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Paying for crime and punishment
Criminals aren't the only ones who pay for their crimes - so does everyone else, in the form of taxes to build and operate prisons and put police on the streets. With a slow economy contributing to a rise in crime, the associated costs may also be on the rise.
The lower Mississippi River: the flow of trade
More than the United States' longest river, the Mississippi is also a vital part of American commerce. The lower Mississippi River traffics in a wide range of raw materials, agricultural commodities, and finished products - and there's still room to grow.
Work zone ahead? Repairing the Southeast's infrastructure
The Southeast's infrastructure, which sustains the region's fast-growing population and dynamic economy, faces the challenge of meeting today's needs as well as those accompanying future growth.
110 degrees in the shade: drought sears the Southeast
In the summer of 2007, the Southeast experienced the sort of drought that historically occurs only twice in a century. The parched region and its large agricultural sector are still adding up the toll that Mother Nature exacted.
Building a better world: infrastructure's role in economic growth
Infrastructures everywhere face strain from globalization, population growth, and urbanization. Infrastructure needs among countries vary, but infrastructure's importance to economic growth, improved public health, and poverty reduction is universal.