Law
3:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:38 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action in higher education. The 6-to-2 decision is likely to set the stage for further battles over affirmative action in the political arena, as well as the courts.

In 2006, Michigan voters, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent, passed a referendum to amend the state Constitution and ban any consideration of race in college and university admissions. A federal appeals court invalidated the ban, citing earlier Supreme Court decisions that prevented restructuring government to disadvantage minorities.

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Education
3:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa

Preschool student Stormy Frazier watches a science experiment unfold in Nikki Jones' classroom in Tulsa, Okla. You can learn more about preschool in Tulsa here.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:38 pm

Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.

But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here.

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Technology
3:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:38 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A moment now remember how the future looked 50 years ago today.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "FUTURAMA")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Welcome to a journey into the future, a journey for everyone today, into the everywhere of tomorrow.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

On this date in 1964, the New York World's Fair opened. It offered visions of a better future, much of it based on technology. A popular exhibit was this one: General Motors' "Futurama."

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "FUTURAMA")

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All Tech Considered
3:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Monica Chavez packs up a box at an Amazon.com fulfillment center Dec. 2, in Phoenix.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:34 pm

Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. In fact, few do.

Congress is considering a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act that would force many online sellers to collect sales taxes for the first time.

In the meantime, some states have already enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional brick-and-mortar stores do.

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Pride Center San Antonio
3:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

LGBT Pride Center Opens New Location In Monte Vista

The new location of the Pride Center San Antonio at 147 E. Mistletoe Ave.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Pride Center San Antonio has been looking for a permanent home since it gained nonprofit status in 2012. Its new location is at the corner of McCullough and Mistletoe. Pride Center Board Chair Richard Farias said the hope of having a physical location is to be the hub for San Antonio’s LGBT community.

“There’s 60 plus organizations that are either predominantly LGBT or solely LGBT in one way or another but many people don’t realize that," Farias said. "There wasn’t a common place to promote and have access to those.”

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2014 Governor's Race
2:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Abbott Campaign Enters The Era Of Virtual Currency, Will Accept Bitcoins

Credit Wikimedia Commons user CASASCIUS / cc

Greg Abbott’s campaign announced last week it would begin accepting bitcoin contributions, but with the fluctuating value of the currency many political experts see the move as more of a way for Abbott to attract a certain type of supporter.

Abbott wrote in a memo:

“The spirit of Bitcoin embodies the free market principles that make Texas a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”  

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The Source - April 22, 2014
2:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: San Antonio's Bid For Tesla

Joseph Thorton (Flickr user: jtjdt) cc

It was a secret meeting that every one heard about: Big wheels from Tesla having a sit down with local leaders. The topic: The "gigafactory" that everyone wants.

Private entreaties from CPS Energy also made public, the city may pull out all the stops to land the estimated $5 billion-$6 billion deal. 

Do we really have a shot at Tesla's "gigafactory"?

Guest:

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Author Interviews
2:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker goes behind the scenes in the fight for marriage equality. Above, Eric Breese of Rochester, N.Y., joins hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:34 pm

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker tells the behind-the-scenes story of an important chapter in the fight for marriage equality. She embedded with the team that challenged Proposition 8 — the 2008 anti-gay-marriage California ballot initiative that called for amending the state constitution to say that the state would only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

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Parallels
2:49 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

A truck carries the body of Ankaji Sherpa during a funeral rally in Katmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday. Ankaji Sherpa died last week in the avalanche that killed at least 13.
Navesh Chitrakar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:03 pm

The climbing season on Mount Everest is still in doubt after last week's disaster on the mountain in which 13 Sherpas died and another three are missing and presumed dead. As Mark Memmott notes over at our Two-Way blog, it was the single deadliest day on the mountain.

But just who are Sherpas, and what exactly do they do that makes them so invaluable to mountaineering? Here are some answers.

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It's All Politics
2:31 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

In TV Ad, GOP Senate Candidate Mocks 'War On Women' Rhetoric

A scene from Michigan GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land's first TV ad, titled, "Really?"
Terri Lynn Land campaign

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:48 pm

For her campaign's first TV ad, Michigan Republican Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land is taking an unconventional approach.

She's attempting to take a familiar Democratic attack line and flip it against her male challenger.

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