I'm Maria Hinojosa and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, violence continues to erupt across Syria. We'll talk to a human rights activist who has seen it firsthand. That's in a few minutes.
But first, a year ago today on July 9, 2011, the world's newest nation was born in Africa.
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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We hereby declare Southern Sudan to be an independent and sovereign state.
Columbia Water and Light says its customer’s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.
The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there’s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.
The fast food chain Hardee’s says it will stop buying pork from suppliers who use gestation crates – the cramped metal cages where many industrial pork producers house pregnant sows for most of their adult lives.
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The city of Columbia could be changing the way it picks up trash next year. The city will currently pick up trash bags left on residential street, but a new proposal would change the method to only collecting trash from bins provided to residents by the city.
The proposal would reduce the number of trash collectors, but Columbia Solid Waste Utility Manager Richard Wieman says those positions would be transitioned to another part of waste collection.
Preacher Eddie Brackett is interviewed by filmmaker Julie Winokur at the Waughtown Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. "I say that I'm a conservative, but I think that I am very open-minded to meeting the needs of the people that are out there," Brackett said.
Filmmaker Julie Winokur sits at "The Table" at Maple View Farm in Hillsborough, N.C. She is traveling the country with a folding table and a star-spangled tablecloth, asking people to share their political beliefs.