Morning Edition for January 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014 — Throughout the West, bone dry conditions are exacting a toll on places that rely on water to thrive. In southern Oregon, recreation plays an important role in the region's economy. The ongoing drought is drying up streams where fishing once was plentiful and it's left ski resorts wanting for snow.
Jan 30, 2014 — In California, agriculture is a $44.7 billion industry and the ongoing drought has many farmers worried. Some already have cut back on planting crops and some banks are withholding loans.
Jan 30, 2014 — Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water and the reservoir is dropping. The city's water officials long ago instituted water conservation measures. Critics say they are not nearly enough.
Jan 29, 2014 — Japanese scientists say they've figured out a fast, easy way to make the most powerful cells in the world: embryonic stem cells. The magic ingredient? Something akin to lemon juice. So far it's unknown whether the method would work with human cells or could be used for medical treatments.
Jan 30, 2014 — New research shows that a planetary reshuffle might have shaped the ring of rubble between Mars and Jupiter.
Jan 30, 2014 — The P1, now known as the "first Porsche," was an electric vehicle that Ferdinand Porsche helped develop. It was discovered in an Austrian warehouse and is going on display at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
Jan 30, 2014 — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is due to announce this week whether he'll seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. The 20-year-old defendant is accused of killing four and injuring hundreds in the attack and the manhunt that followed.
Jan 30, 2014 — Ukraine's parliament has offered amnesty to arrested anti-government protesters if demonstrators vacate buildings they are occupying in the capital Kiev. But the offer was rejected by opposition leaders, who are demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. Protestors continue to occupy the center of the city.
Jan 30, 2014 — Renee Montagne talks to Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council about the current conflict in South Sudan, and what the U.S. can do to help get the new nation back on track.
Jan 30, 2014 — California's new microstamping law effects all new or redesigned semi-automatic handguns sold in the state. It requires they be equipped with laser technology that imprints a handgun's make, model and serial number onto shell casings when a bullet is fired. Two manufacturers are pulling some of their products out of California.