Mike Moen http://kccu.org en Food Stamp Cuts Leave Rural Areas, And Their Grocers, Reeling http://kccu.org/post/food-stamp-cuts-leave-rural-areas-and-their-grocers-reeling One recent evening, some shoppers at the Countryside Market in Belvidere, Ill., were loading up on staples, like milk and eggs. Others, like Meghan Collins, were trying to plan Thanksgiving on a newly tightened budget.<p>"My work has been cut," says Collins. "I'm working half the hours I used to work. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:21:00 +0000 Mike Moen 45843 at http://kccu.org Food Stamp Cuts Leave Rural Areas, And Their Grocers, Reeling Is It Too Soon To Worry About Holiday Retail Sales? http://kccu.org/post/it-too-soon-worry-about-holiday-retail-sales The calendar says October, but retailers and economists are already analyzing the holiday shopping season. With budget battles gripping Washington and an economy that's still recovering, there are mixed feelings about how far shoppers will open their wallets. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:14:00 +0000 Mike Moen 43662 at http://kccu.org Drought Threatens Small Town's Big Boat Race http://kccu.org/post/drought-threatens-small-towns-big-boat-race Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The drought is threatening a major event important to one small lake town. For more than 25 years, DePue, Illinois has hosted the American Powerboat Association's national championships. This year, officials discovered the water level in the lake was too low. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:34:00 +0000 Mike Moen 16188 at http://kccu.org