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Precedents For Bag Searches, Metro Security Efforts

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Local civil liberties groups are criticizing Metro for random bag searches implemented today at train stations. Metro says the searches are part of its continuing effort to improve security. Civil liberties groups say they violate the Fourth Amendment and are not necessarily effective.

Michael Greenberger talks with WAMU host Matt McCleskey about the controversy. He's a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and the director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security.

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Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.
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The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
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The Politics Hour - May 6, 2016

Metro announces its maintenance plan--and the service disruptions it will cause. Election watchdogs question Baltimore primary results. And Republicans in our region are put on the spot about supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.

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