, and NPR's Ted Robbins reports from Tucson.
Is Race A Factor In Protests Of Obama Initiatives?
How much of a role does race play in the ferocious resistance to President Obama in some quarters this spring and summer? Many African Americans sense a lack of respect in some of the president's critics.
Long Recovery In Store For Scorched Calif. Hillsides
The biggest wildfire in Los Angeles County history is under control but still burning. And it's left behind thousands of acres of scorched forestland in an area long regarded as one of the jewels of the Southern California wilderness.
Swayze's Dancing Brought Characters To Life
Actor Patrick Swayze died yesterday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Swayze played some real characters, from a surfer-dude bank robber to a road-tripping drag queen — and, of course, a dirty dancer. He said he always knew he was going to be a performer.
France Mulls 'Three Strikes' Internet Piracy Bill
Trying to crack down on piracy, French lawmakers have spent the summer arguing over legislation dubbed "three strikes and you're out of Internet service." Under the bill, authorities will be able to cut off service to suspected Internet pirates — after two warnings. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and entertainers like it, but privacy advocates see is as a threat to civil liberties.
Deadline Looms For Americans With Offshore Cash
Wealthy Americans trying to evade taxes have often used offshore bank accounts to hide their money, and foreign bank secrecy laws have made it hard to catch the tax cheats. But Swiss banking giant UBS agreed last month to give the IRS the names of about 4,500 Americans believed to be involved in tax fraud. Those individuals have a chance to come clean — but time is running out.
Can Solar Energy Pay Off Without Subsidies?
Because of a combination of government subsidies and a flood of cheaper solar panels on the market, more businesses are finding it possible to power their buildings by the sun. But critics say all of those subsidies mean solar power isn't so competitive. Tina Antolini reports for member station WFCR in Massachusetts.
German Thieves' New Take On Solar Panel Recycling
The proliferation of solar panels is creating new opportunities for thieves. In Germany, local police have set up a special task force to combat the problem. According to a German publication, it could be organized gangs who are removing panels with speed and expertise. Earlier this month, police arrested three men accused of stealing 250 solar panels and then trying to sell them online.