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Funds allocated to fight Ebola have vanished into thin air. That kind of funny money business happens all too often when disaster strikes and donations roll in.
President Obama says he welcomes a "robust debate" on the Iran framework from Congress and the American people. He's already getting one.
We’ve been taking a look at the German education system for the last two days on Marketplace. In Germany, students go to college for free, even if they aren’t German citizens. German taxpayers pick up the tab.
The stories, from WGBH Radio’s "On Campus" team, detailed how a growing number of students are getting degrees in other countries where taxpayers pick up the tab.
In response to our poll “Would you pay higher taxes to make higher education free?,” nearly three quarters of themore than 1,700 responses said, “Yes.”Would you pay higher taxes to make higher education free?
Here are some of their comments:
Sheila said she spent a year teaching in Slovenia, “where higher education was free... Students took too long to graduate because they had little incentive to finish.”
Several commenters warned about tinkering with market forces, and others supported subsidizing education only for students who pursue degrees in high-demand fields.
Michele said her son went to Germany for school, got married and works there.
Bill highlighted differences between German and American education, and Roger said he can't imagine the United States implementing a German education system.
More than 100 responses came from users in Germany. Ten percent of those weren’t in favor of their taxes footing the bill for free college.
Here's a mystery: Hypertension, which is tied to salt intake, is more prevalent in the South. Researchers had a hunch that Southerners were eating more salty packaged foods, so they went gumshoeing.
Two Navy F-18s landed at an airbase on the island, which Beijing considers part of its sovereign territory.
A new study in the journal Science explores the power of surprise to motivate infant learning.
We're not quite there yet, but it's entirely possible that the not-so-distant future in California includes two-minute showers, brown lawns, and — heaven forbid — unwashed cars.
Governor Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory water cuts in California's history on Wednesday. Local water districts will be required to cut per-capita consumption by 25 percent.
The question on the minds of many Californians and other drought-watchers: what took the state this long?
"For some reason during this drought, [they] have not stepped up the way they have in earlier droughts, which is somewhat alarming to us," says Felicia Marcus, chair of California's Water Resources Control Board. "There really is, obviously, a need for greater state leadership."
Brown made his announcement at Tahoe, where officials measure the snowpack each spring. Sierra Nevada snowmelt trickles into rivers and aqueducts and accounts for about a third of the state's drinking water.
Marketplace sustainability reporter Sarah Gardner has the key details:
- The cuts will be handled at the local level. There are over 400 water districts in California.
- Districts that have already reduced consumption won't have to meet the full 25 percent target.
- Some districts in Orange and San Diego Counties still tick off 500 gallons of water consumption, per person, per day.
- Over half of residential water use goes to maintaining lawns and gardens.
- Agriculture, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of water consumption in California, is not subject to these mandatory cutbacks.
In short, Gardner says, this mandate is all about urban use, which may prove controversial among city-dwellers who resent agriculture's overwhelming share of water. Farmers counter that the state produces half of the US-grown nuts, vegetables and fruit.
"Governor Brown made a point, yesterday, of sort of defending agriculture," Gardner said.
"He said, farmers, specifically those with junior water rights have already had a lot of cutbacks. State officials talked, too, about all the land that's been fallowed. They are not ready to challenge this centuries-old water rights system."
Gardner added, the mandatory cuts will only intensify the debate over who gets how much water in California, and for what purpose.
More than 100 cars were reportedly involved in accidents. Conditions forced airlines to delay or cancel flights in Dubai after the sandstorm arrived from Saudi Arabia early this morning.