Propronents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle?
April 23, 2014

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in public university admissions. Tell Me More looks at the internal debate within the affirmative action movement.

In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope
By Alan Greenblatt

April 23, 2014

Washington, Ill., lost half of its assessed property value to a tornado in November, but residents who lost everything are eager to reclaim their hometown.

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Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom
By Mark Memmott

April 23, 2014

News reports indicate the 15-year-old was hoping to eventually get to Somalia, where his mother lives. He crawled into the wheel well of a jet that flew from California to Hawaii.

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In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents
By Eric Westervelt

April 23, 2014

One nonprofit in Tulsa has flipped the script on preschool. The Community Action Project says its premise simple: To help kids, it says, you often have to help their parents.

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One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents
By Eric Westervelt

April 23, 2014

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet
By Elise Hu

April 23, 2014

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?
By Cheryl Corley

April 23, 2014

Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

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Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In
By Kevin Kniestedt

April 23, 2014

Archaeologists in South Carolina are excavating a Union officer prisoner-of-war camp site, hoping to find historical artifacts before they are buried under new construction.

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Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon
By Liam Moriarty

April 23, 2014

High unemployment and the growing use of meth and other drugs have fueled an explosion of property crimes. Amid cuts to law enforcement, community watch groups are cropping up to fill the vacuum.

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Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families
By L. Carol Ritchie

April 22, 2014

A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."

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Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips
By Katie Barlow

April 22, 2014

The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.

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Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'
By Frank James

April 22, 2014

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death
By Scott Neuman

April 22, 2014

Steven Elliott, one of the Rangers who mistakenly fired on Tillman's position, says he believed there were no "friendlies" in the area when he pulled the trigger.

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Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy
By Linda Poon

April 22, 2014

The faster people get treatment after suffering a stroke, the less likely they are to be permanently disabled or die. Speeding up hospital procedures helps, studies find. But cost is an issue, too.

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Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who accidentally fired on former NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, and he told his story recently on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

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Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows
By Yuki Noguchi

April 22, 2014

Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

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Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa
By Claudio Sanchez

April 22, 2014

A national debate over universal preschool has raised an important question: What does high-quality pre-K look like? Researchers say the preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., is among the nation's best.

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Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes
By Allison Aubrey

April 22, 2014

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.

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The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov
By Audie Cornish

April 22, 2014

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right.

One Month From Mudslide, Wash. Governor Takes Stock Of Damage
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offers an update on the deadly mudslides near the town of Oso in March. President Obama is visiting Oso on Tuesday.