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Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.


Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.


CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will close the laboratories after last month's possible exposure of dozens of workers to anthrax and the discovery of a vial of smallpox this week.


Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples

The state says it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a federal appeals court order that it provide spousal benefits.


Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD

District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he will stop prosecuting some people arrested for low-level marijuana possession. But that won't stop the New York Police Department from making arrests.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

Chicago's July 4th weekend was an especially bloody one. It was covered like another grim day. But the way we look at shootings in that city obscures the complexity of its tragedies.


Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting

The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue.


Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry.


What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.


How Private Colleges Are Like Cheap Sushi

Fifty percent off? That doesn't sound like such a good deal for sushi or a college degree. We ask some economists: Why not?


Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders

The sloppy handling by federal scientists of the world's scariest germs must stop, says the dismayed head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Are his new rules enough?


Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.


Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

What makes the judge's opinion such fun reading for students of politics is the highlighting of how political operatives tried to avoid leaving fingerprints on the maps.


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Insight Goes To Yosemite. In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park, the Insight team hit the road and spent a day at Yosemite. Beth Ruyak talked with visitors, rangers and locals and gives you an audio tour. And we took LOTS of pics. Sample below. More here.




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    Monday, July 7, 2014

    As a change of pace this summer, Sacramento’s B Street Theatre is staging a pastoral fable called “Provenance” – a gently mysterious tale in which characters find ways to overcome their personal troubles and move forward with their lives.

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    In today's world you can spend all day on the Internet, working online and shopping for anything. But the couple at the center of this new Capital Stage show has unplugged and moved into a secluded community that emulates Middle America, circa 1955.

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