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4:58 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics

Virginia state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, a Democrat, in February 2010. Puckett resigned his seat on Monday.
Steve Helber AP

A single legislator in Virginia's statehouse normally doesn't rate much attention beyond, say, his or her district or Richmond, the state capital.

But then again, the resignation of a single Democratic state senator doesn't normally shift control of Virginia's Senate from Democrats to Republicans — a move that possibly stops dead in its tracks Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Law
4:20 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Against Homeowners In Superfund Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law seeking to improve accountability for environmental spills and pollution can be circumvented by certain kinds of state laws.

The federal Superfund law supersedes state statutes of limitations. Instead the federal law dictates that lawsuits alleging environmental injury need only be filed when individuals either first learn or should have learned that they have been harmed. But what the court gave with one hand, it took away with the other, ruling that rare state statutes of another sort can limit lawsuits in a different way.

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Law
2:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Supreme Court: At 21, Some Children Must Start Visa Process Over

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

A fractured U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that when parents wait years to win legal entry into the United States, their children may have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. The court's decision came on a 5-to-4 vote, with the majority split into two camps.

Under the Immigration Act, citizens and lawful permanent residents may sponsor family members petitions' for visas and green cards. In most cases, those immigrating with a minor child stand in line with their children. But even after approval, the process of getting a visa can take as long as decades.

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Shots - Health News
2:27 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Taking Statins May Make People Less Physically Active

Hey bro, taking statins does not give you a free ride in the exercise department.
MorelSO iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 6:47 am

People who take statin medications are less active than those not taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a study finds.

And that's a problem, because lack of activity increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as other diseases. That's just what the statins are supposed to prevent. So people may be canceling out the good work of the statins if they're putting in more couch time.

Our first thought was that these people were taking it easy because hey, who needs to sweat when those statins are hard at work lowering cholesterol?

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Education
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

President Obama is signing an executive order Monday, which will expand a loan forgiveness program for college debt. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at the program and the political salience of the issue.

Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat — And Keep Rowing Another 2,400 Miles

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

More people have summited Mount Everest than have rowed boats across the Pacific Ocean. Now, a new competition is trying to change that. The Great Pacific Race is the first ever ocean rowing event to cross the Pacific. Krista Almanzan of of member station KAZU reports that the inaugural race is set to kick off — as some 2,400 miles stretch before the competitors.

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Education
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

As College Tuition Soars, What Puts That Price Tag In Motion?

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We wanted to figure out why college costs have been rising so much, and Anya Kamenetz with the NPR Ed team joins me now to break down the numbers.

Anya, why don't we take the example of a working-class student at a four-year public university getting no help from mom and dad? What do the numbers look like?

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News
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit Reveals Vast Scale Of VA Waitlist Issues

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

Before former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down, he ordered an audit of the VA system, hoping to find how many hospitals were lying about wait times. The audit found that approximately 100,000 veterans are waiting too long for care at the VA.

Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

In Las Vegas Shootings, Some Suspect Roots In Anti-Government Militias

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

A married couple apparently killed two police officers and another woman in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, also killed in the shooting, appear to have held anti-government and anti-law enforcement views.

The Salt
11:23 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Fruit Juice Vs. Soda? Both Beverages Pack In Sugar, Health Risks

Better for you than soda? With 49 grams of fructose per liter, not much.
VoxFX/Flickr

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:28 pm

When it comes to choosing between sodas and juices in the beverage aisle, the juice industry has long benefited from a health halo.

We know that juice comes from fruit, while soda is artificial. In particular, the sugars in juice seem more "natural" than high fructose corn syrup — the main sweetener in so many sodas. After all, we've gotten rid of most of the soda we used to offer kids at school, but we still serve them lots of juice.

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Shots - Health News
11:19 am
Mon June 9, 2014

In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU

Oregon's experiment with end-of-life care is intended to keep frail elderly people out of the hospital if they don't wish it.
aloha_17 iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 3:41 am

Do you know how or where you want to die? At home? In a hospital? What measures you want doctors to take to prolong your life? In Oregon and more than a dozen other states, adults who are old and frail have been answering these questions and doctors write them up as orders.

Those doctor-backed instructions help protect people from unwanted medical intervention, a study finds.

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Music
11:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:20 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you are a fan of reggae - and you know what? - even if you aren't, then you certainly know Bob Marley and the Wailers.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IS THIS LOVE")

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: (Singing) I want to love you and treat you right. I want to love you, every day and every night. We'll be together.

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Mental Health
11:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

When A Killer Comes From Your Family

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:45 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Fashion For The Germophobe

Courtesy of Mouth Shutters

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 6:55 am

Can you feel it?

Like discrete clouds beginning to gather before a storm.

Not a trend, really. Not yet. But a tendency toward a trend. A trendency.

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Code Switch
7:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

The race question on the census is constantly changing.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:22 pm

This post has been updated.

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Shots - Health News
3:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Hospitals Put Pharmacists In The ER To Cut Medication Errors

Brian Micalizzi, a pharmacist at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, prepares an antibiotic prescribed to a patient in the emergency department.
Juan Pulido Courtesy of Children's Medical Center

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:47 am

In the emergency department at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, pharmacists who specialize in emergency medicine review each medication to make sure it's the right one in the right dose.

It's part of the hospital's efforts to cut down on medication errors and dangerous drug interactions, which contribute to more than 7,000 deaths across the country each year.

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Shots - Health News
3:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD

The stress of adult life can make living with undiagnosed ADHD very difficult, doctors say.
Jing Wei for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 7:33 am

As a child, Diany Levy was called lazy and unfocused. She remembers that teachers called home on a daily basis to tell her parents she was not paying attention in class. Now, at the age of 23, Diany has finally been diagnosed with the cause of her problems – ADHD.

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Religion
4:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

Mormon missionaries pray before the start of their Mandarin Chinese class at the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:01 am

On a sunny Wednesday in Provo, Utah, a long line of cars spits out about 300 new arrivals to the Missionary Training Center. The facility, known as MTC, is the largest language training school for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Every year, about 36,000 students come to the center before they leave on missions around the world to spread the Mormon faith.

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Around the Nation
2:31 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

How Bergdahl's Release Fits In The History Of Prisoner Exchanges

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 5:45 pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with military historian Paul Springer, author of America's Captives, about the history of prisoner exchanges in times of war.

Politics
10:02 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock

As New Jersey's fiscal outlook worsens, Gov. Chris Christie is fighting to ensure that a traffic scandal is the worst of his political problems as he eyes a 2016 presidential campaign.
AP

The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.

The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. He talked about the "Jersey Comeback" at town hall meetings, on TV and at ground-breaking events.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Eulogy For Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Nancy Robinson/Maya Angelou's Office AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 12:04 pm

This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., family, friends and dignitaries gathered to pay their final respects to author and poet Maya Angelou, who died last week.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Groom Raul Rodriguez rubs Belmont Stakes hopeful California Chrome at Belmont Park on Thursday.
Garry Jones AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 8:36 am

It's hard not to fall for a horse like California Chrome, a foal bred of ordinary parents who beats all odds and wins at the sport of kings. With Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes, he has a shot at the Triple Crown and a fairytale ending to his Cinderella story.

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National Security
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Vets Bring A 'Level Of Selflessness' To Service In Congress

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:04 pm

The number of veterans in Congress is at its lowest since World War II. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Seth Lynn of the Veterans Campaign about how he's trying to get those numbers back up.

Politics
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Returns To U.S. To Face Prisoner Release Issue

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:01 pm

This week the veterans health care scandal gave way to a new political storm over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as Washington editor Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Politics
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Senate Bill Would Crack Down On Auto Defects

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:04 pm

A GM investigation revealed the company's failure to fix a deadly defect in its cars. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about a law that would require more transparency.

National Security
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

The Long-Range Staying Power Of The B-52

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:03 pm

The B-52 bomber has recently undergone an overhaul of its communications systems. The aircraft has remained in continuous service since 1955. We look at what makes it so remarkable and enduring.

Politics
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Reassures Allies As He Honors D-Day Sacrifices

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:41 am

President Obama has had an eventful visit to Europe, which included attending the 70th D-Day commemoration in Normandy.

Animals
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Pink The Pelican Released After Pouch Surgery

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:41 am

In April, a California brown pelican's pouch was brutally slashed. Pink the pelican was released this week after successful surgery. NPR's Scott Simon talks with veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Duerr.

Shots - Health News
3:50 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Small Device Helps Severely Nearsighted Drivers Hit The Road

A view of Interstate 65 in Alabama through bioptic lenses, which allow people who are severely nearsighted to drive.
Dan Carsen WBHM

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:22 am

On an interstate heading into Birmingham, Ala., Dustin Jones merges a small white SUV into the flow of traffic. This might seem unremarkable, but Jones has a genetic condition that reduces his long-distance vision. Driving safely hadn't been an option for him, but now, with the help of a little device called a bioptic telescope, it is.

"Life without the ability to drive is exponentially harder," Jones says. "It's just very difficult to do anything at all."

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Armed Man Killed In Attack On Atlanta Courthouse

A photo released by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office shows Dennis Marx, who was shot and killed on Friday after wounding a deputy outside the courthouse in Cumming, Ga.
AP

A man armed with an assault rifle, several hand grenades, smoke bombs and tear gas opened fire on an Atlanta courthouse, where he was scheduled to plead guilty on drug charges Friday. The assault sparked a gunbattle with police that left the assailant dead and a deputy wounded.

The three-minute shootout ended in the death of Denis Marx, 48, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, who says the suspect had a history with the department, including at least two arrests on drug charges.

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