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Are NOLA Schools Failing Students With Disabilities?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:46am

In New Orleans, nine of ten children attend charter schools. But parents and activists say the city's nearly all-charter system is failing many children with disabilities.

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:36am

The 25th anniversary of the holiday special brings together keyboard players of all stripes. Harold Mabern, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut play seasonal favorites for solo piano.

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Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:16am

A pianist who brought bebop to New Orleans and an educator to generations of music students, the elder Marsalis has become a father figure of modern jazz to more than just his famous sons.

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SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:44pm

A big band from Brazil has developed a unique, jazz-influenced take on a holiday tradition. Maestro Spok and his 17-piece crew present an adventurous program at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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Episode 584: What The Lebron?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:49pm

Some guys have figured out how to sell Nike sneakers for a better price than Nike. And that's fine with the company.

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Rep. Steve King, The Unlikeliest Amnesty Supporter

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:44pm

Rep. Michele Bachmann joked with reporters that the noted conservative "called up the president" and begged him to declare amnesty on immigration.

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Delinquent Mine Fines: 'Clearly Troubling ... More Can Be Done'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:21pm

"We have tools in place to crack down on these scofflaws, but what's missing is a stronger commitment," says John Kline, a key House Republican.

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Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:14pm

Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who was born in Mississippi but lent his soulful voice to hits for Detroit's Motown Records, died Monday at age 78, according to reports.

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Oh, The Places You'll Go: Toilet Signs Try To Help (And Often Fail)

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:57pm

Do I squat or sit? What can I flush? Is there even a way to flush? Signs from around the world aim to answer your vital toilet questions. Sometimes they're helpful. Sometimes they're just ... weird..

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Senate 'Torture Report' Findings Expected This Year

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:56pm

An executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's two-year-old report will be made public before Democrats relinquish control of the Senate in January.

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U.N. Commissioner For Human Rights Faces Challenges In Iraq, Syria

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:54pm

Robert Siegel talks to Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, about the abuses in Syria and Northern Iraq.

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Bush Pilot Helps Rural Alaskan Police Explore Isolated Villages

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:52pm

The troopers who police rural Alaska can't do their jobs without a good bush pilot to fly them into remote areas. In Bristol Bay, that pilot is John Bouker.

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Guantanamo Nurse Could Be Discharged For Not Force-Feeding Detainees

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:42pm

Melissa Block speaks with the attorney for a Navy nurse who faces a potential discharge from the military for refusing to continue administering forced-feedings at Guantanamo.

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Old Man Winter Knocks Hard On One Buffalo, N.Y., Resident's Door

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:39pm

An unseasonable storm has dropped five feet of snow in 10 counties in western New York State. Melissa Block talks to Chris Hazard about how snow crashed into her family home in Buffalo.

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Sen. Angus King: Executive Action On Immigration Could Backfire

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:36pm

Melissa Block talks with Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent, about his decision to vote "no" on the Keystone XL pipeline and his thoughts on Obama's plan to take executive action on immigration.

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For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:27pm

Noelle Johnson has about $20,000 in student loans and is still working on her degree. Without the higher earnings a B.A. can bring, even a modest student debt load can pose a big challenge.

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Huge Dazzling Billboard Fights For Attention In Times Square

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

In a city of superlatives, New York City now has another notch in its belt — the largest billboard. It's hard to get anyone's attention in Times Square, but one billboard a city block long might just be able to do it.

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1 Million American Pension Plans Could Be Insolvent In 10 Years

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

The agency in charge of insuring private-sector pension plans is warning about big problems on the horizon. The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation projects that several large multi-employer plans will become insolvent within the next decade.

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No Child Left Behind, Pre-K Programs Could Be On New Congress' Agenda

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

With Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Congress may push for change on several big education issues, including a rewrite of the law known as No Child Left Behind. But it's also clear that, even on classroom issues that seem to have bipartisan support — including Pre-K funding — Democrats and Republicans may have trouble compromising.

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