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Uber Settles 2 Lawsuits Over Whether Drivers Are Employees Or Contractors

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Uber will pay up to $100 million to settle the suits, and drivers will stay independent contractors, not employees, in California and Massachusetts, just as the ride-booking company had maintained.

Sprinkled Among Prince's Hits Were Underappreciated Gems

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Music icon Prince died on Thursday at the age of 57. NYU professor Zaheer Ali and Prince biographer Toure, who prefers using only his first name, talk about some of the artist's lesser-known classics.

On Earth Day, Nations To Sign Off On Historic Climate Pact

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

More than 100 nations will sign the climate change deal agreed to in December. It will eventually commit nealy all the world's governments to cut back on greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

Prince Lived Outside The Confines Of Genre, Race And Gender

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Music fans are still reeling from the news that Prince died on Thursday at age 57. People are gathering to pay their respects. In New York, there was a party beneath the marquee of the Apollo Theater.

GOP Presidential Campaigns Zero In On Party's Spring Meeting

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

The Republican National Committee is meeting this week in Hollywood, Florida. Delegates from across the country are gathered there ahead of July's presidential nominating convention in Cleveland. Interest in the spring meeting is heightened by the uncertainly that is dominating the party convention, and what rules will guide the nominating process there.

'Lab Girl': An Homage To The Wonders Of All Things Green

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Renee Montagne talks with geobiologist Hope Jahren about her book Lab Girl. Jahren studies plants, seeds and soil. Her passion for science started as a little girl spending hours in her father's lab.

Do Felons Make Good Employees?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Employers often rule out applicants with felony convictions. Data show when the military made an exception and allowed people with felony convictions to enlist, they performed better than their peers.

Obama, In London, Encourages Britain To Stay In The European Union

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

President Obama is expected to use a town hall even in London to lobby the British public to remain in the European Union. Britain holds a referendum this June on whether to leave the E.U. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to the BBC's Jonny Dymond about Obama's trip.

Changing How We Police In Baltimore Is Going To Be A Journey, Chief Davis Says

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

This week marks one year since Freddie Gray died in Baltimore. He had been taken into police custody and died a week later in a hospital. Lourdes Garcia Navarro talks to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis about what's changed over the past year.

Staying Out Of The Hollywood Spotlight, Prince's Mystique Grew

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

The musician Prince has died. The influential and successful recording artist had a few major moments on television. In remembering Prince, many have cited his performance at the 2007 Super Bowl as one of his greatest shows.

Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinic To Stop Accepting New Patients

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:39am

The growing veterans population in places like Clarksville, Tenn., is straining resources at VA clinics and making it difficult for vets to get nearby medical care.

'I Can Smell The Dirt And The Fear': Up From Soil, The Soul Of A Law Career

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:35am

Vito de la Cruz grew up in a family of migrant farm workers in the 1960s. And, though the Yale-educated lawyer is now far from those fields, he's still motivated by the memory of a brutal day.

Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:02pm

After a decline throughout the '90s, suicide rates have reversed course. Suicide has increased in almost every age group over the last 15 years.

Police Accuse Man Of Selling Fake Tickets To Broadway's 'Hamilton'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:15am

Hamilton tickets are almost impossible to get. But one man seemed to have connections. Prosecutors in New York have indicted him for forging tickets to the hit show and selling them on Craigslist.

Midwife Navigates Texas Flood Waters On Inflatable Swan

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 5:57am

Cathy Allen Rude needed to reach a mother in labor, but her plan to use a kayak fell through. When a neighbor floated by on an inflatable swan, she hitched a ride. She arrived in time for the birth.

For Tenn. Gov. Weighing Therapist Religious Objection Bill, It's All About Values

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 5:02am

Bill Haslam is a moderate Republican in immoderate Republican times. He also just vetoed a bill that would have designated the Holy Bible the state book of Tennessee.

A View From Appalachia: Knoxville

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

One of the issues that came up among voters across the Appalachian region is medical care. Insure Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam's alternative to Obamacare, is faltering. Steve Inskeep talks to Knoxville's mayor about how it has been received in her city. Also, Chris Green of Berea College discusses the political leanings of the Appalachia region in a tumultuous election year.

Many Music Fans Discover The Rich And Complex Heritage Of The South

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Ashley Capps, a music promoter in Knoxville, Tennessee, tells Steve Inskeep that a cultural and musical renaissance is happening in the small town South. Capps founded the Bonnaroo Music Festival, an alternative music festival in Knoxville which attracts 80,000 people each year. And, Chris Green of Berea College weighs in on the origins of country music in Appalachia.

A View From Appalachia - Whitesburg, Kentucky

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

In Whitesburg, Kentucky, more than 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. It's an area once known for coal mining but most of those jobs have dried up. Limited job opportunities force many residents to leave. But some peple find their way back: Elizabeth Sanders and Brad Shepherd both found ways to create employment for themselves in Whitesburg.

In Economic Troubled Appalachia, Which Presidential Candidates Are Favored?

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Morning Edition continues exploring different regions of the country asking how your vote — as well as your view of the world — is influenced by where you live.We'll hear from Appalachia — the mountain region that stretches from New York to the Deep South. This remains a region where incomes lag well behind the national average.

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