A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. But small towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.
Oklahoma oil is expensive to produce, so the sharp drop in prices has forced many drilling companies to cut jobs. If prices stay low, the pain could spread to the banks that finance the oil industry.
Research shows that missing school in the crucial early days of school leads to problems later on. In Los Angeles, educators are working to raise kindergarten attendance.
Capitalist Nelson Rockefeller and painter Diego Rivera clashed over a political mural in the 1930s. Now their daughters have teamed up to preserve both their fathers' legacies and the art they loved.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year. NPR asked some in this group how brands and corporations can get their attention.
Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, that criss-crosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.
Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.
At the Academy Awards, many of the big winners were expected — but the ceremony drew energy from their speeches, which addressed a gamut of issues, from equal pay for women to immigration.
During his visit to India, President Obama planted a tree. It was covered in leaves just three weeks ago, and now it is bare. Authorities say that type of tree often loses leaves this time of year.
Police say a student named Dean and some friends ordered fake ID's from China. When the package was mistakenly delivered to a college dean with the same last name, the students' parents were called.
The White House says President Obama on Monday will direct the Department of Labor to craft new rules to require financial advisers to put their clients' interests ahead of their own.
Across the country, the health care industry is pouring billions of dollars into new hospitals and medical centers. And the new hospitals of "today" are very different than the ones they're replacing.
"Birdman" took home the best picture award at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. The film also earned director Alejandro Inarritu the Oscar for directing. Julianne Moore won best actress for her work in "Still Alice," and Eddie Redmayne won best actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."
The secretary of Homeland Security has issued a warning after a video purportedly from the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab called for Muslims to attack shopping malls.
Cynthia Bond's haunting tale of a beautiful, abused woman in an east Texas hamlet was praised for its lyrical language. Oprah Winfrey announced she'd not only chosen "Ruby" for her bookclub's March selection, but she'd also bought the film rights to Bond's book.
Renee Montagne looks back at the best of New York Fashion Week with Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and looks forward to what will hit the European runways.
The words college students use to describe their professors say a lot about how men and women are judged differently.
Wil Smith, a single dad who listeners met through StoryCorps, died early Sunday. Several years ago he was diagnosed with colon cancer. We remember Smith, recalling a StoryCorps interview with his teenage daughter Olivia, shortly after he was diagnosed. Smith was 46.
An Oklahoma legislative committee voted recently to review the latest version of the Advanced Placement U.S. History course and to potentially cut funding for it in the state's schools. Lawmakers complain the course glosses over the nation's founders and foundational documents and focuses on the negative.
Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.