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Maryland Dream Act Discussed In Public Hearing

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The so-called Maryland Dream Act would allow students without legal resident status to pay in-state or in-county tuition as long as they graduate from a Maryland high school they've attended for at least two years.

The measure is sponsored by Sen. Victor Ramirez (D), who hopes to have Maryland join 11 other states which currently allow undocumented students to pay the reduced cost.

Opponents argue the bill gives preferential treatment to undocumented students at a time when taxpayers in Maryland can least afford it.

Wednesday's public hearing before the Senate Education Affairs Committee allows both sides to make their case for the issue. Testimony is expected to last into the evening.

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How Art Transformed A Remote Japanese Island

The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. "The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably," says a resident.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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