On Alaska's Kenai peninsula, the city of Homer proudly calls itself the halibut fishing capital of the world. For more than 30 years it has held an annual "Halibut Derby." VOA's Natasha Mozgovaya and Aleksandr Bergan were there for this year's big event.
The Grand Canyon -- one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World -- has inspired adventurers, poets and painters for hundreds of years. Whether looking down from its massive rim or up from the rushing waters of the Colorado River, it's easy to see how it got its name. National parks traveler Mikah Meyer explored the majestic site during an eight-day adventure he says he’ll never forget. He shared highlights with VOA’s Julie Taboh.
“Yes We Can,” President Barack Obama's famous catch phrase, was borrowed from a petite fiery American Latina named Dolores Huerta. Not many people know Huerta’s contributions to American civil rights, but the documentary “Dolores,” by filmmaker Peter Bratt, reveals 70 years of her rich life and work as a union leader and activist. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Floodwaters may be slowly receding in Houston, but many freeways and neighborhoods near dams and reservoirs are still under water. Many flood victims are staying in shelters. There are several mosques that have opened their doors to the larger community. The volunteers and temporary residents in one west Houston mosque learned something they didn't expect. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports from Houston.
Administration officials are defending the president's proposal to cut federal emergency funds even as the southern state of Texas struggles with the aftermath of the worst flooding in its history. The White House said Thursday that adequate relief funds would be available for disasters under President Donald Trump's proposal. The White House also announced that President Trump is pledging $1 million in personal funds to Harvey storm relief efforts. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into Texas' congressional redistricting debate this week, temporarily halting an order to correct two districts that lower courts found disenfranchised minority voting rights. The court's stay is the latest in the years-long battle over racially motivated redistricting in Texas that could have a significant impact on Republican Party control of Congress. VOA congressional reporter Katherine Gypson traveled to one of the districts at the heart of the debate.