The standoff in Crimea is increasing in intensity and has become a focal point of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Michele Kelemen about the diplomatic efforts to resolve the standoff in the region.
This month, a new round of food stamp cuts is set to take effect. The farm bill passed last month closed a loophole called "Heat and Eat," saving the country about $8.5 billion over the next decade. Some states have found a way to restore that funding.
There has been no action to circumvent the latest round of food stamp cuts in Oregon. About 140,000 Oregonians will lose a significant portion of their benefits if the cuts are allowed to continue there, and recipients and food banks alike are bracing for the change.