August 4, 2011 The 30,000 residents of Marion, Ind., have been through a tough economy. Their mayor, Wayne Seybold, has been there, too, growing up in a trailer park on the factory side of town. He's downsized the city's government and expanded the business community. And his many trips abroad as mayor are paying off.
June 19, 2011 Ohio's pain management clinics come under tough new regulations Sunday. Many of the clinics are blamed for prescription drug abuse in a state where the leading cause of accidental death is unintentional drug overdose. In the south of the state, Scioto County is leading the fight against the so-called "pill mills."
December 21, 2010 After a story was published in the local Canton, Ohio, newspaper about an anonymous donor sending $5 each to 150 people at Christmastime in 1933, readers decided to revive the idea. They've contributed more than $48,000 to a fund for people struggling to make ends meet. Now a group is sifting through letters to determine who should get checks.
November 26, 2010 If you fly over West Virginia on a clear day, you might see Hacker Valley as just a wisp of smoking rising from the mountains. The 600 people who live there are facing a second winter of icy, treacherous driving just to get to a post office. It can be a 40-mile round trip.
October 25, 2010 The Cuban singer, known worldwide as the "Queen of Salsa," grew up in neighborhoods where music was always in the air. She traveled for 15 years with the Sonora Matancera orchestra and settled in Fort Lee, N.J., home base for a decades-long career.
September 8, 2010 American Century Farms have been owned and farmed by the same family for more than 100 years. In East Tennessee, farm heirs reflect on the land's history, keeping the farms going despite development and a tough economy — and dreading the day they may have to sell.
July 4, 2010 Last week, a tax increase on cigarettes went into effect in New York state, raising the price in some places to more than $10 per pack. As prices rise, demand — and smoking rates — are down. In several states, growers are riding a downturn.
May 3, 2010 It was 40 years ago Tuesday that the Kent State University shootings — which killed four people and wounded nine others — stunned the nation. For many there on May 4, 1970, it was a life-changing event. But students on the Kent campus today say it had little bearing on their choice of college.
March 16, 2010 The crime writer has more than 40 books to his name and dozens of films made from that source material. Leonard gives NPR's Noah Adams a tour of his hometown, with stops at some of the places that taught the writer about the language of crime, and at his writing desk at home.
December 25, 2009 A small company's elaborate holiday model-train displays are built mostly of twigs, leaves and gourds from the company's home turf: a wooded ridge in northern Kentucky. As a result, people in Washington, D.C., New York and other cities can enter a miniature wonderland full of familiar landmarks.