May 1, 2003 Rain and snow this week offer temporary relief for crops and livestock in the West. But vast regions of the West have suffered drought conditions for five years. Ranchers are going bust, and even cities are clamping down on water use. NPR's Howard Berkes reports.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1249184/1249185" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 1, 2003 A congressional subcommittee discusses the future of Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the wake of recent scandals at the lab, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham ordered the lab's manager -- the University of California -- to bid against other organizations for a contract to run the lab. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1249178/1249179" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 1, 2003 Senate Democrats say they have enough support to block vote on Texas judge Priscilla Owen's nomination to the fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If successful, the filibuster would come as Democrats enter their third month of filibustering to keep lawyer Miguel Estrada off the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Hear NPR's David Welna.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248665/1248666" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 1, 2003 Incidents of international terrorism fell 44 percent to 199 in 2002, a State Department report says. But skeptics say the numbers are skewed because the United States inflated the number of incidents in 1999. The study also highlights improvements in intelligence sharing and international cooperation, praising France for its aid in the Richard Reid shoe-bombing case and the Zacarias Moussaoui case. Hear NPR's Michele Kelemen.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248663/1248664" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 1, 2003 The Bush Administration actively courts Silicon Valley firms for new technologies. Analysts say large defense contracts to develop high-tech tools for homeland security are helping to sustain a region that has lost tens of thousands of jobs since the collapse of the dot-com bubble in the late-1990s. Hear NPR's Elaine Korry.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248657/1248658" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 1, 2003 A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says the current fiscal crises in many states is jeopardizing programs that help the poor pay for AIDS medication. Over the past year, 16 states have had to restrict access to their AIDS Drug Assistance Program, leaving thousands wondering how they will pay for treatment. Hear NPR's Brenda Wilson.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248649/1248650" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 30, 2003 Federal and state officials say they've filed more than 50 suits alleging fraud via the Internet. Most cases involve sellers who fail to deliver the goods, but some are more elaborate. And Virginia passes the toughest anti-spam law in the nation. Hear NPR's Jack Speer and NPR's Neda Ulaby.
April 30, 2003 A study shows the number of black children living in extreme poverty is at its highest since 1980. The study, released by the Children's Defense Fund, says the number of impoverished children rose dramatically in 2000 to nearly a million children. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund president.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248303/1248304" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 30, 2003 Since the Sept. 11 attacks, "information sharing" is a mantra of federal agencies focused on homeland defense. But a report says agencies are struggling to manage data such as terrorism "watch lists" meant for distribution to police and airlines. State and local police say they're still having trouble getting the information. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1248291/1248292" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 30, 2003 Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says he believes the economy is poised for a rebound and that its long-term growth potential "remains solid." Testifying before a House panel, Greenspan also reiterates his warning that any tax cuts should be accompanied by spending cuts or tax increases in other areas. Hear NPR's Carol Anne Clark-Kelly.
April 30, 2003 Bush to Declare End of Combat President Bush will address the nation Thursday from a Navy aircraft carrier to say that major combat in Iraq is over and to formally declare the beginning of the rebuilding phase, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says. But Fleischer says the president will not declare victory in Iraq, nor say the war is over. Hear NPR's Don Gonyea.
April 30, 2003 A sharply divided Supreme Court upholds a 1996 law requiring that legal immigrants who have criminal records be detained while awaiting deportation hearings, even in cases where the government concedes there is no risk of flight from justice or of a danger posed to society. Hear NPR's Nina Totenberg.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1247703/1247704" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 30, 2003 The stock market makes a modest comeback since U.S. forces topple Saddam Hussein's regime. Consumer confidence shows its largest jump in 12 years, and companies in the S&P 500 index release strong quarterly reports. But some analysts urge caution, pointing to rising unemployment and overall uncertainty about the economy. Hear NPR's Chris Arnold.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1247695/1247696" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 30, 2003 At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Secretary of State Colin Powell calls France's opposition to the war in Iraq "very much regretful" and that the country should face consequences. Meanwhile, some lawmakers propose continued boycotts of French goods and a halt to French food services company Sodexho's contract with the Pentagon. Hear NPR's Andrea Seabrook.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1247689/1247690" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 29, 2003 The Supreme Court upholds a law requiring immigrants convicted of some crimes to remain jailed while awaiting deportation hearings. And justices refuse to consider a challenge to a South Carolina abortion law that permits the state to inspect and copy patient records at clinics. NPR's Nina Totenberg and NPR's Kathy Lohr report.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor