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Teen Pregnancy Down; Against NY’s Gun Laws; Cantor’s Speech

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley talks about why the city’s teen pregnancy rate has been on the decline over the past decade, and why the Bronx still has the highest rate in the country. Then, Thomas King of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association explains why the group is against new state gun laws. Plus: your stories on navigating the differences between Western and alternative medicine; the obstacles to higher education for first generation college students; and allegations of fraud against S&P.

Where Did All the Teen Pregnancies Go?

Teen pregnancies in New York City have plummeted 27 percent in the past 10 years. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, explains why on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opposing NY's New Gun Laws

Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the official NRA-affiliated State Association in New York, talks about the group's response to Gov. Cuomo's new gun laws, NY-SAFE, including filing a notice of legal claim against it.

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Allegations of Fraud Against S&P

The U.S. Justice Department has brought civil fraud charges against the credit-ratings agency Standard & Poor's. Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, explains what the suit means.

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Cantor, Obama, and the Future of Dems vs. Repubs

Yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a high-profile policy speech "outlining initiatives to 'Make Life Work'." Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal politics reporter, discusses the proposals, the future of the GOP, and the looming fiscal negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

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Harder Climb to Higher Education

Jason DeParle, senior writer at The New York Times and author of American Dream, and Kristen Harris, director of College Guidance at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering and chairman of The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY), talk about some of the issues first generation college students face.

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Weighing Western and Alternative Medicine

Susannah Meadows writes the Newly Released column for The New York Times and wrote a personal essay in The New York Times Magazine this weekend. She discusses weighing western and alternative treatment options for her son.

 

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