Super PACs bolster Congressional campaigns in San Bernardino and Ventura counties by funding a flood of mailers to some homes. A PIN source describes what it's like to live in the "Super PAC campaign saturation zone ." More at scpr.org.
SCPR wanted to know how "The Innocence of Muslims" and violent reactions to the film have affected local Muslims. So they queried Muslims living in Southern California and throughout the United States, who have found themselves not only feeling targeted, but also uncomfortable watching the violent reaction overseas. More at scpr.org's Multi-American blog.
MPR's new On Message feature asks people to share campaign fliers, ads, robocalls, emails and other campaign materials with the newsroom -- and then MPR fact checks them and finds out who's paying for them. More at mprnews.org.
What's so bad about the American political campaign process? According to sources in the Public Insight Network queried by The St. Louis Beacon, an awful lot. What's good? Not too much. More at stlbeacon.org.
The Bay Citizen heard from almost 100 area residents when they asked about safety at San Francisco intersections. Source responses helped to identify areas that are hazardous for pedestrians. More at baycitizen.org.
Leatrice Fullerton sent in her story via PIN. After speaking with her, Michigan Radio PIN journalist Sarah Alvarez knew she would be a great candidate for testing out something new: having sources voice and record their own stories. She told an amazing story of what it takes to raise successful kids on a very limited income and with other challenges as well. More at michiganradio.org.
Concern for security has led one Minnesotan to use an unusual tactic to protect his farm. Ken Kalish deploys guard llamas, both to protect farm animals from predators and to keep tab on strangers. More at mprnews.org, and on YouTube.
From the northeast to the southwest corners of the state, it's a diagonal trend. But why? Gun owners in PIN share their insights into why gun ownership is more prevalent in northern Minnesota. More at mprnews.org.
Nolan Strawder, a mechanical engineer and National Grange member who has moved home to the family farm, contributes to Harvest Public Media's ongoing series "My Farm Roots." More at harvestpublicmedia.org.
Kirtan Singh Khalsa discusses with Patt Morrison the shooting of Sikhs in a Wisconsin temple. Khalsa is a member of the board of directors for Sikh Dharma So Cal and Sikh Darma Worldwide, an international body of Sikhs; he is also a minister at the West Los Angeles Guru Ram Das Ashram. More at scpr.org.