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Water Dispute Heightens Tensions Between U.S., Mexico

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mexico and the United States are supposed to share water according to a 70-year-old treaty that aims to protect each nation's needs. But prolonged drought is testing that relationship. Mexico is behind by 38 percent on its deliveries.

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Senators Rand Paul And John McCain Differ On Syria Strikes

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona approach the question of military strikes on Syria from opposite wings of the Republican Party. Paul from the isolationist wing and McCain from the traditional, more hawkish wing. Their disagreement played out in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, and serves as a preview for the far more consequential version of this debate among House Republicans.

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Las Vegas Gambles On Unique Business Incubator

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Downtown Container Park will set up budding entrepreneurs in repurposed shipping containers. The park will have 35 containers and a bunch of modular cubes like you'd normally see at a construction site โ€” all to house local businesses.

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For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

When is an inpatient in the hospital not an inpatient in the hospital? When that patient is on observation status. Patients who are termed on observation can have trouble getting Medicare to pay if they need to go to a nursing home. The practice has sparked lawsuits and legislation.

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Small Farmers In New England Fear New Food Safety Rules

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration issued two proposed food safety rules to prevent tainted food from entering the food supply. While many large growers support the proposed regulations, small farmers say the cost of complying with them would stifle their ability to grow.

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Is It Legal For Undocumented Immigrant To Practice Law?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Opponents argue that admitting Sergio Garcia to the bar would violate a federal law prohibiting entities funded with state money from granting undocumented immigrants professional licenses. The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on Wednesday.

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UMass Breaks Record For Largest Fruit Salad

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Incoming students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst were greeted this week with 15,000 pounds of fresh fruit. It was the world's largest fruit salad โ€” setting a Guinness record. It was served from a small swimming pool with shovels.

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Ariel Castro, Ohio Man Who Held Women For Years, Is Dead

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Corrections officials in Ohio say Castro is believed to have committed suicide in his cell Tuesday night. He was serving a life sentence for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for more than 10 years.

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Jersey Shore Feels Summertime Blues After Sandy

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Labor Day weekend marks the close of the official summer season on the Jersey Shore. But for some towns, it's like the summer never really began. Destruction from Hurricane Sandy last October kept tourists away. Some towns are still struggling to rebuild. Businesses that rely on seasonal visitors for much of their yearly take are wondering if they'll be around next year.

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California Lawmakers Target Boy Scouts' Tax-Exempt Status

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Legislators are considering stripping the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in the state because of the organization's ban on gay and lesbian adult leaders. Scout leaders warn the move would cause major damage to a group that serves 180,000 California youth.

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New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Known as the "Carpet Capital of the World," Dalton, Ga. has struggled and lost thousands of jobs over the past decade. But carpet jobs are returning, and state officials say 7,000 new manufacturing jobs are coming to Georgia over the next five years.

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Exhumations Begin At Now-Closed Florida Reform School

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Researchers have begun exhuming remains from unmarked graves at a now-closed Florida reform school. Former residents of the school say brutal beatings were routine, and they believe many boys died as a result. At least 50 grave sites have been identified, and it is believed that there may be many more. Several families of boys who died there are demanding answers.

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Bay Area's New Span Truly Is A Troll Bridge

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

After the 1989 earthquake that shook the region, the Bay Bridge had been "protected" by a metal troll welded to the span. Some had worried that the new Bay Bridge wouldn't have its own troll. To the relief of many, it will.

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Two Alligators Topping 720 Pounds Each Caught In Mississippi

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The massive reptiles, which were both caught Sunday, set new state records for heaviest male alligator. Each hunting team spent hours trying to bring the gators in.

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Facebook Chats Prompt At-Risk Minority Men To Get HIV Tests

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

One of the biggest challenges in public health challenges is reaching people in vulnerable groups. Often influential peers are recruited to help spread the word. When that technique was transferred to Facebook, at-risk Latino and African American Men were more likely to get an HIV test.

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Are Cops Properly Trained To Deal With People With Disabilities?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down Syndrome, died after an altercation with police. The case has raised questions about the way cops deal with people who have mental disabilities. Host Michel Martin discusses Saylor's case with parents and a former policeman.

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Managing Money: There's An App For That

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

An endless number of personal finance apps help consumers keep track of their money. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lisa Gerstner of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, about the different options for tracking savings and spending on mobile devices.

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Software Helps Keep Your Shopping In Check

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

When you're out shopping, it may be a little difficult to make smart money decisions - especially when those perfect shoes are calling your name. Omar Green wants to help; his company is developing software that tracks spending and - just like mom - reminds you about your financial goals.

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Diana Nyad: Dream Accomplished

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. This was Nyad's fifth attempt and it took her 53 hours. Host Michel Martin spoke with her three years ago, about not giving up.

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New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The state's yogurt production has tripled since 2008, thanks to Greek yogurt's popularity. But the fixed price for milk means farmers aren't necessarily benefiting from the boom.

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