midwest

  • July 4, 2017  

    Farmers in the Midwest are facing yet another lean financial forecast. A few years ago, high prices for crops like corn and soybeans translated to more income, but now those prices have tumbled, leaving farmers in a ditch. Special correspondent Jack Williams from NET in Nebraska reports on how producers are adjusting to the new reality. Continue reading

  • October 19, 2016  

    To profitably produce corn in on Midwestern farms, nitrogen must be added to the soil. But the practice has an unwanted environmental impact: water contamination. A University of Nebraska professor thinks he may have a solution. Special correspondent Ariana Brocious of Harvest Public Media in Nebraska reports. Continue reading

  • October 3, 2016  

    Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence have radically different ideologies, but grew up under strikingly similar circumstances. What led them to the national stage? With the first vice presidential debate a day away, Judy Woodruff takes a look at the lives and careers of the candidates who will be second-in-line to the presidency. Continue reading

  • September 27, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, facing a Friday deadline, the Senate failed to advance a federal spending bill to keep the government in operation. And, the Syrian government’s offensive to take back Aleppo has shifted into high gear. Continue reading

  • March 8, 2016   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Michigan is the crown jewel Tuesday as voters in four states deliver verdicts on the presidential campaign. It’s the first big industrial state to weigh in, and should offer clues about how the candidates will play in important Midwest contests to come. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2015   BY  

    Widespread flooding in the South and Midwest has killed at least 20 people, while the winter storm continues to swell waterways along the Mississippi River to heights nearing the records of the disastrous flood of 1993. Continue reading

  • December 28, 2015  

    Violent weather has battered the South and Midwest in recent days, bringing the death toll from up to 45. On Saturday, at least nine tornadoes swept through the Dallas area, blasting neighborhoods with winds of about 200 miles an hour. In other states, snow and ice caused power outages and heavy rain triggered deadly flooding. Jeffrey Brown talks to Bob Henson of Weather Underground. Continue reading

  • May 3, 2015  

    Iowa, the country’s largest egg-producing state, declared a major outbreak of the Avian Flu. And to try and contain the disease, millions of chickens and turkeys there and in Wisconsin and Minnesota have been killed. Amy Mayer, a reporter for Harvest Public Media at Iowa Public Radio joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Ames, Iowa, to discuss. Continue reading

  • February 15, 2015  

    By this morning, a foot of snow was already on the ground across much of Eastern Massachusetts, and 20 inches had already fallen in some coastal areas. Much of the Midwest also suffered through extreme cold last night and this morning. Another winter storm, Octavia, is expected to bring snow and ice to about a dozen states tonight and tomorrow…from Missouri to Virginia. Continue reading

  • September 9, 2014  

    A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer left the city of Toledo, Ohio, without drinking water for three days. Now environmentalists and farmers are working to prevent future blooms by evaluating fertilizer use in hopes of cutting excess runoff. Special correspondent Christy McDonald of Detroit Public Television reports on how drones may be a tool for maximizing crops and minimizing pollution. Continue reading

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