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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling That Upheld Alabama's Gerrymandering

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices called a district court decision that upheld the state's redistricting plan, which overloaded some districts with black Democrats, "legally erroneous."

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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Morning Edition

SAT Prep Test Misquotes Taylor Swift

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Princeton Review wanted to use a line from her song "Fifteen" as an example of bad grammar. The problem is the lyric in question was misquoted.

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Morning Edition

ACLU Sues To Gain Access To TSA's Behavioral Profiling Program

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The TSA has trained agents to spot terrorists by watching body language. Government watchdogs say the program is a waste of money, based on faulty science, and leads to racial profiling.

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Morning Edition

John Urschel Balances Math Career With Pro Football Risks

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

John Urschel is an offensive linesman for the Baltimore Ravens, and he's also a published mathematician. He talks to David Greene about his love of math and why he plays in the NFL.

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Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Frederick Hutson disrupted the biggest captive market in America. While in prison, he honed a business plan and re-imagined that system as an untapped consumer base.

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Morning Edition

Female Marines Make Adjustments To Advance In Combat Training

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the Mojave Desert, female Marines are taking part in simulated combat for the first time working alongside men in combat roles. Renee Montage talks to Sgt. Kelly Brown, who we first met last fall.

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'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.

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Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?

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Remote Jailing Cuts Off Inmates From Real-World Support System

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

County jails that send inmates far away to serve short-term sentences can be a cost-saver to local governments. But it could have major consequences when prisoners are released.

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Morning Edition

Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal- and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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All Things Considered

Retired Oakland Police Officer Recruits Locals To Police Their Own City

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Police departments around the county are under pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might improve by increasing the number of cops who live there.

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All Things Considered

Lessons In Moving Forward On Race From A 40-Year Mayor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is retiring after 10 terms. "I sought this job ... mainly to help build a bridge between the African-American and the white community," he says.

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All Things Considered

Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

While industry and government officials agree something needs to be done to prevent the tens of thousands of debilitating injuries among nursing staff, nobody can agree how to enforce it.

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California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.

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From A Congresswoman To A 'Queen,' Girl's Dress-Up Photo Series Rolls On

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Photos of 5-year-old Lily Bushelle dressed up as heroines of African-American history have gone viral. Her family is finding new icons to continue their series.

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Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.

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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Early efforts to test legal marijuana are finding that it's got lots of buzzworthy THC. But it can also have fungus, chemical residue and bacteria. What that means for health and safety isn't clear.

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Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Almost all registered nurses are women, but men in the profession are paid more, a study finds. The differences were especially startling in outpatient settings and for nurse anesthetists.

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Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Slang words come and go — and some stay on forever.

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