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A Rough Week For Two Potential Presidential Candidates

Friday, May 01, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley got heckled in Baltimore for his policing policies, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former ally pleaded guity for his role in the "bridge-gate" scandal.

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Walking 2 Minutes An Hour Boosts Health, But It's No Panacea

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sounds good, right? Add two minutes of walking to each hour of your day and your risk of death drops. Even walking to the coffee machine counts. But it's not enough to meet federal guidelines.

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How Vietnam Put Picking Presidents In The Hands Of The People

Friday, May 01, 2015

After the Vietnam era, it's hard to see how either party could dial back on its commitment to letting the people - at least those active in party voting - be the deciders of presidential nominations.

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Latino 'Panhandlers,' Ted Cruz And The Republican Push For Hispanics

Friday, May 01, 2015

At the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce this week, Sen. Ted Cruz called the community "fundamentally conservative" and added, "I don't think I've ever seen a Hispanic panhandler."

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Ex-Ally Of N.J. Gov. Christie Pleads Guilty In Bridge Closures Scandal

Friday, May 01, 2015

Former Port Authority official David Wildstein pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in the "Bridgegate" scandal. The case could have implications for Christie, a likely presidential candidate.

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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Friday, May 01, 2015

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Morning Edition

South Dakota Election Settled By Dice Roll

Friday, May 01, 2015

In Platte, S.D., the results of the mayor's race were too close to call. In accordance with state law, they rolled a pair of dice. The incumbent rolled a four, the challenger a seven.

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Morning Edition

Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.

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Morning Edition

Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Draws Fans To Las Vegas

Friday, May 01, 2015

It's been dubbed the fight of the century. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao face off on Saturday. The weigh in is Friday, as well as other fight-themed distractions to keep fans engaged.

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Morning Edition

State Prosecutors To Determine Next Steps In Freddie Gray Case

Friday, May 01, 2015

Police forwarded the preliminary results of their probe into Freddie Gray's death to Baltimore's state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. Her team will decide whether to bring criminal charges against police.

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Morning Edition

Indiana Struggles To Control HIV Outbreak Linked To Injected Drug Use

Friday, May 01, 2015

State lawmakers passed a bill this week to allow needle exchanges across a wider area. But health workers in hard-hit counties say they need more help as the number of confirmed cases keeps climbing.

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Morning Edition

Judge Reduces 3 Educators' Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Friday, May 01, 2015

In a highly unusual move, the judge in the Atlanta test-cheating case said he had a change of heart. He reduced three people's sentences from seven years in prison to three.

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Morning Edition

Want To Name A Racing Horse? First: Read Jockey Club's Rules

Friday, May 01, 2015

When you look through the racing form before Saturday's Kentucky Derby, you can't help but notice the wide array of names for horses. The process of naming a horse is pretty bureaucratic.

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Morning Edition

White House Honors 2015 Teacher Of The Year: Shanna Peeples

Friday, May 01, 2015

Shanna Peeples works at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. Most of the students come from poor families. Some are refugees from East Africa — coming through the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

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Morning Edition

Baltimore Residents Demand More Information On Freddie Gray's Death

Friday, May 01, 2015

Police on Thursday released more details on the arrest of Freddie Gray. The van that transported him after last month's arrest made an additional stop that investigators weren't aware of before.

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Morning Edition

California Bill Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Friday, May 01, 2015

Lawmakers want to prohibit police officers from viewing video from their body cameras before they write their reports. It's part of an effort to bring more transparency to policing.

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Councilman's Star Rises Fast Amid Baltimore Unrest

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nick Mosby, who represents much of West Baltimore, has become a prominent voice, turning the spotlight on chronic problems that sparked upheaval.

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All Things Considered

Compton's Cowboys Keep The Old West Alive, And Kids Off The Streets

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The city has seen some positive changes in recent years, including a reconnection with the city's rural past. The pastime has given youth an outlet in a region that's at the center of gang violence.

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All Things Considered

The Racially Charged Meaning Behind The Word 'Thug'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, about the use of the word "thug" to describe Baltimore rioters.

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All Things Considered

Baltimore Through A Reporter's Eyes: 'Primary Problems Are Not Racial'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Washington Post reporter Michael Fletcher about his experience as a reporter — and a black man — living in Baltimore for the past 30 years.

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