Features by Sarah McCammon
Posted In: solar, manufacturing
First Solar, Inc., has branched out into planning and building large-scale solar power. That strategy has helped the American company rise above plummeting prices for solar panels.
Posted In: recycling, trash
More than 40 years after the “Crying Indian” campaign encouraged Americans to stop pollution, a new "Keep America Beautiful" hopes to boost recycling.
Posted In: lethal injection, drugs
Texas and other states face shortages of drugs used in execution. But that demand isn't yielding a new supply.
Posted In: apple, samsung, patents, patent wars
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a series of bitter patent disputes. A ruling on one of those battles is expected from the U.S. International Trade Commission today.
Posted In: Iowa, public policy
What if you could apply the same techniques to government spending that investment advisers use to pick stocks? A Pew-MacArthur report looks at how states are using cost-benefit analysis.
Posted In: cost, policy, public policy, pew, states
Non-profits are working with state governments to increase use of cost-benefit analyses to learn whether programs and policies are worth it.
Posted In: student loans, interest rates, higher education, student debt
The compromise approved by the Senate puts a ceiling on the interest rates for undergraduate student loans.
Posted In: colleges, Tuition, college
A new study finds that the rising cost of higher education is shifting costs as families spend less freely.
Posted In: Keystone pipeline, Keystone XL, natural gas, Nebraska
Nebraska farmers worry the oil pipeline will damage their land or water. Some are putting up obstacles to the route.
Posted In: sequester, government cuts, IRS, Taxes
The IRS is canceling its Monday furlough day because it has managed to cut costs enough to avoid it.