California Gov. Gerry Brown has vetoed the budget sent to him Wednesday by the Legislature. Lawmakers had scrambled to meet their deadline. But Brown says the budget fails to raise taxes and makes severe cuts to vital public services. Robert Siegel talks with Sacramento bureau chief of member station KQED John Myers.
As the Missouri River continues to grow due to releases of water from reservoirs in the Dakotas, Omaha, Nebraska's metropolitan airport is scrambling to protect its property from flood water. Sandbagging and continuous monitoring of the levee system are underway to protect Eppley Airfield. But will it be enough to keep the Missouri River — which is expected to rise another two feet in Omaha and remain flooded through August — away from the airport?
Last week on Mount McKinley, ranger Tucker Chenoweth had a day unlike any other. Over the course of one day, he helped rescue three different climbers. That is as many as he often has in one season. Melissa Block speaks with Chenoweth about those rescues.
Wednesday night, disappointed hockey fans rioted, sending nearly 150 people to hospitals with injuries and leaving downtown streets littered with debris and broken glass. The trouble started shortly after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins.
The Supreme Court handed down opinions in a variety of criminal cases Thursday. In a unanimous ruling, the justices said judges cannot give extra jail time in hopes of rehabilitation. They also ruled on a case involving a 13-year-old boy who was questioned by police without being read his Miranda rights.
Melissa Block speaks with Ali Mokdad, global health professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, about a study tracking the life expectancies of men and women in the United States.
An unknown chemical leaked into the Ohio River last night, killing several fish. But water samples taken since then show no sign of any contamination. A sheen was noticed on the river’s surface by cameras at Dow Chemical’s plant, south of Rubbertown. The Lake Dreamland Fire Department first responded to the call and alerted the Coast Guard and Health Department.
Two Finchville residents are up on federal charges of embezzling nearly half a million dollars in employee benefits from a company they owned in Shelbyville. Officials from the Office of the United States Attorney say that William Kiser, 73, and Mary Sue Kiser, 70, owners of the now-closed Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, were indicted Thursday in federal court for conspiring to defraud the United States and embezzling from an employee benefit fund.