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Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:24am

While 25 states have passed right-to-work laws, Democrats in the Kentucky Legislature have long blocked attempts to pass legislation. Now there's a county-by-county effort to pass these laws locally.

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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:22am

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. They want to move the waste to two abandoned clay mines.

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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:15am

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.

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It's Hard Getting Work When The Government Says You're Dead

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:56am

Judy Rivers told a Senate panel she had trouble getting a job after being declared dead by the Social Security Administration. She was accidentally placed in the agency's "Death Master File."

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She's Behind The Billy: Hide And Seek At Ikea

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

The chain says no to giant games of hide and seek in its European stores. Ikea let it happen once in Belgium. But when thousands wanted to play in the Netherlands, it said it wouldn't be safe.

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A Chinese Immigrant Gets His California Law License, 125 Years Later

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Hong Yen Chang was denied the chance to practice law in California more than a century ago because of his race. This week, the California Supreme Court posthumously granted him a law license.

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Four Tropic Cyclones At Once: How Unusual Is That?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Four tropical cyclones have been sweeping through the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. One slammed into the island nation of Vanuatu. Having four cyclones at once is rare but not unheard of.

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A History Of West Bank Settlements

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

As Morning Edition wraps up its series on the role of land and identity in the Israel-Palestine conflict, Steve Inskeep talks to Israeli author Gershom Gorenberg about the history of the settlements.

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In Mexico, A Fight Over Press Freedom

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

A Mexican broadcaster has fired one of the country's most prestigious journalists and set off a firestorm over freedom of expression and the press.

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Republicans Get Their Turn To Present Budget Plans

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Congressional Republicans are expected to unveil their budget proposals this week. David Wessel of the Brookings Institution looks at key differences between the GOP plan and the White House's.

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The 'Irish Melodies' Of Poet Thomas Moore

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman about 18th century poet Thomas Moore. He's best known for the famed, "Irish Melodies."

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In NCAA Women's Bracket, UConn Is Easily The Top Seed

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

The NCAA has selected the teams for the women's basketball championships and, no surprise, UConn is the No. 1 seed. Some say all the other contenders are just playing for second place.

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Boko Haram Said To Train Child Soldiers

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Around 80 children discovered at a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon were being trained as child soldiers. Christopher Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute describes efforts to help them.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Faces A Big Test As Israelis Head To Polls

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

The Israeli prime minister has warned his party may lose in Tuesday's election. That's despite his recent speech before the U.S. Congress that was expected to give him an advantage.

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California Bar Grants Admission To Chinese Immigrant 125 Years Later

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Hong Yen Chang was admitted to the California Bar posthumously. He was denied the opportunity to practice law more than a century ago under a state law that discriminated against Chinese immigrants.

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In Intense Desert Training, A Dozen Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:22am

The Marines are being tested in California's Mojave Desert to see if they have what it takes to serve in infantry units. Injuries in earlier training kept another dozen women from getting that far.

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A New Community Rises In The West Bank ... And It's Not Israeli

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:21am

Much of the new building in the territory involves Jewish settlements. The Palestinians now have a new city, but the project has been slowed because until recently Israel did not allow a water hookup.

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Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:18am

Traditional country musicians, the kind who never get airplay on mainstream country radio stations, are thriving in regional scenes supported by devoted live audiences.

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Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:17am

As the Austin, Texas, music festival enters its 28th year, concerns continue over corporate branding and security.

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A Word Of Advice To Baseball Players: Sneeze Carefully

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:04am

The Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar was sidelined after straining an oblique muscle during a violent sneeze. Other players have gotten hurt while hopping out of a truck or climbing out of a hot tub.

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