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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place, $1,800 at another.

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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

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Have You Broken A Wrist? Men Are At Risk Of Osteoporosis, Too

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A broken wrist may not seem like much, but it can be the first sign that you're headed for a broken hip or spinal fracture. Men often don't realize they are at risk of osteoporosis as they age.

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Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many companies planned to offer health insurance without hospital coverage because it met requirements of a "minimum value" formula. But the Treasury Department says those plans aren't legal.

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Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected measures to require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. Meanwhile, voters in Maui, Hawaii, approved a moratorium on GMO crops.

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Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota overwhelmingly approved minimum-wage hikes. Illinois voters approved a nonbinding wage-hike referendum. Recreational pot was approved in Oregon.

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Morning Edition

Colorado's Newest Senator, Cory Gardner, On His Agenda

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Colorado has a new Senator: Republican Cory Gardner, who defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about his priorities.

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The Strange Dating Games Of 1914

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Courting-and-sparking practices in America have been very weird for a very long time.

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Berkeley Decides To Try Taxing Away Its Soda Habit

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many cities and states have tried, but Berkeley, Calif., is the first to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The goal is to reduce sugar consumption to improve public health.

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Voters In Texas City Approve Ban On Fracking

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing. The vote in Denton is likely to face legal challenges.

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Morning Edition

Sen. Klobuchar Assesses Voters' Message

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota talks to Steve Inskeep about Tuesday's election results, and where Senate Democrats go from here now that Republicans have won control of the body.

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Morning Edition

Kansas Republicans Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

While Kansas is typically a deeply conservative red state, this year two of the party's leaders found themselves in fights for their political lives — and they won.

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Morning Edition

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Outshine Democratic Opponents

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Thirty-six governors were on the ballot Tuesday. Florida's Rick Scott, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Kansas' Sam Brownback were among the Republicans who won despite stiff challenges by Democrats.

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Morning Edition

Republicans Take Control Of U.S. Senate With N.C. Win

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The GOP picked up the seats needed to retake control of the Senate and then some — with major victories in North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado and Arkansas. They also added to their margin in the House.

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Morning Edition

Republican Candidates Swept; Democrats Wept

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The GOP won gubernatorial races, gained seats in the U.S. House and won a majority in the Senate. Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who won reelection in Kentucky, is in line to be majority leader.

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Morning Edition

After 8 Years, Republicans Win Control Of U.S. Senate

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The GOP scored major victories in the midterm elections. The wins reshape the political dynamic in Washington and complicate the legislative agenda for President Obama's final two years in office.

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Morning Edition

Charlotte's College Of Faith Lacks A Campus But Not A Football Team

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Normally, colleges create their football teams. But now we have the story of a football coach who created a college. It's an online school called College of Faith in Charlotte, N.C.

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Morning Edition

2-Day Appeal Hearing To Consider Ray Rice's NFL Case

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

An independent arbiter in New York on Wednesday begins hearing Ray Rice's appeal of his lifetime ban from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to testify, as are other key executives.

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Morning Edition

GOP Politicans From Texas Agree: It's A Great State

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

There are few things more satisfying than being a Republican in the great state of Texas. At the Moody Theater in Austin, Republican victors declared, when it comes to Texas, nothing's better.

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Morning Edition

Voters Decide Minimum Wage, Marijuana Ballot Measures

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Across the country, many voter initiatives were on the ballots. Minimum wage questions were on ballots in five states. In addition, three states and the District of Columbia voted on marijuana issues.

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