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2:21 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Letters: Prenatal Choices And The Power Of Apology

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments. Last week, we spoke with Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic, about moments of wonder: those times when you don't have all the answers, and you can't use a smartphone or Google to get them.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

What's Next For The FBI

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:06 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Ari Shapiro in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Robert Mueller has run the FBI for 12 years, through one of the most transformative times in the bureau's history. Now he's on his way out. Any day now, the White House is expected to announce that James Comey will take his place.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

A Seasonal Smell Of Smoke: Life In Wildfire Country

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:04 pm

In Southern California, a massive wildfire, called the Powerhouse fire, has consumed 50 miles of land northwest of Los Angeles. California residents face wildfire season every year. Grist staff writer Susie Cagle talks about what it's like to live in wildfire country.

NPR Story
1:46 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Who Gets Asylum, Who Doesn't And How That May Change

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:36 pm

Every year, thousands of immigrants come to the U.S. seeking protection from persecution or violence in their countries. Many groups have a hard time qualifying, based on the legal limits of asylum. New immigration legislation could change the process.

Parallels
12:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

In Gaza, Hamas Targets Palestinian Informants In Crackdown

Palestinian gunmen drag a man from a motorcycle in Gaza City on Nov. 20. He was one of six men killed that day on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip denied responsibility, though it has executed others judged to be working with Israel's security forces.
Hatem Moussa AP

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:25 am

Life was already grim in the Gaza Strip when fighting raged between Israel and Hamas last November. Then Khulud Badawi got unexpected bad news about her husband.

"I was at home when my son came in and said, 'Mom, they killed Dad.' I said, 'Who?' He said, 'Hamas.' I asked him, 'Where?' He said, 'Next to the gas station,'" she recalls.

Badawi's husband, Ribhi Badawi, was in prison in Gaza City. He was supposed to go to court that day for a final appeal of charges that he had collaborated with Israel against Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip.

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11:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Michigan Senate gives final approval to budget without Medicaid expansion or major increase in road funding

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Budget was approved on mostly party-line vote. Two Republicans joined Democrats in voting "no."
LANSING - The Republican-led Michigan Senate has given final legislative approval to the main pieces of the state's budget plan for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. What's in the bill that will soon be headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration?
Race
11:43 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Money To Matrimony: Talking About The Black Experience

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We want to continue the conversation we just started about the new poll, African-American Lives Today. It is a survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is one of NPR's funders, and the Harvard School of Public Health. For a closer look at the survey itself, you can check it out on the Code Switch page of NPR.org. And we shared the poll with some guests on the program who've been thinking about or writing about a lot of the issues touched on by the poll.

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Race
11:43 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Is It A Surprise That Single Black Men Are Looking For LTR?

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

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NPR Story
11:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

What Do We Know About 'African American Lives Today?'

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

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Money Coach
11:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Why Your Boss Should Update Your 401(k) Plan

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we'll talk about a new poll about attitudes of African-Americans about issues like work, health, and relationships. It turns a lot of what you've been hearing in popular media on its head, so we hope you'll stick around for that conversation.

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NPR Story
11:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

What's At Stake With Supreme Court Decisions?

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:48 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we are going to dig into a new survey of African-American attitudes about their lives, and some of the findings may surprise you. We'll also talk about how that 401(k) retirement plan, once a fresh idea, may need some new thinking.

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10:13 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Former Vicksburg village president says council is violating charter by not replacing manager

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Vicksburg Village Manager Matt Crawford resigned in February
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
VICKSBURG, MI - The former village president of Vicksburg said Monday that the current Vicksburg Village Council could be illegally running the town and needs to immediately hire a village manager.
8:32 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission will review search firms for manager next week

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Commission terminated its agreement with California-based firm last week and reopened the search process for a new city manager
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission will meet in special session June 10 to determine how to move forward with another search firm as it restarts its search for a new Kalamazoo city manager. Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. June 10 to review search firms and take another look at the commission-developed city manager profile.
Afghanistan
8:11 am
Tue June 4, 2013

U.S. Worries Afghan Forces Will Divide Along Ethnic Lines

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

When the American combat mission in Afghanistan ends next year, one concern for U.S. officials is the possibility that the Afghan security forces will then splinter along ethnic lines, and the warlords of the past will reemerge.

From Kandahar, here's NPR's Tom Bowman.

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7:46 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Land in race for GOP Senate nomination. Rogers and Amash still mum

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Congressman Gary Peters is only Democrat in race for seat now held by Carl Levin
For the past decade, Terri Lynn Land has made regular trips across the state of Michigan. Whether it was campaigning for Secretary of State or going to events for the office she won twice, she has spoken at numerous events and Republican fundraisers. And now, the connections she has made could help catapult her to the U.S.
7:29 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Committee will review options for Springfield law enforcement

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Springfield City Manager says large tax increase would be needed to continue operating police department
The Springfield City Council will start with a committee before deciding if it will close its police department. Mayor Susan Anderson on Monday appointed five people to study proposals by the Battle Creek Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff Department to police the city if the council agrees to close its own department.
Food
7:29 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Why Use Bread When Donuts Make A Good Sandwich

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:18 am

Friday is National Doughnut Day. You might want to try Dunkin' Donuts latest creation: bacon and egg between a glazed doughnut.

Europe
7:20 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Longest Word In German Has Been Retired

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

German spelling bees are about to get easier. The language's longest word has been retired. Its 63 letters long so we'll let YouTube's words German channel say it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Rindfleischetikettierungsuberwachungsaufgabenubertragungsgesetz.

MONTAGNE: One word, the definition: A law concerning the delegation of duties for the supervision of cattle marking and the labeling of beef. The law is outdated, so officials are saying auf wiedersehen.

Great Lakes governors
7:16 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Great Lakes governors' summit: A sign of progress?

Asian Carp - file photo
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Interview with Gary Wilson

    

This past weekend a meeting of governors from Great Lakes states was held on Mackinac Island. Not all of the governors attended and there were no major policy initiatives. But independent journalist Gary Wilson says just meeting is important. 

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6:20 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Saint Joseph City Commissioners approve contract for new manager

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Former City Manager of Traverse City Richard Lewis will begin work in Saint Joseph July first.
ST. JOSEPH - The St. Joseph City Commission on Monday approved a tentative contract for Richard Lewis, the next city manager, that will pay him $125,000 a year.
6:12 am
Tue June 4, 2013

New baseball team could begin play in Kalamazoo next year

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The Northwoods League is a summer league for college baseball players. It has 16 teams, including the Battle Creek Bombers
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Commissioners unanimously approved the agreement that calls for the Northwoods League to pay the city $35,000 a year for 35 games, 15 practices and field maintenance. The five-year agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 3, 2018.
Business
6:01 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Jell-O Tries Out Edgy Social Media Campaign

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Jell-O is jiggling up the Twitter-verse.

NPR's Travis Larchuk reports the wholesome brand has an edgy new social media campaign.

TRAVIS LARCHUK, BYLINE: Jell-O's classic commercials end on these five letters...

(SOUNDBITE OF JINGLE)

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) J-E-L-L-O!

LARCHUK: But on Twitter, the company's pared it down to just three letters, F-M-L.

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Business
5:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Apple: Price-Fixing Charges 'Not True'

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:29 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Lawyers for Apple will be back in court today, defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix eBook prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department.

But as NPR's Laura Sydell reports, Apple's lawyer told the court the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.

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Business
5:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Once High-Flying Game Company Zynga To Lay Off 520 Workers

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Things are not going do well for the online game maker Zynga. The once high-flying gaming company has been struggling and now plans to lay off almost 20 percent of its staff; that's more than 500 employees.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Politics
5:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Obama To Challenge GOP With 3 Federal Appeals Court Picks

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama will nominate three new judges this morning to the powerful Federal Appeals Court in Washington D.C. The announcement is expected to come in the White House Rose Garden, and as NPR's Scott Horsley reports, there could be a few thorns.

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Author Interviews
3:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Book Explores Downfall Of An Indian-American Business Icon

Rajat Gupta, former Goldman Sachs director and former senior partner at McKinsey & Co., was sentenced to two years in prison for leaking inside information to hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

Rajat Gupta was one of the wealthiest and most successful men in America and an icon of the Indian-American community. Today, he faces two years in prison for insider trading, convicted of passing corporate secrets to his billionaire friend and Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam.

Gupta was already a wealthy man; what was the motive for his crime? In The Billionaire's Apprentice:The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund, journalist Anita Raghavan tries to answer that question.

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Parallels
3:27 am
Tue June 4, 2013

High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future

The Spanish city of Santander is using a network of sensors to help improve services and save money. Incidents reported to Santander's command-and-control center, where the city manages data from sensors and smartphone reports made by citizens, are plotted on a map of the city.
Courtesy of the University of Cantabria

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:53 pm

Aside from the occasional ferry down from England, the old Spanish port city of Santander doesn't get too many foreign visitors. So imagine the locals' surprise when delegations from Google, Microsoft and the Japanese government all landed there recently, to literally walk the streets.

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Parallels
3:22 am
Tue June 4, 2013

As U.S. Troops Draw Down, Can Afghans Take The Lead?

Villagers in Kasan gather to meet with Afghan local police and the Afghan National Army along with ANASF team members during a morning shura to discuss security.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:25 am

There's just a sliver of light in the eastern sky as the patrol leaves the American compound through a thick metal door.

They scamper across Highway 2, a narrow asphalt road that leads to Kabul, just an hour's drive away — if not for the war. They cross an old graveyard and head toward the silhouette of a tree line, all seen through the eerie green glow of night-vision goggles.

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Shots - Health News
2:19 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Obama Administration Seeks To Ease Approvals For Antibiotics

These staph bacteria are resistant to vancomycin, an antibiotic that is one of the last lines of defense.
Janice Haney Carr CDC

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 5:15 pm

Every day in hospitals all over America, thousands of patients die of infections that used to be curable. But the antibiotics used to treat them aren't working anymore.

It's called drug resistance, and it's largely a consequence of antibiotics overuse. The more germs are exposed to antibiotics, the faster they mutate to evade being vanquished.

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Code Switch
12:03 am
Tue June 4, 2013

New Survey Takes A Snapshot Of The View From Black America

African-Americans said they were optimistic about the future despite anxieties about possible financial hardships.
Barry Gregg Corbis

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 5:19 pm

You might think African-Americans might be more pessimistic about their lives. The housing crisis decimated pockets of black wealth. The black unemployment rate has been nearly double the national average for several years.

But according to findings from our survey of more than 1,000 African-Americans, you'd be wrong.

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