FROM Ellen Gilmer
When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is moving America toward energy independence. Fracking uses large volumes of water under high pressure to free oil and natural gas deposits from underground shale. The EPA says it can contaminate aquifers and create unhealthy air. It's even said to cause earthquakes. But when 59 percent of Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking for natural gas, they were over-ruled by state politicians . Oklahoma has also banned fracking bans. Are the rights of oil companies with absentee owners taking precedence over community health and safety? We hear what's at stake for the nation's economy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.