One of this year's MacArthur Foundation fellows is Sebastian Ruth, founder and artistic director of Community MusicWorks.
Nicholas Benson is a stone carver from Newport, R.I., a third generation craftsman who runs the John Stevens Shop, a business that's been in operation since 1705. He was named as a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.
Correspondent John Merrow reports on the progress of Detroit's public school system, following last year's tumultuous takeover by the state of Michigan, following allegations of corruption, a $316 million hole in its budget and tumbling enrollment.
In other news Thursday, floodwater began to recede in New England's hard-hit communities, leaving enormous damage in its wake. Also, new federal rules for gas mileage and auto emissions became final.
In other news Wednesday, flooding in the Northeast forced hundreds to evacuate their homes after the second major rainstorm in a month and an investigation has largely cleared British scientists accused of fabricating climate change data.
One Rhode Island school district took the drastic step of ousting teachers after they refused to implement mandated reforms to boost poor performance. Judy Woodruff takes a look at the reinvigorated clash between education reform plans and teachers unions.
By PBS NewsHour
Sheldon Whitehouse, the former state attorney general of Rhode Island, unseated Lincoln Chafee Tuesday in what became an extremely tight Senate race.
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