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8:03 am
Sat April 18, 2015

In New Orleans, Young Lives Adrift

Craig Adams, Jr., 18, is studying for his second try at the high school equivalency exam.
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On weekend afternoons, Craig Adams Jr. plays for tourists on the streets of the French Quarter.

He gigs with different bands, bringing whatever's needed: trumpet, trombone, saxophone — he plays six or seven instruments in all. There's a white plastic bucket on the sidewalk so people can drop in cash as they browse the T-shirts and Mardi Gras masks.

Craig is 18, and there's music in his blood: "I had my uncle, my grandfather, and my dad to teach me." His father, Craig Adams Sr., leads a group called the Higher Dimensions of Praise Gospel Band.

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Environment
7:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Why Water Markets Might Work In California

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:25 am

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Around the Nation
7:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

20 Years Later, Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Fight Stigmas

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:59 am

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It's All Politics
5:41 am
Sat April 18, 2015

The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition

Reporters and campaign staffers rush to their cars to get to Hillary Clinton's first Iowa campaign stop.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:25 am

Editor's Note: This is a reporter's notebook from NPR's Tamara Keith, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The e-mail from the Clinton campaign came late on Monday. Meet at the Panera Bread in Davenport, Iowa, at 9:45 in the morning. I was to be one of about a dozen reporters in a press pool given access to an unpublicized stop. What we quickly learned was that the restaurant was a decoy. The unannounced meet-and-greet was happening at a small coffee shop 20 minutes away in Le Claire.

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Goats and Soda
4:59 am
Sat April 18, 2015

In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan banned live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore.
Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:36 am

In his home in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Khan holds up his late father's violin. There are no strings, the wood is scratched and the bridge is missing.

"There was a time when people used to come to Lahore from all over the world to hear its musicians," the 65-year-old violinist says in the new documentary, Song of Lahore. "Now we can't even find someone to repair our violins."

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The Two-Way
8:48 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard oral arguments in a case that could determine the viability of President Obama's plan to temporarily shield more than four million undocumented immigrants from deportation and issue them work permits.

At stake is whether the president will get to implement his plan before his term expires.

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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law today allowing nitrogen to be used in executions in the state in case lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or the drugs are not available.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

"We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccounted money out of it, once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment," Hillary Clinton said at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa Tuesday.
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 12:27 am

Hillary Clinton made a surprising move this week. It wasn't running for president — she'd already set the stage for that — but embracing the idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money in politics.

The notion of amending the Constitution this way has been discussed, literally for decades. But Clinton is joining a new, if small, chorus of prominent politicians who are talking it up.

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Sports
5:44 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

NBA Players Union Head Michele Roberts Says No Lockout Expected

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

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World
5:44 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Syrian Government Believed To Be Behind Chlorine Gas Attack

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:05 pm

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