Unique Program Targets &Quot;At Risk" Youth

One in four Americans infected with HIV each year are under the age of twenty. In a recent study in the journal "Science," thirty-five percent of male teenagers reported they had intercourse while they were drunk or high and six percent say they use crack or cocaine. In every city and town, there are teenagers at risk. But getting them to seek help is often an uphill battle. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Karen Kelly reports, a growing number of agencies are taking their services to the streets:

Superfund Remediation

The Great Lakes Region is home to thousands of inactive, abandonedhazardous waste sites. Cleaning them up is often the responsibility ofeach individual state. But the process often takes years and ishampered by a lack of funds, a lack of scientific knowledge, and a lackof political will. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Bud Lowell isfollowing the clean-up at one New York site. Today, the siteassessment:

Snowmaking Keeps Slopes Open

For Midwestern ski centers, this past winter has been disastrous. Driven by El Nino, the resorts have been hit by warm weather and a lack of snow. But now, even in the first weeks of spring, one New York ski center is still running strong. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Carol Colella (cah-lella) reports:

Lake Champlain Demoted

Lake Champlain didn’t last long as a Great Lake. Earlier this month, Midwest lawmakers were miffed when Champlain was designated the sixth Great Lake. Last week, the Senate voted to demote the lake and as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Martha Foley reports, this week the House is expected to agree:

Organic Producers Upset About Standard

A coalition of organic farmers, natural food stores and supermarkets in three Great Lakes states is pressuring the federal government to scrap proposed standards on "organically grown food." The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Bud Lowell has more:

Study Finds Cities Vary in Air Quality Improvement

According to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, Buffalo’s air quality has improved greatly over the last decade, but other Great Lakes cities have not met the same success. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Mike McKay has more: