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New Orleans District Moves To An All-Charter System

Friday, May 30, 2014

Charter schools have lifted test scores and graduation rates in New Orleans, but racial disparities remain a problem as charters are given responsibility for nearly all the city's children.

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Morning Edition

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

Friday, May 30, 2014

VA Sec. Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after meeting with President Obama. Obama praised Shinseki, but said the retired general feels that new leadership is needed to address the department's problems.

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Morning Edition

VA Secretary Apologizes For 'Indefensible' Treatment Delays

Friday, May 30, 2014

Addressing a homeless veterans group Friday, Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki says he will support a bill that would strengthen his office's ability to hire and fire staff within the VA system.

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Tsarnaev Friend Accused Of Impeding Boston Bombing Investigation

Friday, May 30, 2014

Khairullozhon Matanov lied and destroyed evidence about his contacts with the Tsarnaev brothers in the immediate aftermath of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, according to an indictment.

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Cracks Appear On Ledge Of Chicago's Willis Tower

Friday, May 30, 2014

When some tourists stepped out onto the glass ledge 103 floors up, they heard cracking. An official insists it was just the protective coating that shattered beneath their feet.

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Judge Rules Tenn. Town Can Change Its Name To Rocky Top

Friday, May 30, 2014

The song 'Rocky Top' is about a fictional place in the Tennessee hills. Developers wanted to change the name of an existing town to Rocky Top but the song's publisher tried to stop them.

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SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Reveals New Spacecraft

Friday, May 30, 2014

The private space flight company SpaceX has unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule at its California headquarters. Founder Elon Musk has promised to make space flight inexpensive.

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Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

Friday, May 30, 2014

The latest mass shooting has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the mental health system. On Thursday, psychologists and others urged Congress to do more.

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Sen. Corker Wants More Lasting Show Of Force In Eastern Europe

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations panel, says President Obama's recent West Point speech should be thrown "in the trash can" in favor of tougher foreign policy goals.

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IMF Predicts Europe's Economic Growth Will Continue To Be Weak

Friday, May 30, 2014

The U.S. economy is recovering slowly. Europe's economy is doing much worse. David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution, who is back from a European Central Bank forum.

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Morning Edition

During A Drought, Senior Water-Rights Holders Have Privileges

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amid California's drought, some big farmers and corporations have unrestricted water because of special deals. David Greene talks to Jay Lund, a water resources professor at UC Davis.

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Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are songs that just make people want to get up and shake their booty. Why? Scientists say the most enticing rhythms have something missing — beats that your body can't help but fill in.

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Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City

Thursday, May 29, 2014

After a contentious half-year, Irwindale's City Council and Sriracha-maker David Tran have come to an agreement: His factory stays put and the spicy scent stays in the bottle.

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All Things Considered

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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Hot Sauce Art: LA Museum Honors Sriracha and Tapatio

Thursday, May 29, 2014

For an exhibition called "LA Heat," the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles asked 30 artists to come up with new works inspired by two homegrown hot sauce heroes: Sriracha and Tapatio.

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All Things Considered

As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even since the Dust Bowl.

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Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is shedding light on some unexpected consequences of being convicted of a crime — everything from troubles with employment to bans in public housing. The group says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness.

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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Anonymous Man Starts Internet Frenzy By Giving Away Cash

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A man who says he cleared a big profit in a real-estate deal has been giving away money, hiding $50 or $100 at a time in California cities. More than 250,000 are following his clues on Twitter.

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'Oh My Jesus!': Shots Fired During NPR Interview In Chicago

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Correspondent David Schaper was speaking on tape with a community activist about efforts to clean up a Chicago neighborhood when a burst of gunfire erupted down the street.

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