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Politics
8:53 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Paul Ryan Talks About The President's 2014 Budget

The House of Representative Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan says he sees hope for a bipartisan budget agreement for the first time since President Obama came to office.

Alabama Veterans Cemetery
8:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Consecration Set for Alabama Veterans Cemetery

Alabama's new Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.
va.state.al.us

The state Department of Veterans Affairs is planning a consecration service for Alabama's new Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort on April 17.


A department spokesman said representatives of different religions will offer blessings and conduct rituals appropriate to their faiths during the 10 a.m. service. He said the service is in preparation for the cemetery's first interments.

Education Budget
6:27 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Alabama House Oks Education Budget; Pay Hike

The Alabama House has approved a $5.7 billion dollar education budget. It now heads to the Senate.
fox10tv.com

The Alabama House has adopted a $5.7 billion budget that gives teachers and other education employees their first pay raise since 2008.


The spending plan gives public school employees a 2 percent raise. That's less than the 5 percent increase supported by Democratic lawmakers.


The budget was adopted late Wednesday after more than six hours of debate on the spending plan and a separate pay raise bill.


House members voted 62-37 against a proposed amendment by Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre to increase the raise to 5 percent.

Law
4:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

D.C. Circuit Court Operates With Four Vacancies

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. is second only to the United States Supreme Court in terms of the important cases it decides. But the court, known as the D.C. Circuit, has been limping along with four vacancies. President Obama's first nominee recently withdrew after two Senate filibusters blocked her path. The White House is hoping its other nominee will have an easier ride.

Here's NPR's Carrie Johnson.

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Politics
4:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Tries To Repair GOP's Image With Minorities

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:59 am

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In recent elections the Republican Party has struggled to find much support among African-American voters. That though did not dissuade Kentucky's Republican Senator Rand Paul from making a pitch yesterday at Howard University, the historically black college in the nation's capital.

NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson was listening.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Rand Paul spoke carefully from a teleprompter and posed this question to his audience of young African-American students.

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Politics
4:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate Readies To Debate Gun Control Measure

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:59 am

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On Capitol Hill, the Senate is set to open debate this morning on the first major gun control legislation to reach Congress in two decades. Some Republicans, though, say they have a pretty good reason to hold up that debate. NPR's Ailsa Chang explains.

AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: Senator Mike Lee of Utah is one of the Republicans who say they're filibustering, and here's his rational: He's not actually trying to block debate. He's just trying to buy more time to consider the proposals.

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Politics
4:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Thousands Rally In Support Of Immigration Overhaul

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:59 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep reporting this week from Caracas, Venezuela.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene in Washington.

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It's All Politics
5:17 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate

First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday speaks about 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago earlier this year.
Paul Beaty AP

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:19 pm

First lady Michelle Obama gave a personal and emotional speech Wednesday in Chicago as she stepped into the debate over gun control.

"Right now, my husband is fighting as hard as he can and engaging as many people as he can to pass common-sense reforms to protect our children from gun violence," she said.

The first lady was in her hometown to encourage business leaders to donate millions of dollars to programs for at-risk youth.

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Alabama-Shooting Plan
4:56 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Alabama Plan Addresses Active Shooters

Ala. Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier has prepared a plan for preventing and responding to active shooters.
Credit Office of the Governor

Alabama's secretary of law enforcement has prepared a plan for preventing and responding to active shooters.


Secretary Spencer Collier says law enforcement can't predict when a person intends to kill several people, but they can be trained and prepared to decrease a potential shooter's chances of executing the crime.

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Road Repairs
4:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Gov. Bentley Signs Law To Fund Road Repairs

Governor Bentley signed legislation that would give even greater access to counties to participate in road and bridge projects.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation to help all counties participate in a program to repair roads and bridges.

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The Salt
4:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

As Promised: Obama Wants To Overhaul Global Anti-Hunger Efforts

Palestinians unload bags of flour donated by USAID, or the United States Agency for International Development, at a depot in the West Bank village of Anin in 2008.
Mohammed Ballas AP

The White House unveiled its proposal Wednesday for drastic changes in government programs that donate food to fight hunger abroad — and surprised no one.

As we reported last week, rumors of such an overhaul had been circulating for weeks, arousing both hope and anger among organizations involved in global anti-hunger programs.

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It's All Politics
3:34 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Some States Hike Gas Tax; Va. Tries New Route To Fund Roads

Drivers travel on Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, near Tysons Corner in Fairfax County, Va., in November, just days before the opening of four new express lanes. Virginia is among 19 states that have approved or are considering legislation to increase transportation funding, according to Transportation for America.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:19 pm

It's no secret that many of the nation's roads are in pretty bad shape. In the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the condition of America's highways rated a grade of D.

Congestion is a big problem, and so is upkeep. Most states rely on gas taxes to raise the money for repairs and new construction, but that funding source is not the stream it used to be, says James Corless of Transportation for America.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Obama Budget Includes Tax Increases, Entitlement Cuts

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:19 pm

President Obama released his 2013 budget on Wednesday.

Politics
3:34 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Agrees To Background Check Plan

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:19 pm

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

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Politics
3:34 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

GOP Rejects Tax Increases In Obama's Budget

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:19 pm

Audie Cornish talks to GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers about President Obama's new budget.

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