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Ill. Gov. Removes Medicaid Coverage From Heroin Treatment Bill

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Gov. Bruce Rauner acknowledges his state is dealing with a serious heroin addiction crisis, but he is stripping a key provision from a measure aimed at tackling the problem.

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Americans Looking For Affordable Degrees Head To Germany

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

More Americans are studying for graduate degrees in Germany, where many programs are taught in English and tuition is usually free. (This piece first aired on June 28, 2015 on Weekend Edition Sunday).

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Survivor Of 'Bloody Sunday,' Amelia Boynton Robinson, Dies At 104

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

In 50 years, Amelia Boynton Robinson went from being beaten on a bridge in Selma, Ala., to being pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair alongside President Obama.

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Bordelons: The Deaths Since Katrina Were Worse Than The Hurricane

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Colleen Bordelon's family was the first to return to their block in Saint Bernard Parish, outside New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, all the men in the immediate family have died.

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China's Economic Slowdown Further Hurts Depressed Commodity Prices

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Turmoil in global stock markets have grabbed headlines, in large part due to China's shaky economy. For months, commodities worldwide have also been plunging, and much of that can be linked to China.

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:08am

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set an all-time record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:07am

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.

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'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:06am

One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:05am

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.

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The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:04am

The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.

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Why Shooters Record Themselves In The Act

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03am

The Virginia shooter who murdered two TV journalists allegedly recorded the attack himself. Experts say wearable cameras will become a regular part of the toolkit for killers who want attention.

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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:02am

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.

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In Britain, Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:56am

Wild swans — which all belong by law to the Queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.

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Sister Versus Sister

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

Uzo Aduba and her sister Chioma revisit their childhoods with a game about '80s TV show theme songs. The winner gets to watch TV after dinner!

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On The Double

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

We double dare you to try your hand at this final round-- every answer contains the word "double."

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Cooking The Books

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

Not all cookbooks are actually about food. Play along and mash up the titles of famous books with various delicacies. Who could forget Truman Capote's classic novel, In Cold Blood Sausage?

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Take Me To This River

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

In this game, Jonathan Coulton sings Al Green's classic Take Me to the River to be about, you guessed it, various rivers of the world. Somehow, we made a geography game fun and exciting!

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Random Questions With: Uzo Aduba

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

Uzo Aduba admits she quit acting the same day she was offered the part of Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black.

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Top Of The Morning

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

A toponym is a word derived from a geographical place name, like "champagne" or "sandwich" — play along as we ask them to identify other (lesser-known) toponyms.

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Hello Little Friend

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

In the classic scene from Scarface, Al Pacino's little friend is a grenade launcher. In this game, it might be any number of things that rhyme with "fren'" (if we're being accent-picky).

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