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West Virginia Teacher Outline Strikers Demands, Discusses Potential Remedies

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Brianne Solomon, a teacher on strike in West Virginia. Solomon talks about the demands being made by strikers, and why she thinks remedies offered by the state aren't acceptable.

Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Threatens Delta Airlines After Company Cuts Ties With NRA

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

After Atlanta-based Delta Airlines eliminated a special discount program for NRA members, Georgia's lieutenant governor has threatened to fight against a tax break for the company. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks about what's at stake with Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler.

Comcast Makes $31 Billion Bid For European Broadcaster Sky

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

In a bid that appears designed to scuttle a deal planned by rivals, Comcast has offered $31 billion for Sky, Europe's largest broadcaster. If the Comcast bid is successful it will destroy Rupert Murdoch's plan to turn many of his assets over to Disney at a premium price.

'Miami Herald' Journalist Explains How A Hoax Tweet Affected Her Reporting On Shooting

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to reporter Alex Harris of the Miami Herald about a pair of hoax tweets that affected her reporting on the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Is It Real Diversity If Brands Don't Want The Opinions That Come With New Faces?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

Beauty brands are being criticized for promoting one brand ambassador while shunning another. In Revlon's case the Israeli actress Gal Godot, a vocal supporter of the Israeli Defense Forces. In L'Oreal's the model Amena Khan, who was praised as the first hair-care ambassador in hijab, only to resign under fire for pro-Palestinian tweets.

State Department Loses Expert Diplomat On North Korea

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

The State Department's point person on North Korea is the latest official to leave after a long career in diplomacy. Experts see Joseph Yun's departure as a major setback in efforts to find a diplomatic way out of the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy Discusses The Path Forward For Gun Policy

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:03

Since the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has been on a mission to rein in gun violence. That has been an uphill battle in a deeply divided Congress. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Murphy about his fight and what he sees as the path forward.

'We Were In That School': Parkland Students Prepare To Return After Shooting

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:46

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students return to school Wednesday after surviving a shooting there. Sophomore Gabe Glassman captures what day-to-day life is like for these students now.

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Anti-Semitic Incidents See Largest Single-Year Increase On Record, Audit Finds

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:11

The Anti-Defamation League annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents found 1,986 such occurrences, including 457 at K-12 schools and 204 on college campuses.

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Why Saudi Arabia Is Suddenly Shaking Up Its Military

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:47

The kingdom replaced top military brass, opened armed forces jobs to women and promoted a woman to a senior Labor Ministry post in a series of rare steps in the ultraconservative kingdom.

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New Air Force One Deal Cleared For Takeoff

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:37

President Trump has reached an "informal agreement" with Boeing to buy two new 747s to serve as Air Force One. The company says he got a bargain, but one independent analyst is skeptical.

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Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:21

When it comes to antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs, author Lauren Slater says, "We don't really know what we're taking into our bodies." Her new book is Blue Dreams.

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Lawmakers Agree On Paid Family Leave, But Not The Details

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:16

Passage of paid family leave laws in states like Washington is spurring federal lawmakers from both parties to float their own proposals, but so far support is not bridging party lines.

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Sen. Corker Really Isn't Running For Re-Election (Seriously)

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:49

This time the Tennessee Republican means it. Sen. Bob Corker had been wavering after he announced in September that he would be retiring.

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Congress Stalled On Bills To Tighten Gun Background Check System

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:43

Lawmakers have made little progress in advancing any new gun control measures in since the February 14 shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida,

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Asian Ticks (Mysteriously) Turned Up On A New Jersey Sheep

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:50

No one is quite sure how it got there. And get this: It basically clones itself! Should we be worried?

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As Milk Prices Decline, Worries About Dairy Farmer Suicides Rise

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:31

The nation's dairy farmers are facing their fourth year of depressed milk prices. The outlook is so bleak, it's increased worries about farmer suicides. One recent outreach effort drew criticism.

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Supreme Court Rules Immigrants Don't Have The Right To Periodic Bond Hearings

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:42

The court ruled that immigrants, even those who are permanent legal residents and asylees, have no right to periodic bond hearings, meaning they can be held indefinitely.

Education Department Wants To Protect Student-Loan Debt Collectors

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:40

The Trump administration is considering a policy change to prevent states from making tough demands of companies that collect student loan debt, according to an internal document obtained by NPR.

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Top Stories: Trump's Direction On Guns; Deadly Papua New Guinea Quake

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:34

Also: Georgia's lieutenant governor threatens to end Delta's tax break over NRA ties; a new report warns of the dangers of U.S. poverty and racial inequality; and a warm Arctic means a colder Europe.

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