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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 23:09

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Health Care Can Be Key To A Better Life For Former Inmates

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 23:08

The sheriff's department in San Francisco is now enrolling inmates in post-jail health coverage as soon as they enter the system. But even with insurance, former inmates can have trouble getting care.

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Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 16:58

Immigration was a key issue in Tuesday's primary. Rep. Eric Cantor's defeat may discourage others from promoting policy changes. But some advocates say the outlook for overhaul isn't so bleak.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 16:45

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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What gadgets are the (college) kids using these days?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:22
<a href="http://marketplaceapm.polldaddy.com/s/gadgets">View Survey</a>

Emirates Nixes Order For 70 Airbus A350s

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 14:07

The Dubai-based airline says the contract for the new planes, which was worth $16 billion, had "lapsed," but did not elaborate.

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Trivia: Who was the last PhD economist in Congress?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:56

A trivia question that will perhaps win you a drink at happy hour tonight (but probably only if you're at a weird politico-economic happy hour in Washington, DC).

Dave Brat, now the Republican nominee for Eric Cantor's seat, is a PhD economist. He'll be the only one in Congress.

So here's the question:

Who was the last one?

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Answer: Democrat Tom Lantos from California.

Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:40

Much of Florida was designed with cars, not people, in mind. Four of the state's metro areas top the nation in pedestrian deaths per capita. Now, planners in Orlando are working hard to change that.

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Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:16

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:08

The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version.

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To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 13:00

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at the role that conservative media may have played in the upset defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Republican primary.

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Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:41

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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Bergdahl's Writings Provide A Window Into His Thoughts

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:26

The writings were obtained by The Washington Post, which also reported that the Army sergeant had previously been discharged by the Coast Guard for psychological reasons.

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A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:26

One music teacher has used tablets to change life for students at a New York school. The members of the school's orchestra have learning disabilities. For some, the band has opened up their world.

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Fracking is buoying up the Mississippi barge business

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:01

We check in with Austin Golding from time to time to see how his business is doing. He’s the co-owner of Golding Barge Line down in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He says after a rough drought last year, things are looking up. The river is flowing nice and high and there is new demand from a burgeoning industry.

“We’ve really benefited from becoming a true source of quick transportation for anything fracked in this country. The domestic crude oil, the natural gas, the natural gasoline is all being moved by barge now and kind of a new wave of product we’ll be moving soon is the actual fracking water. They’ve been really trying to find a safe way to move it in bulk, so right now we’re working with the coast guard to determine what form of regulation will be placed upon that cargo. But we’re excited because we feel like we’re a great option to move that throughout the country in a safe and efficient manner.” 

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

How Border Patrol Handles The Immigrant Children Streaming Into Texas

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:00

Vast numbers of Central American children are streaming into the U.S., overwhelming the agencies charged with their care. Outbreaks of chicken pox and scabies have been reported at some centers.

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From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:00

Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, addresses questions about the flood of unaccompanied immigrant children and their detention in an immigrant system built for adults.

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Las Vegas Shooting Returns Police Attention To Bundy's Ranch

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:00

Las Vegas police are now confirming that law enforcement officials made three prior contacts with the suspects of a recent shooting spree that left five people dead, including two police officers. Authorities found no indication during those visits that Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, planned to carry out violence. The couple's anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiments continue to be the focus of the investigation.

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As News Of Cantor's Upset Settles, A Shakeup Still Looms On The Hill

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:00

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was upset in his district's Republican primary, a defeat that has sent shock waves through the GOP, from the party's leadership down through the rank and file.

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Half A Million Iraqis Flee As Militants Move South

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-11 12:00

The militant advance in Iraq continued south as hundreds of thousands flee Mosul, a northern city which recently fell. NPR's Alice Fordham reports from northern Iraq on what the refugees and leaders are saying about the fast-moving extremist storm.

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