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Budget Shortfalls Affect National Parks' Maintenance, Cleaning

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

There are about 250 toilets on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a small number of people to clean them. With decreasing budgets, employees are doing more with less.

Rain Barrels Are Now Legal In Colorado

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

Who owns rain that falls from the sky? In the West, this is a topic of serious discussion and lawmaking. This summer, after much debate, Colorado will allow homeowners to use rain barrels.

Association Helps Schools Navigate Transgender Bathroom Guidelines

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Francisco Negron of the National School Boards Association, about how local school districts are handling the new federal guidance on transgender students.

Will Russian Athletes Be Barred From Rio's Summer Olympics?

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

Russia is dismissing as "slander" detailed allegations of a widespread state-run doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Will Russian athletes be barred from the Rio summer games?

Researchers Find Surprising Results After Testing A New Way To Measure Poverty

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

A ground breaking study from Columbia University has some initial results of a new way to look at poverty. The research takes into account the actual hardship and deprivation faced by an individual or family — how often do they have trouble getting food, paying their bills or getting help for a serious medical problem. The results could have implications for what steps need to be taken to reduce poverty in the US.

EgyptAir Plane Disappears Off Radar On Its Way To Cairo From Pairs

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

Egyptair flight MS804 vanished this morning en route to Cairo from Paris. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR's Eleanor Beardsley and Russell Lewis as well as Tamer El-Ghobashy of The Wall Street Journal.

New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

The Pentagon admits a major concern over reprisals against troops who report sexual assault. A Human Rights Watch report says the Pentagon isn't doing enough to repair harm done by this retaliation.

With New Products, Google Flexes Muscles To Competitors, Regulators

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:15pm

Google unveils a litany of products at the developers' conference, including messaging apps, a personal virtual assistant and a voice-controlled speaker that connects you with it.

Millions More American Workers To Be Eligible For Overtime Pay

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:50am

A new overtime rule is being finalized by the Labor Department. The sweeping measure, intended to boost slow-growing incomes, has its critics. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

Tattoos Could Become A Lot Less Permanent

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:04am

Startup Ephemeral tells the website Science Alert that it is developing an ink that fades after a year. The ink is composed of smaller molecules than standard ink and will break down over time.

Hillary Finally Wins A Clinton County During Primary Contests

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 5:59am

Reporters noticed that Bernie Sanders kept winning counties named Clinton. The Vermont Senator was eight for eight. Hillary Clinton finally won a Clinton County — Tuesday night in Kentucky.

Courtside Seat For Minor League Basketball Games Helps Ohio Woman Fight Cancer

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Brenda Newport is an unwavering fan of the minor league basketball team, the Canton Charge. She says rooting for the home team and heckling the opposition gives her life as she battles cancer.

Russian Officials Deny Reports Of State-Sponsored Doping Of Athletes

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a probe into state-sponsored doping by Russia's top athletes. The former head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory recently told "The New York Times" he helped to conceal doping by top Russian competitors in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Rep. Grijalva Weighs In On Sanders' Showing In Tuesday's Primaries

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who supports Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential nominee, about the results of the Oregon and Kentucky primaries.

'Morning Edition' Sci-Fi Theme Is Out Of This World

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Morning Edition issued listeners a challenge: record your own version of the show's theme. Renee Montagne and Mary Louise Kelly share a retro Sci-Fi version — one of many submitted by listeners.

Primary Recap: Sanders Wins Oregon, Clinton Has A Slim Lead In Kentucky

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Voters went to the polls in Kentucky and Oregon on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton may have just barely edged out Bernie Sanders in Kentucky's primary. But Sanders won by a significant margin in Oregon.

Sports Commentary: Bryce Harper Is Living The Life Mickey Mantle Wasted

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

National League MVP Bryce Harper is being compared to the late Yankees great Mickey Mantle. It's worth looking beyond statistics when searching for comparisons for the young Washington Nationals star.

'Loving' Stands Out At Cannes Film Festival, Our Reviewer Says

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Renee Montagne talks with critic Kenneth Turan about some of the movies coming out of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Turan reviews movies for "Morning Edition" and the "Los Angeles Times."

Lawyers Begin The Long Process Of Trying To Settle Prince's Estate

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

It could be at least another week before the medical examiner releases a final report on Prince's death. Wrangling over his estate has begun while fans gather at memorials around his hometown.

Demonstrators In France Protest Labor Law Changes

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

France's president says changing the labor law is the only way to improve jobless figures — but his decision to push those changes through Parliament has led to nationwide strikes and street protests.

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