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Government Shutdown Day 2: Local Fallout

As the federal government shutdown entered its second day, legislators whose districts have been particularly hard hit began looking for ways to minimize the local impact. Using a bill from the last federal shutdown in 1996 and 1997 as a model, nearly a dozen House lawmakers proposed a bill to provide back pay to furloughed workers. And in D.C., a temporary reserve fund kept the city government open even as its permanent budget remained tied up under the budget impasse. Kojo speaks with two legislators who are working to ease the crisis for local workers, even as Congress continues its budget stalemate.

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Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights

Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television. Now, she's getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey's Anatomy. She talks about the highs and lows of her career.
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Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

Vermont is the first state to pass a law requiring GMO labeling, and other states are close behind. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.
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Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients ran into trouble in the courts. Law professor Pauline Kim and reporter Curt Anderson discuss the drug testing battle.
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The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age

From adultery to envy, is social media making it harder to honor the Ten Commandments? Paul Edwards of The Deseret News talks about its series on how the Commandments fit into American life today.

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