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Could Baltimore Move Its City Elections?

After a string of low-turnout elections in Baltimore, a coalition of groups is calling for the city to reset its election cycle, according to Associated Press.

Baltimore currently holds its local elections in the year after statewide elections and before presidential elections. Approximately 22 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last year's mayoral primary, and turnout fell to about 13 percent in the general election. 

Representatives of the Baltimore Election Change Coalition saying bringing city elections in line with the statewide cycle would boost turnout and save money.

Some politicians, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, support the change. But syncing the city elections with the presidential cycle might be more popular, because a move to the next statewide election would shorten the terms of those currently serving in office.

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Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.
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Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

For the third year in a row, the H-2A visa program is running behind. That's left farmers waiting for planters and pickers even as the harvest season is well underway.
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Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth

He's beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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