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Law
4:07 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ferguson Pastor: This Is Not A Race Issue; This Is A Human Issue

The Rev. Willis Johnson (right) confronts Joshua Wilson, 18, as protesters block traffic during a demonstration against the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. Rev. Johnson convinced Wilson, one of the last holdouts in the intersection, that he should leave and avoid arrest.
Sid Hastings For The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 9:43 am

It's been a tense week in Ferguson, Mo. Protests erupted after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer Saturday. For many, the fear and frustration is familiar.

Amid the demonstrations Wednesday, the Rev. Willis Johnson tried to talk down 18-year-old Joshua Wilson. A photo in the Washington Post showed the two in a powerful moment.

Johnson says police were ordering protesters to move aside as police advanced, and that he was trying to keep Wilson out of harm's way.

He says he was not attempting to discourage protest.

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Planet Money
4:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Should We Kill The $100 Bill?

Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That's about a trillion dollars.

Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Ken Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, says the $100 bill helps criminals:

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Africa
3:16 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Kenyan Health Workers Fear Ebola May Take Flight

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Kenya's international airport is on high alert, since the Kenya Medical Association has called on the national airline to suspend flights due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak. The airline has responded by pledging faith in its new screening procedures. The World Health Organization has labeled Kenya a "high risk" country for the spread of Ebola.

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Sports
3:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Criminal Charges Appear Unlikely For NASCAR's Tony Stewart

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

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Hundreds of people gathered in the small town of Turin in upstate New York today to remember Kevin Ward Jr. He was the 20-year-old racecar driver who was killed last Saturday when he was hit by the car of top NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart.

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Europe
3:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Once-Thriving Heart Of The Eurozone Stagnates

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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Iraq
8:14 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Hagel Says Rescue Mission At Iraq's Mt. Sinjar Is No Longer Needed

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:32 pm

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The Salt
5:32 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

Dan Selvig says wetter conditions helped convince his family to shift their plantings to corn.
John Ydstie NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 10:29 am

Overall, climate change is predicted to hurt agriculture around the world. It could even threaten corn production in the Corn Belt.

But in North Dakota conditions are now better for raising corn, and that's a big benefit for farmers.

When I was growing up in Wolford, N.D., up near the Canadian border, wheat was king. It had been the dominant crop since the prairie was first plowed in the late 1800s. So it was kind of strange to go back this summer and find Larry Slaubaugh, a local farmer, filling his 18-wheeler with corn from a huge steel grain bin.

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Business
4:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

City-Run Gas Station Makes Waves In Southeastern Kentucky

Bob Thomas fills up his pickup truck at the municipal-run gas station in Somerset, Ky. There are no candy bars, 44-ounce soft drinks or lottery tickets sold. The price of gas here is $3.36 a gallon, about 20 cents lower than the statewide average.
Emil Moffatt WKYU

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 6:41 pm

After years of complaints about high gas prices in Somerset, Ky., the city council and mayor did something about it. Last month, Somerset began selling gasoline to the public.

"It should have been this way years ago — fair," says Bob Thomas as he fills up his green pickup truck at the municipal Somerset Fuel Center.

The price is $3.36 a gallon, lower than the statewide average.

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Race
3:39 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

In Hashtag Protest, 'Black Twitter' Shows Its Strength

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:14 pm

Following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, many young African-Americans posted pictures of themselves on Twitter under the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. They were protesting the damaging ways in which young black men like Brown are often portrayed in the media. The response demonstrated the scope of what's informally known as Black Twitter, a virtual community of African-American Twitter users.

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Education
3:36 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Forget The Bake Sale: Some Of School's Funds Come From Bars And Brothels

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:14 pm

This month, schools across the U.S. are preparing for students to return to the classroom and looking for creative ways to supplement budgets. As Capital Public Radio's Ky Plaskon reports, one Nevada school district is turning to unlikely sources of funding: liquor and prostitution.

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