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Iran Deal Looks Like A Done Deal, So Here Are The Next Crises For Congress 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    President Obama may have secured enough votes to keep his Iran deal in tact, but potential problems loom for Congress on the debt ceiling, highway funding and a possible government shutdown.

School Districts Squeezed By Pennsylvania's Budget Impasse 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:09:00 -0400 
    Due to lack of a state budget, teachers are working without pay in the Chester-Upland school system. The district says it can't afford to pay them until it gets the money it is due from the state.

Kentucky County Gets Media Attention Over Clerk's Stand On Marriage 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:09:00 -0400 
    Steve Inskeep talks to author Silas House about the culture of eastern Kentucky. The area is in the spotlight since Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Why Are Colleges Really Going Test-Optional? 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    George Washington University recently announced it would no longer require applicants to submit SAT scores, hoping to improve campus diversity. But does going test-optional actually do that?

What Does Daybreak Sound Like Where You Live? 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0400 
    The natural world is making a lot of noise at dawn. We're collecting recordings of this time of morning from across the world.

Instagram: The New Political War Room? 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0400 
    The Donald Trump-Jeb Bush feud has spilled over into Instagram, which was one of the tamer social-media outlets. Not anymore.

Warning Calls Decoded: Squirrels Take Up Bird Alarms To Foil The Enemy 
  Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:59:00 -0400 
    It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.

Illinois House Leaders Override Governor's Veto On Heroin Addiction Bill 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:01:00 -0400 
    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.

Federal Ferguson Review Finds More Than 100 Lessons For Police 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:49:00 -0400 
    An assessment of police response to the demonstrations there calls into question strategies like the overwatch tactic, with officers using rifle sights to survey the crowd from atop tactical vehicles.

Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:41:00 -0400 
    Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.

Wrongfully Imprisoned North Carolina Men Receive Payout 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:25:00 -0400 
    In North Carolina Wednesday, two half-brothers wrongfully imprisoned for more than 30 years for a murder they did not commit were awarded $750,000 each. They were released last year.

Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:25:00 -0400 
    Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

For A Baltimore Boutique Owner, A 'Joyous' Reopening After The Riots 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:25:00 -0400 
    Baltimore clothing shop Flawless Damsels is one of the more than 400 businesses damaged in last spring's riots. The shop recently reopened and was bustling, though that's not the case everywhere.

From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:58:00 -0400 
    Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

Akron, Ohio, To Hold Fall Election After Long-Serving Mayor Resigns 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:39:00 -0400 
    Akron, Ohio, had one of the longest serving mayors in the country. Now it's working on selecting its fourth mayor in less than a year after the long-time mayor abruptly resigned.
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