Selections from the Public News Service-July 2013 (Audio)

by: Posted on: July 08, 2013

Editor’s Note: The Public News Service is a free, public interest, audio news service. Their stories run from one to four minutes in length. We are experimenting with publishing stories of theirs we think Readers of the Dirt would find interesting.


Seattle, WA – Last fall, a Seattle group proposed a college tuition payment plan that works much like Social Security – in reverse. People go to school tuition-free, then pay a fraction of their income during their working life into a fund for the students that follow. “Pay It Forward” is now getting national attention, and it looks like Oregon will be the first state to try it. Comments from John Burbank, executive director, Economic Opportunity Institute; and Sami Alloy, campaign manager, Working Families Party of Oregon. Listen Here.


St. Paul, MN – A program that helps bring fresh, local foods to child care centers in Minnesota is expanding. Comments from Cara Johnson-Bader, director of parent experiences, New Horizon Academy; and Erin McKee VanSlooten, program associate, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Photos available of children eating fresh produce and a New Horizon location. Listen Here.


Raleigh, NC – Landfill space is increasingly a coveted resource between states, and a bill that just passed the State Senate will make it easier for private landfills to accept garbage from some of North Carolina’s neighbors. The Landfill Deregulation Act reduces the current five-mile buffer between landfills and wildlife refuges and parks to just 15-hundred feet. Organizations such as the North Carolina Wildlife Federation are fighting the legislation. Comments from Tom Bean, government affairs director for the NCWF. Image available: Landfill. Listen Here.


Asheville, NC – This week Governor McCrory will consider signing a bill (HB 250) that would allow charter schools in North Carolina to expand without getting approval from the State Board of Education. Opponents say it would shift needed funding for public schools to privately run charter schools, since they receive per-pupil public funding. Comments from Betsey Russell, board member of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, and Dr. Bill Anderson, executive director of MeckEd, a nonprofit supporter of public education in Charlotte. Listen Here.


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