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Texted Reminders Help Parents Get Kids In For Flu Shots

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's hard enough to get kids in for one flu shot, let alone two. But when parents got texts that explained why the child needed a second dose, they were much more likely to get the job done.

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Looking To 2015, Economists See 5 Reasons To Celebrate

Monday, December 29, 2014

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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Morning Edition

Pa. Town To Ring In New Year With Giant Nail

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pennsylvania was once the national capital of nails. Never mind the ball drop in New York's Times Square, West Fairview will drop a 7-foot nail.

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Morning Edition

Supreme Court To Hear Case Against Obamacare In 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

There is another challenge to Obamacare. This one is not as high profile as the last one, but it has the power to gut the program. The high court may also decide to weigh in on the gay marriage issue.

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Morning Edition

Calif. Law Tries To Prevent Young Brains From Football Injuries

Monday, December 29, 2014

A California measure will limit the amount of full contact middle and high school football players can have during practice. The new law takes effect January 1.

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Morning Edition

Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

Monday, December 29, 2014

For kids to be exposed to reading, families have to have books to read to them, which isn't a given — especially in low-income areas. First Book works to get quality literature into those communities.

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Morning Edition

Nevada's Tesla Battery Factory Triggers Wave Of Follow-Up Business

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada to build its factory in exchange for an incentives package. It'll be built in a rural area East of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment.

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Morning Edition

Breaking Down This Year's Oscar Nominations

Monday, December 29, 2014

Oscar race voting begins Monday. An interesting possibility: Will an African American woman win for best director? David Greene talks to Kim Masters, editor at large for The Hollywood Reporter.

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Morning Edition

Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

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Morning Edition

Not Just A Man's Drink: Ladies Lead The Whiskey Renaissance

Monday, December 29, 2014

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.

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Morning Edition

Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

Monday, December 29, 2014

One of the primary tools that U.S. transportation departments count on to keep roads safe is road salt. But that has meant rising levels of chloride in many northern streams.

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All Things Considered

Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.

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All Things Considered

Hula Heroine Helped Preserve The Hawaiian Islands' Traditional Dance

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Aloha Dalire, a master of hula, in 1971 was the first winner of Hawaii's premier competition. She died in August, but her legacy continues through hula schools she helped open in Japan and the U.S.

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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

Sunday, December 28, 2014

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Most Americans know about the Underground Railroad, which allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North. But some slaves stayed in the South, hidden in a place where they could resist enslavement.

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All Things Considered

In West Virginia, Fear About Safety Of Drinking Water Persists

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A chemical spill earlier this year tainted the drinking water for residents throughout the Charleston region. NPR's Arun Rath talks to resident Nakeysha Bennett, whose son was born just two weeks after the spill.

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All Things Considered

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, Some Heroin Problems Persist

Saturday, December 27, 2014

In January 2014, more than 22 people in the region died from drug overdoses linked to especially potent heroin. NPR's Arun Rath gets an update from Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.

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All Things Considered

In New York, Some Police Funeral Rites Go Back To The Civil War

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today's funeral service in New York for the two police officers killed last week is part of a long tradition in that city — with modern-day additions like helicopters flying in formation.

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All Things Considered

Slain NYPD Officer's Funeral Draws Mourners From Around The Country

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The funeral for slain police officer Rafael Ramos was held today. Ramos, along with his partner, was gunned down by a man said to be avenging the killings of black men at the hands of police.

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All Things Considered

California Drought Hit Farmers, Farm Workers Especially Hard In 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cannon Michael, a sixth-generation farmer in Los Banos, Calif., tells NPR's Arun Rath how he lost almost 20 percent of his typical revenue and was forced to lay off several workers.

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