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  • Communities Debate Whether Sharing Services Saves Money
    Money-strapped municipalities are increasingly sharing services with neighboring governments. Advocates say consolidating police, fire and other departments protect them from budget cuts. Critics worry about emergency response capabilities and wonder if the savings are really there.
  • Windsor, Ontario, To Detroit: 'Reset And Come Out Stronger'
    When Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection last month, the people in Windsor, which is located directly across the Detroit River, took note. And while Detroit's economic troubles are far deeper than Windsor's, the two cities' economic fortunes are linked.
  • Retired Teacher Has Hope Poor Community Will Rebound
    Renee Montagne and David Greene report on how a longtime teacher in Virginia has hope for her impoverished county. Tammy Smith retired this summer from 32 years in Dickenson County public schools. That county is one of the poorest in Virginia.
  • Judge: Stop-And-Frisk Policy Violates Rights
    Reaction in New York has been mixed to Monday's court ruling over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. A judge ruled the policy is unconstitutional and amounts to "indirect racial profiling" of young men of color.
  • Kiese Laymon's Overdue Success Proves Publishers Can Change
    After an editor asked him to tone down his racial politics, the first-time author walked away from his book deal, moved to a smaller press and eventually published two books to critical acclaim. He hopes his story helps make the case for why publishers should welcome different voices to the table.
  • Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices
    The Affordable Care Act sets up categories of essential health benefits that insurance plans must cover. Some categories, such as maternity care and drug abuse treatment, are straightforward. But "habilitative services" — including treatments like physical and speech therapy — are much more subjective.
  • Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds
    At Colorado State University, billions of seeds and other genetic material sit inside a giant storage vault. They're kept there in case of a loss of plant or animal life on a regional or global scale. But the investigation into GMO wheat in Oregon has raised questions about security at the facility.
  • Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif.
    A wild herd of bison has been roaming the rugged Santa Catalina Island since the 1920s, when the animals were brought there by a film crew shooting a movie that was never made. With no natural predators, the bison population quickly exploded.
  • BlackBerry May Be Sold
    BlackBerry was valued at more than $80 billion back in 2008. Then the iPhone and Android came along and stole its dominance of the smartphone market. Now BlackBerry is worth only about $5.4 billion and its market share is plummeting.
  • Greek Government Brings In More Money Than It Spends
    Greece's government registered a $3.5 billion primary budget surplus for the first half of this year. It's a rare bit of good economic news for the country. The figure does not include interest payments, social security payments or local government debt. But the figure suggests that public financing is getting back on track.

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