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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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