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Teachers Go Door-Knocking In Nashville

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In Nashville, Tenn., several public schools are struggling to compete with nearby charters. To recruit more students, teachers are tearing a page from the charter playbook: going door to door.

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Morning Edition

Health Law's Big Tent Still Leaves Some People Out

Thursday, December 04, 2014

About 10 million more people in the U.S. now have health insurance than did this time last year. But some immigrants, low-income adults and others are still falling through the gaps.

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All Things Considered

Justice Department Will Conduct Separate Inquiry Into Garner's Death

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Attorney General Holder, saying that this and other recent cases had frayed trust between authorities and the community, announced the investigation late Wednesday.

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All Things Considered

Garner's Father Encourages Peaceful Protest On Staten Island

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Large protests on Staten Island in response to the decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of a black man have been peaceful — in part thanks to the encouragement of his father.

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All Things Considered

On The History Of Chokeholds In The NYPD

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with Chris Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, on the use of chokehold in the New York City Police Department.

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All Things Considered

How Private Collectors Helped Make Miami An Art Destination

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Every December, tens of thousands of visitors descend on Miami. But they aren't there for the beaches; they're there for Art Basel, a giant art fair that private collectors helped lure to the city.

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Protesters Use #DieIn To Rally In Aftermath Of Grand Jury Decision

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The protests — at Grand Central Terminal and other places — follow the announcement that a New York police officer won't be indicted in the death of Eric Garner over the summer.

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17 States Sue Obama Over Immigration Actions

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Texas, which is leading the states, filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. State Attorney General Greg Abbott said the president's action "tramples" the Constitution.

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All Things Considered

In New York, Video Chat Trumps Quarantine To Combat TB

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ebola isn't the first dangerous microbe to spur calls for quarantine in American cities. But as New York City's experience with drug-resistant tuberculosis suggests, isolation isn't always best.

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All Things Considered

California Storm Brings Welcome Rain During Record-Setting Drought

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

It rained again on Wednesday in California — welcome news to just about everyone. The state is in the midst of a record-setting drought. But the state will need a lot more rain to change the long term outlook. And some residents in areas affected by wildfires are guarding against mud and debris flows.

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All Things Considered

Texas Puts Execution Of Mentally Ill Man On Hold

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A federal appeals court stayed the execution of Scott Panetti in Texas on Wednesday. He was scheduled to die for murdering his mother and father-in-law. Panetti is mentally ill and his case is focused attention on capital punishment and mental illness.

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All Things Considered

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Police Officer In Chokehold Case

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A grand jury in New York City has decided not to indict a police officer for using a chokehold on a suspect who later died.

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All Things Considered

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.

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Hey, College Kids: You Really Can Minor In Craft Beer Studies

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Paul Smith's College, in upstate New York, is among a handful of higher ed institutions offering coursework in craft beer. Be forewarned: The classes are heavier on the science than the partying.

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Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sure, you just wanted to take a peek at Facebook. But that can chill a relationship, especially if you and your love aren't on the same page about when it's OK to use technology.

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Federal Court Halts Execution Of Mentally Ill Texas Prisoner

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Scott Panetti was diagnosed with the beginnings of schizophrenia. During his trial, he defended himself dressed as a cowboy and insisted he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

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Storm Brings Much-Needed Rain To Southern California

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The rain led to evacuation orders amid fears of mudslides, but after a drought that's going into its fourth year, the precipitation was a welcome sight.

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Morning Edition

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

On Wednesday, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for killing his in-laws. Panetti is mentally ill, and there are last-minute efforts underway to halt his execution.

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Morning Edition

When Big Money Leads To Diplomatic Posts

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed as U.S. ambassadors by the Senate on Tuesday. But some bad performances in confirmation hearings are raising questions about the practice.

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Morning Edition

NYPD Hopes Garner Case Doesn't Trigger Ferguson-Like Violence

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A grand jury in New York could reach a decision as soon as Wednesday in the case of Eric Garner. His death caused an uproar after a video showed him being placed in a choke-hold by a NYPD officer.

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