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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:51am

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. But small towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.

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Analysts Fear A Prolonged Drop In Oil Will Hurt Oklahoma's Banks

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:50am

Oklahoma oil is expensive to produce, so the sharp drop in prices has forced many drilling companies to cut jobs. If prices stay low, the pain could spread to the banks that finance the oil industry.

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In LA, Missing Kindergarten Is A Big Deal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:48am

Research shows that missing school in the crucial early days of school leads to problems later on. In Los Angeles, educators are working to raise kindergarten attendance.

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Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:47am

Capitalist Nelson Rockefeller and painter Diego Rivera clashed over a political mural in the 1930s. Now their daughters have teamed up to preserve both their fathers' legacies and the art they loved.

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How Do You Market To Millennials?

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:46am

Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year. NPR asked some in this group how brands and corporations can get their attention.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, that criss-crosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:42am

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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Oscars Get Political, As Acceptance Speeches Wade Into Social Issues

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:34am

At the Academy Awards, many of the big winners were expected — but the ceremony drew energy from their speeches, which addressed a gamut of issues, from equal pay for women to immigration.

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Obama Tree Isn't Dead; It Just Looks That Way

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:27am

During his visit to India, President Obama planted a tree. It was covered in leaves just three weeks ago, and now it is bare. Authorities say that type of tree often loses leaves this time of year.

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Fake IDs Backfire On Pa. College Students

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:21am

Police say a student named Dean and some friends ordered fake ID's from China. When the package was mistakenly delivered to a college dean with the same last name, the students' parents were called.

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White House Moves To Protect Investors From Bad Retirement Advice

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:16am

The White House says President Obama on Monday will direct the Department of Labor to craft new rules to require financial advisers to put their clients' interests ahead of their own.

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New Hospital Buildings Define Future Of Health Care

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

Across the country, the health care industry is pouring billions of dollars into new hospitals and medical centers. And the new hospitals of "today" are very different than the ones they're replacing.

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'Birdman,' Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne Win Biz Oscar Prizes

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

"Birdman" took home the best picture award at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. The film also earned director Alejandro Inarritu the Oscar for directing. Julianne Moore won best actress for her work in "Still Alice," and Eddie Redmayne won best actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

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Homeland Security Warns Of Terrorist Threats Against U.S. Malls

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

The secretary of Homeland Security has issued a warning after a video purportedly from the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab called for Muslims to attack shopping malls.

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Cynthia Bond's 'Ruby' Gets Oprah Winfrey's Attention

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

Cynthia Bond's haunting tale of a beautiful, abused woman in an east Texas hamlet was praised for its lyrical language. Oprah Winfrey announced she'd not only chosen "Ruby" for her bookclub's March selection, but she'd also bought the film rights to Bond's book.

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Runway Collections Inspired By Vibes From '60s And '70s

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

Renee Montagne looks back at the best of New York Fashion Week with Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and looks forward to what will hit the European runways.

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How We Talk About Our Teachers

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

The words college students use to describe their professors say a lot about how men and women are judged differently.

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Wil Smith, Who Recorded StoryCorps Conversation, Dies At 46

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

Wil Smith, a single dad who listeners met through StoryCorps, died early Sunday. Several years ago he was diagnosed with colon cancer. We remember Smith, recalling a StoryCorps interview with his teenage daughter Olivia, shortly after he was diagnosed. Smith was 46.

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Advanced Placement History Test Accused Of Being Unpatriotic

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

An Oklahoma legislative committee voted recently to review the latest version of the Advanced Placement U.S. History course and to potentially cut funding for it in the state's schools. Lawmakers complain the course glosses over the nation's founders and foundational documents and focuses on the negative.

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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:02am

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.

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