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Reporter Yanqi Xu Talks Tires and Political Turmoil in Alvo

Aerial image of a tract of land in Alvo, Nebraska. Tens of thousands of tires are clustered in the middle in a dark mass. The tires are surrounded by brown and green fields.
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Alvo, Nebraska is home to a tire pile whose presence has caused a deluge of problems for the village's residents.

Flatwater Free Press reporter Yanqi Xu discusses how Alvo's big pile of tires led to a story of toxic contamination and cultural crisis.

Courtney is back in her hometown after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2019 with degrees in journalism and film. While at KU, she was the arts and culture editor of the University Daily Kansan and had a summer internship at KCUR, Kansas City's NPR member station. She has three pet rats and has seen almost every Audrey Hepburn movie.
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