Environment
1:55 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:11 pm

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1:53 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Bangor schools "semi-lock down" ends

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School officials say one "homemade bomb" exploded in a Bangor Middle School locker but caused no damage or injuries.
BANGOR, MI - Numerous parents milled in and out of Bangor High School Friday picking up their children after news spread of a lockdown prompted by what school district officials described as two small, homemade bombs. "She doesn't want to go but she's coming home," "said Pamela Lowe, as she waited for her daughter, a 10th grader at the high school.
NPR Story
1:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Breaking Into The 'Department Of Mad Scientists'

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:09 pm

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NPR Story
1:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Robert Ballard: 50 Years Exploring Deep Waters

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:10 pm

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Around the Nation
12:58 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Area Suburbs Remain On Lock Down

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All morning we have been following the extraordinary events in Boston, where a manhunt is underway for one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. The brother of the young man the police are searching for, his brother was killed in a shootout last night with police. Meanwhile, this American city, the city of Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods are in total lockdown.

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Strange News
12:58 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Explosions In The News Hit Home For Boston Runner From Texas

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

If you think this has been an unbelievable week of news, try telling it to Joe Berti. Mr. Berti traveled to Boston for that city's marathon and crossed the finish line seconds before the first bomb exploded. He was OK and he went home to Texas, where he was close enough to a fertilizer plant to see it explode on Wednesday night. Some people might feel star-crossed at that point, but Mr. Berti considers himself lucky.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
12:58 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Juror In Oregon Held In Contempt For Texting During Trial

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Earlier this week we told you about a Michigan judge who held himself in contempt when his cell phone went off in the courtroom. He said judges are not above the rules. An Oregon judge this week showed that jurors are not above the rules, either. During a trial in the town of Salem, the judge noticed that a juror's pocket was glowing.

Politics
12:56 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Breaking Down Senate's Immigration Overhaul Bill

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll check in with the Barbershop guys to hear what they have to say about all the news of the week.

But, first, it's only because of the kind of week that we've had that it would be possible that a major issue like the one we're about to talk about could actually fly under the radar. It was introduced by a group called the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group who also had the support of a very wide array of interest groups that often do not agree on much of anything.

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Barbershop
12:56 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Are We Better Off Being More Connected In A Tragedy?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barber Shop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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National Security
12:56 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

How To Lock Down A City

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we are going to dig into the new Senate bill that would dramatically overhaul the country's immigration framework. We want to answer as many questions as we can about the bill and also talk about what it says, or what it might say, about what immigration means to the American people right now.

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WMUK News
12:49 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Michigan meningitis grand jury OK'ed

Minnesota technician tests for signs of meningitis in 2012
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 A grand jury will investigate a meningitis outbreak in Michigan linked to contaminated drugs. The Gongwer News Service reports that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette got authority from the Michigan Court of Appeals to call a multi-county grand jury on Friday.

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
12:27 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Journalists Charles Sennott And Seth Mnookin Discuss Boston Manhunt

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:41 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Today we're following events in Boston. We have several guests standing by. Our first guest is Seth Mnookin, a professor of journalism at MIT. He's become famous for live-tweeting the events in Watertown last night. He's a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and was a senior writer at Newsweek. Seth, are you joining us on the phone there?

SETH MNOOKIN: Yes, I'm here.

GROSS: Thank you for being with us. So how did you end up being on the scene at Watertown last night?

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
12:27 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Dennis Lehane On 'Messing With The Wrong City'

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:41 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR and we're talking about what's happening in Boston. With me now is our TV critic David Bianculli. And David, usually when there's breaking news like this you're watching, like, a lot of TVs at a time.

DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: Right.

GROSS: Trying to see how different networks are covering it. And you've done this for years. You've done this through many different crises. So how does this past week compare to other crises that you've monitored in the media in terms of the coverage?

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11:51 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Private school reform group in public spotlight

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Michigan's current constitution prohibits the use of vouchers for public schools, including charter schools.
Lansing - A secret work group that includes top aides to Gov. Rick Snyder has been meeting since December to develop a lower-cost model for K-12 public education with a funding mechanism that resembles school vouchers.
Local Music
11:29 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Tia Fuller celebrates 'Angelic Warrior' within

Tia Fuller
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Fontana Chamber Arts will feature one of today's young jazz stars tomorrow night. Tia Fuller is balancing careers as a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, as a hired soloist for Beyonce's touring group, and as bandleader, composer, and recording artist. 

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11:12 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Portage Superintendent finalist says he won't accept raise from Brighton

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Greg Gray gave public interview Thursday in Portage. Board plans to decide by April 29th whether to offer him the job.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Greg Gray, the sole finalist to head Portage Public Schools, says he won't accept a major pay raise in his current job as superintendent of Brighton Area Schools, a strategy discussed this week by the Brighton board to retain him.
10:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman to retire next year

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University regents say it will be a challenge to find someone with the experience needed to the institution
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year when her current contract runs out, she officially announced Thursday. The Ann Arbor school's Board of Regents will launch a search for her replacement as the leader of one of the nation's elite public universities.
WMU East Campus
10:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

WMU trustee says university has to balance resources and historic preservation

East Campus - file photo
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A Western Michigan University trustee says the board has to balance historic preservation and managing resources for the university. Bill Johnston made the comments during Thursday's board meeting.

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Around the Nation
10:31 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Terrorism Expert Weighs In On Monday's Bombing In Boston

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There's so much we do not know about the Boston Marathon bombing, but here are some things that we do know. Police have focused on two suspects who were found on video images from the scene of the bombing. They chased those two young men last night, shot it out with them. A police officer is dead. A police officer is wounded in the Boston area. One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is reported killed, a second one still at large, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both of them described as being from Chechnya.

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Around the Nation
10:24 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Major Breaks In Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. It has been an astonishing overnight and morning in and around the city of Boston. Some of you may be hearing this after following this story all morning. Some of you, especially in the western United States, might be just waking up.

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Around the Nation
10:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Bombing Manhunt Encompasses Boston Suburb

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:28 am

For the latest on the Boston Marathon Bombing case, David Greene and Steve Inskeep talk to Fred Bever of member station WBUR and Chechen expert Thomas de Waal of the Carnegie Endowment for International peace

Michigan Car Insurance
9:52 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Snyder proposes reform for Michigan auto insurance

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Governor Snyder has proposed revamping Michigan's auto insurance system. It would cap damages from the Michigan Catastrophic Claims fund at $1-million. 

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6:11 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Portage School Board plans to make decision on Superintendent April 29th

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Brighton Area Schools Superintendent Greg Gray is the sole finalist to lead the Portage district
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The Portage Public Schools Board of Education has tentatively scheduled a special meeting for Monday, April 29, to decide whether to offer Greg Gray a contract as superintendent. But first, Gray is returning to Portage on Thursday, April 25, for another round of meetings and interviews.
Shots - Health News
5:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
ChinaFotoPress Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:27 pm

An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

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StoryCorps
2:46 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Losing A Leg, But Gaining A Sense Of Purpose

Jack Richmond and his daughter, Reagan, visit StoryCorps in Knoxville, Tenn.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:30 pm

In 1987, Jack Richmond was driving a forklift at work when the vehicle overturned onto him, crushing his leg below the knee. His daughter, Reagan, was just 2 months old at the time.

"Initially when they told me I would lose my leg, I was in denial and disbelief and kind of like, 'What, why? Can't you fix it?' " Jack tells Reagan in a visit to StoryCorps in Knoxville, Tenn. "But it just couldn't be saved."

"And you had a brand new daughter — me," says Reagan, now 25. "What were you thinking?"

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Latin America
2:46 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Post-Chavez Venezuela Grows More, Not Less, Polarized

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protest in the area of Altamira, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Monday.
Mauricio Valenzuela Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:37 am

Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.

But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy was ruled the winner by a razor-thin margin, the country appears more polarized than ever.

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Around the Nation
2:44 am
Fri April 19, 2013

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

The Miami-based Cat Network operates a program that traps, neuters and releases feral cats back to their colonies. A bill before the Florida Legislature would offer legal protection to those programs.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.

There, lawmakers are considering a contentious bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies.

An Alternative To Shelters

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9:40 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Medical marijuana ordinance moves ahead in Zeeland Township

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Ordinance which allows medical marijuana with some restrictions, moves to a second reading
Zeeland Township's board of trustees have agreed to let a proposed medical marijuana ordinance move to a second reading. The ordinance would impose the following limits: Medical marijuana can only be grown inside a home, behind locked doors, and the space used cannot exceed 20 percent of the total living space.
9:34 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Finalist for Portage Superintendent says district has to rebuild trust

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Sole finalist Greg Gray spent Thursday in Portage, including a two hour public interview
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- If he became superintendent of Portage Public Schools, Greg Gray said his first priority would be "rebuilding trust" between the district leadership and community residents. "You've had some challenges here in the past few years, some self-inflicted, some not," Gray told the board during a public interview Thursday evening.
Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:18 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boston In Collective Mourning After Marathon Attack

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 10:26 pm

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Organizers gave that service in Boston a title: Healing Our City. Thousands of people took part both inside the cathedral and outside.

NPR's Jeff Brady spoke with Bostonians about this moment of collective remembrance.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: A theme emerged during the service, expressed here by Rev. Nancy Taylor.

THE REV. NANCY TAYLOR: We are shaken, but we are not forsaken. Another's hate will not make of us haters.

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