Government & Politics
11:07 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Big Property Tax Surprise Coming for Many California Homeowners

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Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

California homeowners who saw their property taxes plunge along with their homes’ market values during the recession could get some sticker shock when their next tax bill arrives.  As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the bad news for homeowners is good news for state and local budgets.

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The Salt
11:02 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Burger King Veggie Burger

You've got your work cut out for you here, mayonnaise.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:24 pm

Burger King has made great reforms in the past few years, in case you haven't noticed. First, the election of its first Burger Prime Minister freed its citizens from the absolute monarchy that had ruled the restaurant for decades. Second, it created a veggie burger.

Eva: I wonder where they got the vegetarian pink slime.

Miles: I do have to hand it to Burger King, its food-shame substitute feels almost exactly like the real thing.

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NPR Story
10:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Fighting Words From Minnesota Rapper Dessa

Dessa's latest album is "Parts of Speech." (Doomtree)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:48 pm

Stephen Thompson, NPR Music writer and editor, brings us a new single from Minnesota rapper Dessa.

“Fighting Fish,” from her new album Parts of Speech, includes lyrics about Greek philosophy and emotional turmoil.

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The Salt
10:52 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

A shandy in the summertime
Holly Clark Photo courtesy of Holly Clark Photography

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:34 pm

A beer cocktail quaffed around the world for centuries is quickly becoming America's "it" drink of the summer: shandy.

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NPR Story
10:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How TV Shows Cope With An Actor's Death

Cory Monteith at the Los Angeles premiere of "Glee" on May 11, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. (Todd Williamson/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old actor most famous for playing the high school jock turned glee club singer on the Fox show “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday night in his Vancouver hotel room.

The cause of death has not yet been made public. Monteith had struggled in the past with substance abuse.

It’s unclear how Glee producers will address Monteith’s death as the show ramps up for its new season.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Holder: Trayvon Martin Case Is A Chance For 'Difficult Dialogue'

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:59 am

Speaking at a luncheon for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Eric Holder said he shared concerns about the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year."

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NPR Story
10:40 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Head Start Programs Try To Deal With Sequester Cuts

Students pose for a picture at a Head Start program run by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. (CHC Community Action Agency)

Up to 70,000 children could lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Local programs are trying to compensate for the cuts by trimming other areas of their budgets, in an attempt to keep the Head Start slots in the program open for children.

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Parallels
10:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

New Bangladeshi Law Lets Workers Unionize More Freely

A Bangladeshi garment worker participates in a protest outside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association office building in the capital, Dhaka, on July 11. The country's Parliament approved a new law that would allow workers to unionize more freely.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 10:55 am

The garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than 1,000 people in April, has spurred the Parliament into action.

The legislature approved a law Monday that makes it easier for workers to unionize. The vote comes amid scrutiny of working conditions in the country after the building collapse outside Dhaka, the capital.

The building, Rana Plaza, housed garment factories that churned out products for some of the world's top brands.

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NPR Story
10:15 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Will The Latest Abortion Laws Hold Up In Court?

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-FortWorth, right, stands with fellow senators as Texas Senate debates abortion bill HB2, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Slate legal affairs editor Emily Bazelon writes that Texas joins 11 other states where abortions are banned at some point in the second trimester of pregnancy such as after 20 weeks, but it’s unlikely that those kinds of laws will pass muster at the Supreme Court.

It’s also unclear where courts will come down on new laws in 12 states, including Texas, that restrict access to abortion-inducing medication.

And 26 states now have laws that increase regulations on abortion clinics, such as requiring providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

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NPR Story
10:06 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Zimmerman's Legal Fight May Continue

Activists on Union Square stand with a cut out photo of Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (Craig Ruttle/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Thousands of demonstrators from across the country – chanting, praying and even fighting tears – protested a jury’s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges.

Rallies on Sunday were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s family and decried Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice.

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