Update: The drought, PA’s voting laws, and Philadelphia’s state test cheating scandal

An Illinois farmer surveys a dried-up pond in his cattle pasture after months of drought. Seth Perlman/AP

Hour 1

We get updates on three news stories we’ve been following.   We’ll start off talking about this year’s drought, the worst drought in U.S. history since the 1950’s with writer CHARLES FISHMAN.  In his recent New York Times opinion piece, Fishman says we can the water shortage facing our nation as an opportunity to learn how to conserve this most precious resource.  Then as we await the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling on the state’s voter ID law, we’ll turn to the Inquirer’s BOB WARNER to fill us in on the efforts to clear up confusion about the law and to get folks who don’t have them, state-approved photo IDs.  Finally WHYY education reporter BEN HEROLD provides insight into the Philadelphia School District’s state test cheating scandal in 53 public schools which was uncovered earlier this year.

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