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Every weekday, hosts Amy Kiley,Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish, Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special – sometimes quirky – features.

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It won’t be decided until June 20, but there’s already a big winner in the special election for Georgia’s 6th District Congressional race: Atlanta's local TV stations.  

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The family business of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, wants to build a pair of skyscrapers in a gritty New Jersey neighborhood.

But the Jersey City project faces a number of hurdles.

This week, it ran headlong into a new one — an ethics flap, after Kushner's sister highlighted her family ties to the White House while pitching the development to wealthy Chinese investors. That's prompting closer scrutiny of the project, and the controversial immigrant investor visa program that could help finance it.

Plastic surgery, private jets, toddlers in designer clothes, magnums of champagne — Lauren Greenfield's 500-page photo collection, Generation Wealth, shows all of that. But this book isn't just about people who are wealthy, it's about people who want to be wealthy.

Town hall meetings got loud for some Republican members of Congress this week, as they defended the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives. Constituents have been asking a lot of questions, and we've been fact-checking the answers given by some leading GOP lawmakers.

Tom Reed, R-N.Y., at a town hall meeting in his district

"The pre-existing reform is not repealed by this legislation."

Fact check: That's not the whole truth

State Rep. Allen Peake speaks on behalf of his bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia for patients with certain illnesses earlier this year.
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Tuesday that would allow more people to be eligible for treatment under Georgia’s medical cannabis program.

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The bill, SB 16, adds six medical conditions to be covered under the program, which allows people with approved conditions to legally possess a certain amount of cannabis oil. Two of the new conditions are autism and Alzheimer's Disease.  

Governor Nathan Deal signs Senate Bill 219 on Monday, allowing for self-driving cars on Georgia roads.
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Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Monday making self-driving cars that have the proper insurance and registration legal on Georgia roads.

Harry Lightsey, General Motor's executive director of public policy on emerging technologies, said GM already has 50 cars it's testing in three cities: San Francisco, Scottsdale, Ariz. and Detroit.

Most car buyers don't do more than the most perfunctory test drive of new or used cars. But with so much new technology and features in today's cars and trucks, a thorough test drive is more important than ever.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus — who plays U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy Veep -- says that growing up in Washington, D.C., and later living in Los Angeles helped her prepare for the role:

"I think I understand the insular nature of Washington ... " she says. "There's an inside-the-Beltway mentality, not dissimilar from Hollywood — it feels like the only thing that matters. I think you're selling a brand of yourself."

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, a career-defining single was born — and with it, endless sitcom jokes and rap homages. It was referenced in Sing, the 2016 animated children's movie, and in Shrek years before that. But when it debuted in 1992, there were those who took it to heart as an anthem of body positivity.

In 1995, NPR's All Things Considered invited tech writer Walt Mossberg on to the show to report on an increasingly popular phenomenon: the World Wide Web.

Mossberg shared a tool that helped to make sense of a disorganized and chaotic Internet, a website called Yahoo. At the time, Yahoo was a directory service for searching online, he explained.

Georgia Students Respond To New 'Campus Carry' Law

May 8, 2017
Governor Nathan Deal signed the campus carry bill into law last Thursday.
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Starting in July, licensed gun owners, age 21 and older, will be able to carry concealed weapons on Georgia's public college campuses.

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University of Georgia freshman Parrish McWhorter, who is a double major in women’s studies and printmaking, said she’s been involved in protests against "campus carry" and had called Gov. Nathan Deal’s office every day in protest.

Tony Bennett, right, lead teacher at the Sheltering Arms, an early education and family center in Atlanta, Ga. works with a group of Pre-K students Thursday, May 10, 2007. A study released by the Southern Education Foundation reported that the South is le
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The Georgia lottery provides money for about 84,000 4 year olds to attend the state’s pre-kindergarten program. But only 81,000 children are served, due to a lack of space.

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Debates about health care are complicated, and it's easy to get overwhelmed when complicated things like premiums, block grants, state waivers, Medicaid and Medicare are the main topics.

But what are the ideas driving this debate? And why do debates get so heated when we're talking about something so technical?

On college campuses, outrage over provocative speakers sometimes turns violent.

It's becoming a pattern on campuses around the country. A speaker is invited, often by a conservative student group. Other students oppose the speaker, and maybe they protest. If the speech happens, the speaker is heckled. Sometimes there's violence.

North Korea now has its own version of Spam in grocery stores. In the capital, Pyongyang, at least, everyone has a smartphone — or two.

These are some of the things journalist Jean Lee didn't see five years ago when she opened the Associated Press bureau in the capital of the impoverished and isolated country.

Now a global fellow at the Wilson Center, Lee was invited to travel to North Korea this week to attend a medical conference in Pyongyang and follow a team of Korean-American surgeons.

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Georgia's university system has less than two months to implement a law that will allowing concealed guns on college campuses after Gov. Nathan Deal signed the measure Thursday.

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The law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus, except for some areas, including student housing facilities, faculty offices and athletic venues.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a notorious Afghan warlord known as the "Butcher of Kabul," returned to the city he so often attacked with rockets and was welcomed Thursday by President Ashraf Ghani, who thanked him for "heeding the peace call."

Hekmatyar, 69, is among the most prominent surviving figures from the early days of war that began with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and grinds on to this day.

At AT&T's corporate innovation center in Atlanta, employees have desks on wheels so they can easily rearrange themselves based on the projects they're working on.
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Technology startups are all about testing big ideas quickly and efficiently, skipping much of the bureaucracy common at more established corporations.

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But large companies realize they’ve got to keep up to stay relevant and can't wait around to be "disrupted.”

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One popular place in Buckhead won't be lighting up the sky this Fourth of July.

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The annual Lenox Square Fourth of July celebration won't have fireworks this year. That's according to the BRAVE public relations firm that represents Lenox Square.

Instead, Lenox officials say they are joining forces with Centennial Olympic Park's Independence Day Celebration to bring what they call the "Best Fireworks Show in Atlanta."

Of all the wild places along the U.S.-Mexico border, Big Bend National Park, named for the great curve of the Rio Grande, is the gem.

In Santa Elena Canyon in west Texas, the international river flows between 1,500-foot-tall sheer walls of limestone — a study in light, shadow, water and time.

The Big Bend region — where the ghostly Chisos Mountains rise out of the prickly Chihuahuan Desert — is sacred ground. As writer Marion Winik described, it's "what I imagine the mind of God looks like."

A deadline is fast approaching for Republican lawmakers who want to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.

Emory student Naman Gupta using the Yik Yak app on Emory University's campus in Atlanta. Students protested hate speech on the app and called on the University to block the app on its campus.
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This is the last week in business for Atlanta-based technology startup Yik Yak. Co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington announced recently that operations for Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app, would be shutting down.

Yik Yak users used the app to create and view posts – called Yaks – within a five-mile radius.

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Clarkston Limits Cooperation With Immigration Officers

May 3, 2017
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The Clarkston City Council passed legislation that limits cooperation with federal immigration officers.

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City council members voted unanimously in favor of this measure that adopts a "non-detainer" policy, which means that federal immigration officers can still detain people for immigration violations, but the local police won't get involved. 

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And for more on how people in Baton Rouge are reacting to this news, we have Sharon Weston Broome on the line. She is the mayor-president of Baton Rouge. Welcome to the program.

SHARON WESTON BROOME: Thank you very much.

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Georgia ranks fifth among states with the most drinking water violations. That's according to a new study by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy group.

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The study says Georgia's violations happened mostly in rural areas with smaller water systems. 

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Police departments near Georgia’s biggest universities said they don’t have immediate plans to increase security around campus boundaries after Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Tuesday he wasn’t “satisfied” with what local law enforcement have done to protect students.

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Georgia schools are serving an increasing number of Latino students. In the Hall County School District, for example, the student population is more than 40 percent Latino. 

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But it's not easy to find Latino teachers to lead those classrooms. Robert Wilson, the principal at Lyman Hall Elementary School in Hall County, said his school’s student body is 98.5 percent Latino. In addition, 99 percent of his students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

At a pro-U.S. rally in central Seoul over the weekend, supporters of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye chanted for the destruction of their enemy, North Korea. They've formed an encampment outside City Hall, where they express support for Park and the U.S., and criticize left-wing politicians.

Park was removed from office in March, a first in South Korea's history. She goes on trial Tuesday for corruption, and faces life in prison if convicted. On May 9, there's a presidential election to replace her.

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