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Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:03:14 -0400
Many organizations, including the Gates Foundation, support our work. But they don't get to set the agenda. 
Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:41:00 -0400
In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty. 
Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:40:56 -0400
Authorities want to cut down on cigarette butts in the sand, so they're moving to ban smoking on all 362 miles of the state's Pacific Coast. Repeat offenders could face a $110 fine. 
Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:46 -0400
Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border. 
Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals. 
PETA Offers To Pay Detroit Residents' Water Bills If They Go Vegan  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
The city cut off water to thousands of households with overdue bills topping $90 million. The animal rights organization stepped in, offering to pay 10 residents' bills if they go vegan for a month. 
What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? 
Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:58:00 -0400
Massachusetts is offering to house hundreds of unaccompanied minors who've been detained crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the proposed sites is on Cape Cod, but residents are blasting the plan. 
Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:12 -0400
Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations. 
DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:29:00 -0400
The deal follows a Justice Department report released in April that showed the city's police used excessive force in dealing with many suspects. 
Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0400
Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families. 
The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400
An hour into Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona, an attorney for the inmate reached out to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking his intervention. How do such appeals work? And how often do they happen? 
Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400
Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection. 
Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400
The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are offering their take on the mounting numbers of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. They're talking to reporters on the day before a meeting with President Obama. 
Medic First Refused His Silver Star — Then, 4 Decades Later, Accepted  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:00 -0400
Army Pvt. Rob Jackson refused to accept a Silver Star for his service in the Vietnam War, uncomfortable receiving any awards after his comrades died in battle. Now, after more than four decades, he has changed his mind, accepting his Silver Star Thursday. He talks with Audie Cornish about his decision.