August 16, 2012 A federal database with the names of mentally ill people barred from buying guns still lacks millions of records it needs to be effective. Fourteen years after it was created, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System isn't receiving the required mental health records from many states.
August 8, 2012 Chesapeake Energy is still a leader in America's "fracking"-fueled natural gas boom, but low natural gas prices are making the company less profitable. Now the company is selling some of its assets and shifting more of its efforts into oil and other energy sectors to try to boost its bottom line.
July 29, 2012 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a compelling life story that would add some sizzle to Mitt Romney's White House bid. But some worry he might not be a safe choice for vice president on the GOP ballot. One concern is his age. Jindal is 41 but some think he looks even younger than that, and that could be a problem at the polls. NPR's Jeff Brady originally reported this story on Morning Edition.
July 21, 2012 Vigils are planned this weekend to remember the 12 people who died and to support the dozens injured after a shooting spree in an Aurora movie theater Friday. One local surgeon said the emergency department looked like a war zone: "We weren't sure if there was a bomb blast, initially."
July 20, 2012 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is an Indian-American with a compelling life story. At 41, he's already had a successful political career. He could also add some buzz to the GOP ticket. But his 2009 moment in the spotlight has some Republicans worrying whether he's ready to be vice president.
July 11, 2012 Faced with a nearly $17 million budget hole, the mayor cut all city workers' pay to minimum wage. Now the city's being sued. Workers say they weren't given a fair hearing and are owed overtime.
July 10, 2012 Amid a budget dispute, the mayor slashed pay for city employees, and has so far ignored a court order to restore it.