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Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In 1983, the high court ruled judges can't jail people because they're too poor to pay their fines and fees. But an NPR investigation found judges still use jail time as punishment for nonpayment.

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Without A Marijuana Breathalyzer, How To Curb Stoned Driving?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Legal pot sales are growing in Colorado, and the state has a marijuana DUI blood standard for drivers. But without a pot breathalyzer, it's hard to measure how high someone is.

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For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Morning Edition

Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Gay-Marriage Ban

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The ruling is the latest in a growing cascade of federal and state court decisions declaring a right to marry for gay couples.

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All Things Considered

Child Abuse Victims Bring Some Unlikely Backup: Bikers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the U.S., and victims often find themselves feeling helpless. But some children are getting assistance from a group of unlikely heroes — on motorcycles. Gloria Hillard reports on Bikers Against Child Abuse, an organization that promises to support scared kids on their way to court.

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Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Warmer weather in Australia and Siberia helped make last month the hottest April on record, tying levels last seen in 2010. Climate change may be putting landmarks like the Statue of Liberty at risk.

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North Carolina Union Seeks To Enlist College Athletes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The move comes two months after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that athletes at Northwestern University are school employees and therefore are entitled to form a union.

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Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Almost half the states have passed laws easing access to marijuana for medical or recreational use. But most Americans have reservations, especially when it comes to access by young people.

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Judge Refuses To Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A federal judge refused to drop any of the 14 corruption charges against Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. He also refused a motion to have them tried separately.

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E-Cigarette Users May End Up Paying More For Insurance

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tobacco users often have to pay higher premiums for health insurance, and it's not clear if switching to e-cigarettes will help them escape that fate. A lot depends on what federal agencies decide.

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Wait! Don't Spend That Graduation Cash Just Yet

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Graduates are receiving wads of cash and checks this season, and it may be burning a hole in their pockets. Personal finance counselor Louis Barajas gives ideas on how to use the money wisely.

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Can Donald Sterling Save Himself From The NBA?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The NBA is taking official steps to kick the LA Clippers owner out of the league. ESPN's Pablo Torre talks about Sterling's legal options and whether this story is overshadowing the playoff games.

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Waiting At VA Hospitals: A Matter Of Life And Death

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs is under scrutiny after reports say it makes patients wait too long to see doctors. NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence discusses what happened and the possible fallout.

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'Yooper' Blooper: Dictionary Misspells New Entry

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Merriam-Webster has added 150 words to its Collegiate Dictionary, but it forgot to include the "p" in its pronunciation guide to "Yooper" — a term describing people from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Where do middle-class workers feel richest? Where does the cost of living take the biggest bite?

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Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Teens have always been creative about repurposing household products in search of a high, and they're getting help from social media. Parents are wondering how to tell danger from harmless hype.

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Tupelo Man Who Sent Ricin Letters To Obama Gets 25-Year Sentence

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After late wrangling that included a threat to withdraw his guilty plea and an offer to eat poison in a sandwich, J. Everett Dutschke accepted a 25-year prison sentence.

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Ah, Commencement. Caps, Gowns And Mispronounced Names

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's commencement. You are responsible for calling hundreds of students, one by one, to the stage. Every parent is anxiously waiting for you to pronounce his kid's name — correctly. What do you do?

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Morning Edition

Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR state-by-state survey found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees.

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