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Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul have proposed legislation that would overhaul the American criminal justice system. For more about the REDEEM act, guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Booker.

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Casino Boat Runs Aground Off Georgia Coast In Maiden Voyage

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So far, the Coast Guard has been unable to move the boat, though all of the passengers have been evacuated.

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Morning Edition

3 Vintage VW Buses Stolen From Hotel Parking Lot

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Tillamook cheese vans, which are bright orange, were on a publicity tour in Sacramento, Calif. Two men have been arrested.

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Morning Edition

YMCA Campers Mistaken For Migrant Kids Headed For Detention

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Protesters in Oracle, Ariz., are concerned about migrant children reaching the U.S. State Rep. Adam Kwasman says he saw a yellow bus full of kids, their faces full of fear. The kids were campers.

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Morning Edition

House Approves $11 Billion To Keep Highway Fund Solvent

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The House has passed a bill that adds 10 months worth of money into the Highway Trust Fund. The account runs dry next month unless Congress acts. Hundreds of projects could be jeopardized.

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Morning Edition

Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The measure is unlikely to pass, however, they are hoping to give Democrats a boost in contested states this fall by getting single female voters fired up to head to the polls.

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Morning Edition

LA Street Gangs Spread To Central America Causing International Threat

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to Carlos Dada of ElFaro.net in El Salvador and Robert Lopez of the Los Angeles Times about the violence which has motivated thousands of children to try to escape to the U.S.

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Morning Edition

Craft Beer Reaches New Depths As Mainers Brew A Batch From Seaweed

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A craft brewer in Maine is partnering with a most unusual item — seaweed. If the beer takes off, the state's emerging seaweed aquaculture industry may benefit.

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Morning Edition

Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Being the parent of a teenager can be uniquely stressful even in the best of times. But seeking advice from other parents can help, as can spending one-on-one time with that button-pushing kid.

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Morning Edition

Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.

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California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Residents will have to pay for wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down driveways and washing a car without a shut-off nozzle.

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Highway Bill As Establishment Vs. Tea Party, Chapter 943

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The same groups that pushed for tactics that resulted in a government shutdown in 2013 urged a "no" vote on a short-term highway bill Tuesday.

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Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If kicking the can down the road were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington. A short-term fix for highway spending is just the latest contribution.

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University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In a case sent back by the Supreme Court last year, a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the university's use of race as a factor in admissions is acceptable. Plaintiffs have vowed to appeal.

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All Things Considered

A Peacock Murder Mystery: (Pea)Fowl Play In California

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The boisterous birds are a familiar sight in an upscale community near LA, but in recent years they've become a source of conflict. Now, someone is killing them — 20 in the past six months alone.

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What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's not easy to scan a baby brain, so scientists used a kind of scanner that lets the infants wiggle at will. They could see how speech sounds activate motor regions in babies' brains.

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All Things Considered

Fate Of Decades-Old Cigar Factory Dangles By A Phrase

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Florida once had 150 cigar factories but now there's just one left. The J.C. Newman company worries that new FDA rules on cigars may put it out of business. Now, it's enlisting the help of elected officials in Florida.

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All Things Considered

California Rolls Out Statewide Restrictions On Water Use

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

California is set to impose mandatory water restrictions Tuesday. Urban water users will be prohibited from spraying down pavement, watering landscaping in a way that causes runoff and running fountains that do not re-circulate their water.

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Why Some Politicians Turn Down Free Money

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.

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Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The former chief law enforcement officers face 23 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice and other charges. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert calls it "a black eye" for the state.

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