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11:37 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Downgrade: How State Credit Ratings Could Impact The 2016 Race

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and possible Republican presidential candidate speaks during the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit on June 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
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Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 1:49 pm

In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Rick Perry is getting in Thursday, and both Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal have announced that they have announcements to make.

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All Tech Considered
5:59 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Phone Carriers Tight-Lipped On How They Will Comply With New Surveillance Law

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:03 pm

The new USA Freedom Act prevents the bulk collection of phone call metadata by the NSA. AT&T, Verizon and other carriers will keep phone call metadata on their servers, and give it to the National Security Agency if subpoenaed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, often called the FISA Court.

To be clear, phone companies do not have a new mandate to collect or store metadata — the numbers called and time and length of those calls.

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NPR Story
4:33 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Ex-Employees Accuse CVS Of Racial Discrimination Against Customers

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:30 am

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The pharmacy chain CVS has been hit with a federal lawsuit. Some former employees claim that CVS stores in New York City are racially profiling black and Latino customers as potential shoplifters. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang has more.

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Shots - Health News
4:33 am
Thu June 4, 2015

State Obamacare Exchanges Experience Growing Pains

An Access Health CT location in New Britain, Conn.
Courtesy of Access Health CT

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 10:50 am

The states that set up their own insurance marketplaces have nothing to lose in King v. Burwell, the big Supreme Court case that will be decided by the end of June. But that doesn't mean those states are breathing easy.

With varying degrees of difficulty, all of the state-based exchanges are struggling to figure out how to become financially self-sufficient as the spigot of federal start-up money shuts off.

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Food
5:26 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

California Avocado Farmers Boost Yields With New Growing Method

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 11:51 pm

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Introducing The First Nonmedical Intern Union In The U.S.

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 1:00 pm

Updated June 4 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Nobody expects an internship to make one rich — but for many, the entire experience has become simply unattainable.

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All Tech Considered
4:59 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Detroit Hopes To Drive Tech Startups Away From Silicon Valley

TechTown Detroit is located in an old General Motors factory built in 1927. About 40 small businesses work out of the building.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:04 pm

Many University of Michigan business students who have an entrepreneurial streak take Professor Jerry Davis' start-up class. Davis has lived in the Silicon Valley, he has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and he has advice for young people: Forget the Bay Area.

"You spend a whole lot of your time on freeways. It's expensive, it's annoying. The weather is beautiful, but basically the Bay Area has turned into Los Angeles," Davis says. "All the things that people hate about LA are now true of the Bay Area."

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The Salt
4:46 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Drought May Cost California's Farmers Almost $3 Billion In 2015

A row of newly planted organic tomatoes on April 23, 2015 in Firebaugh, Calif. Some farmers are moving tomato production to the north of the state where water supplies are better.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:52 am

California's drought isn't just turning green lawns brown or #droughtshaming into a trending topic. It's taking a multi-billion dollar toll on the state's agricultural industry as well.

The University of California, Davis is out with a new report, and some of the numbers are steep. The study found that in 2015 alone, the drought will cost the state's farmers industry $2.7 billion and more than 18,000 jobs, with 564,000 acres fallowed.

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Business
4:16 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Benjamin Lawsky, The Sheriff Of Wall Street, To Hand In His Badge

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:59 am

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Politics
4:12 am
Wed June 3, 2015

House Panel Questions Air Bag Manufacturer About Chemical Explosive It Uses

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:59 am

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NPR Story
4:03 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:59 am

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NPR Ed
3:58 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change

The College Board has announced a partnership with Khan Academy to make prep materials for the SAT college-entrance exam available free online.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 1:05 pm

The SAT is undergoing major changes for 2016.

And, as of today, students — for free — can tap into new online study prep tools from Khan Academy, the online education nonprofit.

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U.S.
2:48 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Most Commuter Rails Won't Meet Deadline For Mandated Safety Systems

Despite Congress mandating all railroads be equipped with a Positive Train Control system by the end of the year, Chicago's Metra system isn't expected to reach that goal until 2019. Most commuter trains won't meet the deadline.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:59 am

Many investigators say Positive Train Control (PTC), an automated safety system, could have prevented last month's Amtrak train derailment. Amtrak officials have said they will have PTC installed throughout the northeast corridor by the end of this year, which is the deadline mandated by Congress.

But the vast majority of other commuter railroad systems, which provided nearly 500 million rides in 2014, won't be able to fully implement positive train control for several more years.

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All Tech Considered
2:47 am
Wed June 3, 2015

A Taxi App Aims To Build Trust Where Crime Is High

Traffic stands still in Nairobi. People in Kenya's capital don't like getting into cabs driven by strangers. They prefer to call drivers they know or who their friends recommend.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:59 am

It's a problem in a taxi economy if people don't like getting into cabs that are driven by strangers. A cab driver is a stranger almost by definition. But in the high-crime city of Nairobi, Kenya, people prefer to call up drivers they know or who their friends recommend.

An American named Jason Eisen spent years in Nairobi as a consultant until he had his big idea. He built an app that doesn't just tell you which taxis are close by, like Uber does. It also assigns the driver a trust score, by scouring riders' contacts and social media.

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All Tech Considered
7:05 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Coming Soon: More Ads On Instagram, And A 'Buy' Feature On Pinterest

Pinterest will soon allow users to buy products they find directly through the app. The company says users have been asking for that feature for a while.
Pinterest

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 9:27 am

Both social apps have the announcements in posts to their respective blogs. Instagram says its new ad strategy will bring "new formats, increased relevance, and broader [ad] availability." Pinterest is more direct; the title of its post is "Coming soon: Buyable Pins!" Here's a breakdown.

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