Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in 1963,
(Associated Press)
June 12, 2014

Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Ruby Dee, an actress and civil rights activist who built a career on stage and screen at a time when African-Americans had few such opportunities, has died at age 91.


Shipping via barge is crucial for farmers near the Illinois River and across the Midwest, but many say U.S. river infrastructure is out of date.
(Kenneth Spencer/flickr)
June 09, 2014

Farmers Hope For River System Improvements

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.  


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At a student-run Union Bank branch located inside Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, Calif., students can build credit and learn about finances with their real money.
(Alexandra Schmidt/NPR)
June 04, 2014

As Banks Open In Schools, A Chance For Students To Learn To Save

Wearing a red Union Bank polo shirt, high school senior Jerry Liu politely helps a peer with a bank deposit. With a waiting area and even a decorative plant on the table, this could be any bank branch — but right outside this island of adulthood are the hallways of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles.


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Officials of UC2B and iTV-3 at news conference announcing their partnership.
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
May 30, 2014

Private Partner to Build Out UC2B Broadband System

Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, or UC2B, announced a partnership Thursday with iTV-3 to provide its high-speed broadband service to homes and businesses in Champaign-Urbana.


A worker turns a valve at an underground gas storage facility near Striy on Wednesday. Russia has said state-controlled exporter Gazprom will supply China with natural gas via a Siberian pipeline beginning in 2018.
(Gleb Garanich/Reuters/Landov)
May 21, 2014

Russia, China Secure Nearly Half-Trillion-Dollar Gas Deal

In an agreement reminiscent of the early days of the Cold War, Russia has agreed to supply China with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of natural gas via a pipeline from Siberia pipeline to begin pumping in four years.


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